Retro TV W/C 26th September 2008

by Modculture 25 September, 2008

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Barry Murphy returns once more trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 26th September to Thursday 2nd October 2008.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 celebrates the history of arts programmes on British TV this week with a new three-part documentary series The Art of Arts TV (Starting Sun 28th, 10pm), examining arts-based programmes from the past five decades. Highlights from the BBC’s Monitor arts programme from the early 1960s are shown on Sunday 28th with a rare screening of Pop Goes the Easel (BBC 4, 8.55pm) Ken Russell’s 1962 film on the Pop Art movement which features the works of Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Derek Boshier and Pauline Boty.

On the radio this week Johnnie Walker recalls the nine-month period from September 1966 to June 1967 when a Seattle-born psychedelic-blues guitarist changed from a shy, penniless musician into a dynamic and starry force in Jimi Hendrix: Made in London (BBC Radio 2. Saturday 27th, 7pm).

Friday 26th September

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry watches over the house of a penniless rock star.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie and Doyle stalk Cowley when he steals some lethal nerve gas.

Dave Gilmour Live at Gdansk – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.10pm (Repeated 1.30am)
New. Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour performs in front of the Gdansk shipyards.

David Gilmour: Gdansk Diary – BBC 4. 10.10pm – 10.40pm (Repeated 2.30am)
New. A snapshot of David Gilmour and his band as they prepare for a concert in Poland.

The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? -BBC 4. 10.40pm – 11.40pm (Repeated 3.00am)
Chronicling the history of one of Britain’s best-loved and most enduring rock bands over the last 40 years.

Life on Mars – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.40am
(8/8) Series One. Sam encounters his own father.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.30am
Too Many Christmas Trees. A seasonal house party disguises a sinister plot to read Steed’s mind. 

All You Need is Love – More4. 1.45am – 2.50am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. Tonight’s film looks at the origins of country music.

Film: Inseminoid (1981) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.40am
Gory UK sci-fi horror starring Judy Geeson. A member of an archaeological team is impregnated with an alien embryo.

Saturday 27th September

The Shock of the New – BBC 4. 8.05pm – 9.00pm
Robert Hughes explores the history of modern art, beginning with the birth of modernism.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.45pm – 9.45pm
Regan goes undercover as a lorry driver to catch a gang of hijackers.

Film: A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979) – BBC 2. 1.35am – 3.20am
Late 70’s comedy thriller set in London directed by Ralph Thomas and starring Richard Jordan and David Niven. A professional criminal masterminds a bank robbery for which he enlists the help of an American ex-convict.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Jimi Hendrix: Made in London – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Johnnie Walker recalls the nine-month period from September 1966 to June 1967 when Seattle-born psychedelic-blues guitarist Jim Hendrix lived in London, where he changed from a shy, penniless musician into a dynamic and starry force. With contributions from Eric Clapton, Robert Wyatt, Pete Townshend and Gered Mankowitz, plus archive input from Chas Chandler.

Sunday 28th September

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan finds romance.

Celebrating – The South Bank Show – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Charting the history of ITV’s flagship arts series, created in 1978 by Melvyn Bragg. With Dusty Springfield, Iggy Pop and Shane Meadows.

Monitor – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 10.00pm
Five programmes first shown in the vintage BBC arts strand Monitor. Orson Welles. The actor/director talks to Huw Wheldon.
8.10 – Henry Moore at Home. The sculptor discusses his work.
8.30 – Larkin and Betjeman. Poet Philip Larkin discusses his life.
8.55 – Pop Goes the Easel. A 1962 film on the Pop Art movement. With Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Derek Boshier and Pauline Boty. 
9.40 – Hitchcock and Wheldon. Alfred Hitchcock discusses his career.

The Art of Arts TV – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
(1/3) New series. The Singles Arts Film. Examining arts-based programmes from the past five decades, starting with a look at art house films, including Ken Russell’s Pop Goes the Easel.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 11.35pm – 12.45am
A convict is released from jail, only to find himself imprisoned once again – in more terrifying circumstances.

