Retro TV W/C 29th May 2009

by Modculture 28 May, 2009

Mamas

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 29th May to Thursday 4th June 2009.
 
Highlights of the week 

California Dreamin': The Mamas and the Papas, a new documentary charting the formation, instant rise and success of the Californian pop group is shown on BBC 4 this weekend (Friday 29th: 9pm & 1am and Sunday 31st: 10pm & 12.30am). Interviews with the band, coupled with performance and archive footage, show the group in their heyday, and the band give detailed accounts of the writing and recording of their hit songs, as well as their personal responses to (and problems with) instant fame and success.

Also worth mentioning, if you haven't seen any of the programming before, is BBC 4's Motown night on Saturday 31st. All of the evenings programmes are recent repeats, but as it is unlikely any of them are going to ever be released on DVD, it might be worth setting the ol' recorder.

On the radio this week, critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode looks at the history and controversy surrounding the movie Scum. (BBC Radio 4. Thursday 4th June, 11.30am). Originally made by the BBC in the late 1970s, its brutal depiction of life in the borstal system was deemed too controversial for broadcast and it was banned by the Corporation. It was then remade for the cinema and became one of the most infamous British films of the 1980s. The programme investigates the accuracy of the film and offers a portrait of its director Alan Clarke. Contributors include screenwriter Roy Minton, actor Mick Ford, former director of BBC television Alasdair Milne and the producers of both the BBC and theatrical versions.

Friday 29th May

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie's girlfriend seeks CI5's assistance to quash a drug smuggling ring after learning a former pupil is involved.

Sound of the Sixties – BBC 4. 8.45pm – 9.00pm

Includes performances by The Seekers, The Hollies and The Byrds.

California Dreamin': The Mamas and the Papas – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 1.00am)
New. Documentary charting the success of the Californian pop group, featuring performance and archive footage, and interviews with band members. The band also provide accounts of the writing and recording process involved in the creation of their songs.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm

The golden age of American pop in the mid-60s, featuring two influential groups of the period – The Mamas and the Papas and The Lovin' Spoonful.

The Old Grey Whistle Test – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.30pm (Repeated 2.00am)
Performances from the long-running music series, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, Fanny, Andy Pratt and Isaac Hayes. Presented by Richard Williams.

Flight of the Conchords (3/10) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight

Series two. Bret forms a gang to protect himself from a group of rappers he insulted in a song, Murray is bullied by staff at the Australian consulate , and Mel paints a portrait of Jermaine.

Radio

The Film Programme – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
The cinema magazine programme focuses on the career of Richard Lester. The director talks to Francine Stock about his films, including The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night, 1960s sex comedy The Knack and The Three Musketeers.

Saturday 30th May

TV

Legends: Motown Invasion – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm (Repeated 12.45am)
Documentary revealing what made Motown special though the lens of two decisive moments in 1965 – the Motown Revue UK tour and the Sounds of Motown Ready Steady Go! TV Special. Arriving in London in March 1965, the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder were bussed across Britain on a tough but crucial tour. The TV special, recorded during the tour, kicked open the door, thrusting Motown's slick routines and magical music into front rooms across the nation.

Motown at the BBC – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm (Repeated 1.45am)

To mark the 50 year anniversary of Motown, a compilation of some of the iconic record label's greatest names filmed live in the BBC studios. Visitors from Hitsville USA over the years have included Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops and the Jackson 5.

Film: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) -BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.45pm

Documentary that tells the story of the Funk Brothers, the Motown session musicians who were behind more number one hits that the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined. Drawn together from Detroit's jazz and blues scene, the film recounts their evolution of the Motown sound from its origins to its demise in LA during the 1970s, and reunites the surviving Funk Brothers for the first time in thirty years.

What's Going On? The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.45pm (Repeated 2.45am)

Marvin Gaye made ground-breaking albums which revolutionised American Soul. Yet his personal life was marred by failed relationships, drug addiction and an abusive father. Featuring interviews with him and those who knew him.

Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.45am
The city's influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, which paved the way for punk. Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Martha Reeves contribute.

Radio

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

Island 50 (2/2) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Don Letts celebrates 50 years of indie label Island Records in the conclusion of this new two-part series.

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

Sunday 31th May

TV

Film: Holiday on the Buses (1973) – ITV 3. 2.30pm – 4.15pm
The third and last in the series of successful big screen spin offs from the popular 70s sitcom. Stan, Jack and Inspector Blake are fired from the bus depot. Finding work at a holiday camp, Stan and Jack are horrified to discover that their arch enemy Blakey, has also got a job there as head of security.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Bodie and Doyle investigate when a shipment of gold bullion goes missing.

Beyond a Joke – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
How British sitcoms have reflected what was happening in the UK.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Eddie Monk wins a large amount of money – but then receives blackmailing phone calls.

California Dreamin': The Mamas and the Papas – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.55pm (Repeated 12.30am)

New. Documentary charting the success of the Californian pop group, featuring performance and archive footage, and interviews with band members. The band also provide accounts of the writing and recording process involved in the creation of their songs.

