Retro TV W/C 2nd January 2008

by Modculture 2 January, 2009

Motown
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 2nd January to Thursday 8th January 2008.

Highlights of the week

TV in 2009 kicks off with a new season devoted to that 1970s musical behemoth that is progressive rock, beginning with Prog Rock Britannia – An Observation in Three Movements (Friday 2nd. BBC 4, 10pm). Love it or hate it (and this reviewer pretty much hates it), at least the first programme should be of interest, as it covers the genre’s genesis in late-1960s psychedelia.

Actor and Motown devotee Martin Freeman makes the trip of a lifetime to Detroit, and then Los Angeles, to meet some of Motown’s biggest stars in The Culture Show (Tuesday 6th. BBC 2, 10pm), while Lock Up Your Daughters: Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the UK (Saturday 3rd, BBC 2, 11pm) tell tales of hedonism and debauchery spanning five decades. Finally, starting on Thursday 8th, BBC 4 starts its Style on Trial season, beginning with Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters (Thurs 8th, 9pm), in which the Savile Row menswear designer examines his relationship with style

On the radio this week, BBC Radio 2 starts its year of celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Motown Records with Motown Record Producers (Friday 2nd, 7pm), a new 6 part series Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (Monday 5th, 11.30pm), and a documentary exploring the career of the label’s founder in King of Motown: Berry Gordy (Tuesday 6th, 10.30pm). Elsewhere, the story of the German chanteuse and model Nico is told in Femme Fatale: the Story of Nico (BBC Radio 4.Tuesday 6th, 11.30am).

Friday 2nd January

TV

Film: Carry On Screaming (1966) – ITV 1. 12.55pm – 2.45pm
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams and Harry H Corbett. DS Bung investigates a doctor who is carrying out sinister experiments.

Morecambe & Wise: the Show What Paul Merton Did – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Lifelong aficionado Paul Merton hosts this celebration of the magic and genius of Eric & Ernie.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Two men rob a wealthy couple as they travel down a country lane.

Prog at the BBC – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New. A look at some of the exponents of the much-maligned genre. Part of Prog Rock at the BBC Season.

Prog Rock Britannia – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
An Observation in Three Movements – New. Documentary charting the path of progressive rock, from its genesis in late-1960s psychedelia, through the golden age of Yes, Genesis and ELP, to its decline following the emergence of punk in 1976.

Film: Sweeney! (1976) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Crime drama based on the TV series starring John Thaw.

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 12.15am
Review of the Year – Charlie reviews the very best and worst of 2008 and reflects on all the big issues, the trends the emerged and what can we expect next year.

Film: Carry On Girls (1973) – BBC 1. 12.10am – 1.40am
Comedy starring Sidney James. A man bullies a town council into staging a beauty contest as a publicity stunt. But the idea meets with fervent opposition.

Radio

Motown Record Producers – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
In a special one-off edition, Richard Allinson and Steve Levine continue Radio 2’s 50th-Anniversary Motown celebrations with a look at the talent behind the label’s enduring sound. Featuring new interviews with Smokey Robinson, songwriter/producer Frank Wilson, Bob Babbitt of the Funk Brothers, Abdul "Duke" Fakir of the Four Tops and dynamic trio Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland. Using rarely heard studio takes, the programme charts the transition from dramatic 1960s s.soul-pop to the more urban and LP-led sounds of the early-1970s.

Saturday 3rd January

TV

Prog Rock – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.40pm
Time Shift looks at how the genre of progressive rock came into being, with contributions from guitarist Steve Hackett, drummer Bill Bruford and DJ John Peel.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 9.05pm – 10.05pm

The flying squad foil the hijacking of a security truck.

Old Grey Whistle Test: ELP on Tour – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.30pm

Rockumentary venturing behind the scenes of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s 1973 European tour.

True Stories: Thriller in Manila – More4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm
In 1975, in the Philippine capital Manila, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their third and final match. Although they were previously friends, Ali’s involvement in the Black Nation of Islam caused a rift.

Lock Up Your Daughters: Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the UK – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 11.50pm

Rock ‘n’ Rolls remit has always included riling the establishment and shocking older generations. Here, industry insiders including Adam Faith, Boy George and Chuck D tell tales of hedonism and debauchery spanning five decades and crossing genres from psychedelia to punk and gangster rap.

Dog Altogether – Channel 4. 12.50am – 1.10am

Bafta-winning short, written and directed by Paddy Considine, about a man plagued by a self-destructive rage who seeks refuge in a charity shop in the hope of finding redemption.

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.

Sunday 4th January

TV

Film: Carry On Cruising (1962) – ITV 3. 1.30pm – 3.15pm
Saucy comedy. The SS Happy Wanderer is all set for a Mediterranean cruise when the captain discovers his crew is made up of willing but not very able newcomers.

Film: Carry On Jack (1963) – ITV 3. 3.15pm – 5.05pm
Ribald comedy on the high seas, aboard the good ship Venus.

