Retro TV W/C 4th September 2009

by Modculture 3 September, 2009

Babylon

Barry Murphy returns once more to trawl the TV and radio guides (so you don't have to), finding anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 4th September to Thursday 10th September 2009.
 
Highlights of the week

Franco Rosso's excellent British reggae drama Babylon gets a rare terrestrial TV screening this week (BBC 2. Sun 6th,12Midnight). Set in South London in 1980, the film centres on sound system 'toaster' Blue (Brinsley Forde) and his crew, Ital Lion, as they ready themselves for a face off with rival group Jah Shaka. As the event approaches, Blue's personal life becomes plagued with difficulty when he is fired from his job and begins to suspect his girlfriend of cheating on him. However, the worst is yet to come when Blue is savagely beaten by the police and his Ital Lion brethren discover that their equipment has been destroyed. Broken and succumbing to the belief that recent events are an indication of society's rejection of his race, Blue decides to fight back.

Elsewhere this week, and with the release of The Beatles remastered back-catalogue, television is awash with documentaries about the Fab Four. Pick of the bunch must be The Beatles: on Record  (BBC 2. Sat 5th, 8.35pm, repeated BBC 4. Sun 6th, 9pm). This  new documentary features rare footage and musical out-takes, and charts the musical development of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios from their first single, Please Please Me in 1962 to the LP Abbey Road in 1969. Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their producer George Martin, the film looks at how their innovative use of recording techniques, instrumentation and song structures contributed to a hugely successful body of work. Also worth watching is The Beatles: the First US Visit (BBC 2. Sat 5th, 9.35pm, repeated BBC 4. Thurs 10th, 9.30pm). As the title suggests, this is a record of The Beatles' tour of America in 1964, including their memorable performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which exposed 73 million TV viewers to the Beatlemania experience for the first time, and their debut concert at the Washington Coliseum. The visit was captured by pioneering cameramen Albert and David Maysles, who were granted unprecedented access to the musicians both on and off duty.

Friday 4th September

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.10pm – 7.10pm
Richard and Sharron take on bodyguard duties.

This is Spinal Tap – Turn It Up to 11 – ITV 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm

New. Celebrities mark 25 years since the film's release.

Rough Trade at the BBC – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.40pm (Repeated 1.10am)
Compilation of performances by bands who have recorded on the label, including The Smiths, Robert Wyatt, Violent Femmes, Pulp and Anthony and the Johnsons.

Film: This is Spinal Tap (1984) -ITV 4. 10.30pm – 12.15am

Classic spoof documentary hosted by Marti DiBergi that follows the comeback tour of British rock group Spinal Tap.

Do It Yourself: the Story of Rough Trade – BBC 4. 10.40pm – 12.10am

Profile of the famous independent label that grew out of a small record shop in West London opened by Cambridge graduate Geoff Travis in 1976.

Saturday 5th September 

TV

Timewatch – Beatlemania – BBC 2. 7.15pm – 8.35pm
As a taster to Beatles Week, another showing of this documentary that looks at why the band decided to stop touring at the height of their popularity in 1966.

Film: Whisky Galore! (1949) – BBC 4. 7.40pm – 9.00pm

Classic Ealing comedy starring Basil Radford. A Hebridean island community senses a chance to replenish its whisky stocks when a cargo ship full of the drink is stranded offshore.

The Beatles: on Record – BBC 2. 8.35pm – 9.35pm

Beatles Week, a series of programmes celebrating the band's enduring legacy, begins on BBC 2 tonight and continues on BBC 4. This documentary, featuring rare footage and musical out-takes, charts the musical development of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios from their first single, Please Please Me in 1962 to the LP Abbey Road in 1969. Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their producer George Martin, the film looks at how their innovative use of recording techniques, instrumentation and song structures contributed to a hugely successful body of work.

The Beatles: the First US Visit – BBC 2. 9.35pm – 10.45pm

A record of The Beatles' tour of America in 1964, including their memorable performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which exposed 73 million TV viewers to the Beatlemania experience for the first time, and their debut concert at the Washington Coliseum. The visit was captured by pioneering cameramen Albert and David Maysles, who were granted unprecedented access to the musicians both on and off duty.

Film: The Greatest (1977) – ITV 4. 10.35pm – 12.35am
Biographical drama starring Muhammad Ali and Ernest Borgnine.

Film: Help! (1965) – BBC 2. 10.45pm – 12.20am

Comedy starring the Beatles. The Fab Four are pursued by a priest who is determined to get hold of a sacrificial ring that is stuck on Ringo's finger.

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) – ITV 1. 11.50pm – 1.40am
John Landis' anarchic comedy starring John Belushi. The students of Delta house have a reputation for wild parties and drinking. As the freshmen arrive on campus, the future of the house comes under threat.

Film: The Pumpkin Eater (1964) – BBC 2. 1.20am – 3.05am

British drama with a screenplay by Harold Pinter, starring Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason and Maggie Smith. A woman discovers her husband could be having an affair. 

Film: Greetings (1968) – BBC 2. 3.05am – 4.35am

Satirical comedy starring Robert De Niro as a carefree man keen to dodge his army draft.

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 6th September

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon Templar attempts to learn who is behind a series of mass prison escapes.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Bodie's former girlfriend decides to visit.