Film: The Buddy Holly Story (1978) – BBC 2. 11.50 – 1.40am
Nostalgic biopic starring Gary Busey as the legendary 1950s singer, whose life and career were tragically cut short by a plane crash.

Dave Gilmour Live at Gdansk – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
New. Pink Floyd guitarist and vocalist David Gilmour performs in front of the Gdansk shipyards.

Film: Masked and Anonymous (2003) – BBC 2. 1.40am – 3.25am
Meandering drama co-written and starring Bob Dylan, and co-starring Penelope Cruz.

Monday 29th September

1,001 Nights of the Late Show – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.40pm
First of three compilations looking at the history of the Late Show, as the arts and popular culture series begins its final week in its current format.

The Art of Arts TV (2/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The Arts Magazine Show. A look at how television programmes have presented cultural issues over the years, including Monitor and The Late Show.

Film: Croupier (1998) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Thriller starring Clive Owen. Aspiring writer Jack Manfred takes to job at a London casino. But, although the move provides Jack with some much needed cash, his position is compromised when he meets the seductive Jani de Villiers. Directed by Mike Hodges.

1,001 Nights of the Late Show – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.40am
Second of three compilations.

The Late Show – BBC 4. 11.40 – 12.20am
A Late Show special from 1993 on Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder’s famous homemovie footage of JFK’s assassination, which had been bought, sold, stolen and subpoenaed in the 30 years since it and Kennedy were shot. Features interviews with friends, journalists and filmmakers including Stan Brakhage, Eric Conger, Errol Morris and Gerald Posner. 

Radio

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a profile of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson. This final edition looks at Wilson’s UK appearances, his tax troubles and his collapse on stage in 1975. He died in 1984, aged 49.

Who’s Who (5/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.

Tuesday 30th September

TV

Film: Walk the Line (2005) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
This impressive biopic of Johnny Cash paints a frank portrait of the singer’s rise to fame. Joaquin Phoenix and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon give remarkable performances as Cash and his inspirational partner June Carter.

Flight of the Conchords (4/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Bret starts dating but won’t let Jermaine tag along.

Film: Death Race 2000 (1975) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 12.45am
Futuristic action satire starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The defending champion of a nationally televised Transcontinental Death Race – where contestants gain points by running over pedestrians – questions the ethics of this sick entertainment.

Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – Film4. 11.35pm – 1.15am
Classic sci-fi thriller starring Kevin McCarthy.

Arena at 30 –  BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.30am
Documentary looking at some of the most memorable Arena programmes of the past 30 years. With contributions from Anthony Wall, Alan Yentob, Lesley Megahey and Nigel Williams. 

Radio

Soul Music – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
So What. The first track on Miles Davis’s 1959 Kind of Blue was entitled So What and the album became the best-selling Jazz album of all time. This programme tells the stories of people whose lives were changed by this piece of music.

Howlin’ Wolf (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a tribute to Mississippi-born blues giant Howlin’ Wolf, who pioneered the electric guitar and helped create the Chicago blues sound.

Who’s Who (6/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.

Wednesday 1st October

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur helps an ex-con recover the loot from a robbery.

The Art of Arts TV (3/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The Landmark Arts Series. The final film in the series explores the monumental cultural impact of landmark series such as Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation from 1969.

Film: Death Race 2000 (1975) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.45pm
Futuristic action satire starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. The defending champion of a nationally televised Transcontinental Death Race – where contestants gain points by running over pedestrians – questions the ethics of this sick entertainment.

Film: Nil by Mouth (1997) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.20am
Grim British drama directed by Gary Oldman and starring Ray Winstone.

Radio

Who’s Who (7/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.

Thursday 2nd October

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are asked to investigate a crime dating back to 1953.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Radio 2’s hard-core music enthusiast returns with another run of programmes showcasing choice reggae tunes.

Who’s Who (8/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
1974 series featuring candid one-hour interviews with the original members of the Who.