The Unforgettable… Kenny Everett – ITV 1. 10.15pm – 10.45pm

Celebrating the charisma and comedy of the radio DJ and outrageous enfant terrible of television.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 10.55pm – 11.45pm (Repeated 2.25am)
The golden age of American pop in the mid-60s, featuring two influential groups of the period – The Mamas and the Papas and The Lovin' Spoonful.

The Old Grey Whistle Test – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.30am (Repeated 3.15am)

Performances from the long-running music series, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, Fanny, Andy Pratt and Isaac Hayes. Presented by Richard Williams.

Film: Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1969) – Film4. 12.55am – 2.50am

The first sequel to Planet of the Apes starring James Franciscus and Charlton Heston. Deep underground in the forbidden zone, a community of mutant, telepathic humans worship a bomb.

Monday 1st June

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Eddie Monk wins a large amount of money.

Film: Baref

oot in the Park (1967) – Film4. 6.55pm – 9.00pm
Jane Fonda and Robert Redford star as a young married couple attempting to achieve newly wedded bliss in this romantic comedy.

Beyond a Joke – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

(5/5) Series looking at how British sitcoms including The Young Ones have reflected British life in the 20th century.

Ashes to Ashes (7/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series Two. The team discover the body of a Polish worker buried in concrete at a docklands building site. The murder investigation is instantly met with resistance from the construction manager.

Film: The Anderson Tapes (1971) – BBC 1. 12Midnight – 1.40am
Crime drama starring Sean Connery. On his release from jail, Duke immediately begins plotting a robbery.

Tuesday 2nd June

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.55pm – 7.25pm
Stan is lumbered with the job of running the depot canteen.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm

Miss Jones reports a prowler to the police and it is not long before an inspector calls – but unfortunately for Rigsby, he is not all he seems.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie refuses to believe a former friend has joined an Italian terrorist group.

Meet the British – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. From semi-naked women to prize-winning goats, this documentary examines the weird and wonderful ways the government has tried to promote Britain's image abroad.

Mary, Queen of Charity Shops – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

(1/3) New Series. Charity shops are rarely seen as a destination outlet for the discerning high-street shopper, but retail guru Mary Portas wants to change all that. Put in charge of one of Save the Children's worst-performing shops in Orpington, Kent, Mary shows the long-serving volunteer workforce how to go about reinvigorating the items they handle. But, faced with initial local indifference, has she bitten off more than she can chew?

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Grainger tries to prevent the lads completing their reconstruction of the bridge.

Flight of the Conchords (4/10) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 10.55pm
New. Series two. Murray Takes it to the Next Level. Murray decides to move Bret and Jemaine up from the level of colleagues to friends, but when they meet Murray's best pal Jim, the pair accidentally insult him.

Film: The Blues Brothers (1980) – ITV 4. 10.50pm – 1.25am

Cult musical comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as brothers Jake and Elwood Blues, who reform their band to raise money for their old orphanage, which is threatened with closure. Featuring a cast of r 'n' b heroes including Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn.

Make 'Em Laugh (3/6) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.25am

New. Andy Sedaris examines the world of slapstick comedy.

Radio

The Harlem Timeline (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. Soweto Kinch explores the musical heritage of the northern Manhattan district known as Harlem. The story continues with a look at the phenomenal rise of doo-wop in the 1950s and the unrest, protests and violence that characterised Harlem in the decade that followed.

Wednesday 3rd June

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 7.25pm
Stan and Jack are challenged to a darts match by clippies Iris and Jenny.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 8.00pm
Rigsby tries to drum up support for his local election candidate.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Terry is approached by a private investigator who is digging for information on Goddard.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.20pm
The lads find themselves in a tight spot after a disastrous job in Russia.

Meet the British – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
From semi-naked women to prize-winning goats, this documentary examines the weird and wonderful ways the government has tried to promote Britain's image abroad.

Thursday 4th June

TV

On the Buses – ITV 3. 6.50pm – 7.20pm
Mum and Olive get the flu – leaving Stan and Arthur to do all the chores.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

A private investigator digs for information.

Rising Damp – ITV 3. 7.20pm – 8.00pm
Alan smuggles a woman up to his room, but an appearance by her father soon puts paid to his dreams of romance.

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm

A mysterious agent escapes from the crime-busters, but carelessly leaves a palm print on the roof of a car.

Beyond a Joke – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
(5/5) Series looking at how British sitcoms including The Young Ones have reflected British life in the 20th century.

Film: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1979) – Virgin 1. 9.00pm – 11.25pm
Classic sci-fi thriller starring Donald Sutherland and Brooke Adams.

Radio

Scum – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
Critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode looks at the history and controversy surrounding the movie Scum. Originally made by the BBC in the late 1970s, its brutal depiction of life in the borstal system was deemed too controversial for broadcast and it was banned by the Corporation. It was then remade for the cinema and became one of the most infamous British films of the 1980s. The programme investigates the accuracy of the film and offers a portrait of its director Alan Clarke. Contributors include screenwriter Roy Minton, actor Mick Ford, former director of BBC television Alasdair Milne and the producers of both the BBC and theatrical versions.