An Audience with Kenneth Williams – ITV 3. 7.25pm – 9.00pm
A performance by the Carry On actor, filmed in front of a celebrity audience.

How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: Storyville – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
New. Examining how the band's music may have contributed towards the fall of the Soviet Union, and the influence The Beatles had on changing the views of many who lived there.

The Beatles: on Record – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

This documentary, featuring rare footage and musical out-takes, charts the musical development of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios from their first single, Please Please Me in 1962 to the LP Abbey Road in 1969. Narrated entirely by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their producer George Martin, the film looks at how their innovative use of recording techniques, instrumentation and song structures contributed to a hugely successful body of work.

Pop Britannia (1/3) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Exploring the history of British pop music, which tonight follows its progression from the conservative postwar years to the 1960s.

Film: The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) – Film4. 10.45pm – 1.10am

Biographical drama of the young Che Guevara starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Rodrigo de la Serna. In Spanish with subtitles.

Rough Trade at the BBC – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 1.00am
Compilation of performances by bands who have recorded on the label, including The Smiths, Robert Wyatt, Violent Femmes, Pulp and Anthony and the Johnsons.

Film: Babylon (1980) – BBC 2. 12Midnight – 1.35am

British drama starring Aswad lead singer Brinsley Forde. West Indian DJ Blue dreams of escaping his day job and finding fame on the sound-system circuit. But neighbours, employers and police all compound Blue's problems… In English and Jamaican patois with subtitles.

Film: This is Spinal Tap (1984) – ITV 4. 12.10am – 1.55am
Classic spoof documentary hosted by Marti DiBergi that follows the comeback tour of British rock group Spinal Tap.

Do It Yourself: the

Story of Rough Trade – BBC 4. 1.00am – 2.30am
Profile of the famous independent label that grew out of a small record shop in West London opened by Cambridge graduate Geoff Travis in 1976.

This is Spinal Tap – Turn It Up to 11 – ITV 4. 1.55am – 2.45am
Celebrities mark 25 years since the film's release.

Monday 7th September 

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Sergeant Taylor is injured in a shooting incident.

Film: Play Misty for Me (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am

Chilling edge of the seat thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Jessica Walter. Dave Garver, a California DJ, gains a persistent fan who repeatedly calls him up to play the song Misty. After they spend the night together, she begins to behave more and more strangely.

How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin: Storyville – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Examining how the band's music may have contributed towards the fall of the Soviet Union, and the influence The Beatles had on changing the views of many who lived there.

Pop Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
The rise of the star-makers of 1960s popular music, including Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham and Chris Stamp, who defined the rock revolution of that decade and beyond.

Tuesday 8th September 

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Arthur's car lot is threatened with closure.

Tweed Yarns (1/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Trouble Looms. Documentary series examining the rise in popularity of Harris Tweed, beginning with how an English entrepreneur hoped to revolutionise the way the fabric was made.

Film: Play Misty for Me (1971) – ITV 4. 11.15pm – 1.35am

Chilling edge of the seat thriller starring Clint Eastwood and Jessica Walter. Dave Garver, a California DJ, gains a persistent fan who repeatedly calls him up to play the song Misty. After they spend the night together, she begins to behave more and more strangely.

Radio

The Other Notting Hill – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Reggae/punk DJ and film-maker Don Letts showcases 50 years of music that has defined the west London cafe and antiques district.

Wednesday 9th September 

TV

Film: Batman (1966) – Channel 4. 1.20pm – 3.25pm
Action fantasy based on the 1960s TV series, starring Adam West.

Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Arthur's car lot is threatened with closure.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00- 9.05pm

Regan is implicated in a corruption scandal.

Real Crime: I Was a Great Train Robber – ITV 4. 9.05pm – 10.10pm

The men who took part in the crime tell their story.

Film: Ratcatcher (1999) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.30am
Drama set in Glasgow in the 1970s starring William Eadie and Tommy Flanagan. In an effort to overcome the emotional burden of accidentally killing his friend, 12-year-old James dreams of a new life in the country. But as family pressures mount, his dream begins to seem less attainable.

Thursday 10th September 

TV

Film: Fantastic Voyage (1966) – Channel 4. 1.25pm – 3.25pm
Magical sci-fi adventure starring Raquel Welch. When a top Czech scientist suffers a brain injury, a submarine and medical crew are miniaturised and injected into his bloodstream to save his life.

The Beatles: the First US Visit – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.40pm

A record of The Beatles' tour of America in 1964, including their memorable performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which exposed 73 million TV viewers to the Beatlemania experience for the first time, and their debut concert at the Washington Coliseum. The visit was captured by pioneering cameramen Albert and David Maysles, who were granted unprecedented access to the musicians both on and off duty.

Filming The Beatles' First US Visit: Albert Maysles – BBC 4. 10.40pm – 11.10pm

New. In 1964 The Beatles landed on American soil, where they were set to make their first Stateside appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. What followed was an instant boom in popularity for the Liverpool-based band. This documentary examines hoe the Fab Four's two-week US tour was caught on film by Albert and David Maysles, a pair of pioneering cameramen who were granted unprecedented who were granted unprecedented access to the musicians throughout their visit. 

Film: Help! (1965) – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.40am
Comedy starring the Beatles. The Fab Four are pursued by a priest who is determined to get hold of a sacrificial ring that is stuck on Ringo's finger.