Film: Carry on Cowboy (1965) – ITV 3. 5.05pm – 7.00pm
One of the weaker comedies in the classic British series starring Sid James. There’s pandemonium in Stodge City when the Rumpo Kid rides into town, followed soon after by a sanitary engineer looking for work.

Film: Carry On Screaming (1966) – ITV 3. 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams and Harry H Corbett. DS Bung investigates a doctor who is carrying out sinister experiments.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur agrees to mind a corpse newly arrived at Heathrow.

Film: Carry On Cleo (1964) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.50pm

Comedy starring Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Amanda Barrie. Mark Anthony falls for Cleopatra’s charms and together they plot against Julius Caesar.

Monday 5th January

TV

The Pink Floyd Story: Which One’s Pink? – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Chronicling the history of one of Britain’s best-loved and most enduring rock bands over the last 40 years.

True Stories: Thriller in Manila – Channel 4. 11.20pm – 1.15am

In 1975, in the Philippine capital Manila, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought their third and final match. Although they were previously friends, Ali’s involvement in the Black Nation of Islam caused a rift.

Radio

Viva Latino! (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New series presented by Latin specialist John Armstrong, showcasing the genre’s range of sounds.

Hitsville USA: 50 Years of Heart and Soul (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New. As part of Radio 2’s season celebrating 50 years of Motown, Pete Mitchell explores the label’s myths and legacy. In this opening chapter Smokey Robinson recalls the early days, including Motown mogul Berry Gordy’s songwriting. With input from Mary Wilson, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves, The Vandellas, Kim Weston, Abdul Fakir, Otis Williams and white Motown artist Tommy Good.

Tuesday 6th January

TV

Prog Rock Britannia – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
An Observation in Three Movements – New. Documentary charting the path of progressive rock, from its genesis in late-1960s psychedelia, through the golden age of Yes, Genesis and ELP, to its decline following the emergence of punk in 1976.

The Culture Show – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
This special edition, marking the 50th anniversary of Motown Records, sees actor and Motown devotee Martin Freeman making the trip of a lifetime to Detroit, and then Los Angeles, to meet some of the label’s biggest stars – among them, Duke Fakir of the Four Tops, Otis Williams, Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson, as well as Marlon, Tito and Jackie from the Jackson Five. An extended edition is on Friday 9th at 11.35pm.

Mad Men (9/13) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.15pm
Shoot. Don finds himself being courted by a rival agency, and Peggy is forced to sport a revealing outfit.

True Stories: Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes – More4. 11.05pm – 12.10am

Journalist John Ronson gets to chance to trawl through the archives of perfectionist film-maker Stanley Kubrick, who died in 1999, and presents the life of Kubrick as told by artefacts in his estate.

Prog at the BBC – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 12.15am

New. A look at some of the exponents of the much-maligned genre. Part of Prog Rock at the BBC Season.

Radio

Femme Fatale: the Story of Nico – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
The story of the German chanteuse and model who sang on the iconic album The Velvet Underground & Nico. Her distinctive vocal style influenced many who came after her including Sioxsie Sioux and, some say, Patti Smith. Marc Riley tells her story with contributions from Nico’s son Ari and John Cale among others.

King of Motown: Berry Gordy – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

Marshall Chess explores the career of Motown giant Berry Gordy, who founded the label in January 1959, with the Miracles’ Shop Around hitting number two in the US pop charts two years later. Gordy’s music revolution – which created and packaged black music in a new and unusually "white-friendly" way – conquered the charts throughout the 1960s with the Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and many others. Gordy, who sold out to MCA in 1988, provides a rare interview. With further input by Smokey Robinson, Sylvester Potts (ex-Contours), Tommy Good, Martha Reeves, Gloria Jones, members of in-house session pros The Funk Brothers and others.

Stubborn Kind of Fella: Remembering Marvin Gaye (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear Smokey Robinson in a tribute to soul legend Marvin Gaye, who died by his father’s hand in 1984. This first edition recalls Gaye’s initial desire to be a black Sinatra.

Wednesday 7th January

TV

Movie Connections – BBC 1. 10.45pm – 11.25pm
John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam are among those sharing their memories of making Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974, despite a catalogue of disasters that befell the project.

Film: If… (1968) – Film4. 1.30am – 3.45am
Lindsay Anderson’s striking allegorical drama about a rebellion in a stuffy public school. Starring Malcolm McDowell and David Wood.

Radio

The Man Who Was Bojangles – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Who was Mr Bogangles? Kwame Kwei-Armah unravels the myths behind the soubriquet and the man who carried it.

Thursday 8th January

TV

The New Avengers – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 8.30pm
The trio chase a dangerous criminal dubbed the White Rat.

Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

New. The Savile Row menswear designer examines his relationship with style. Part of the Style on Trial strand.

Style on Trial (1/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. Examining the defining fashions of different decades, beginning with the 1940s.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Hard-core music enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul and R&B.