Retro TV W/C 4th July 2008

by Modculture 3 July, 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 4th July to Thursday 10th July.

Highlights of the week

The classic, enduring image that remains of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico is that of medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos giving black power salutes on the podium. BBC Four’s Black Power Salute (Weds 9th. 9pm) explores the equal rights campaign of African-American athletes that inspired the gesture.
Also on the box this week: BBC Four devotes its Friday night music strand to Nick Cave (Friday 4th. 9.30pm onwards) while freeview channel Five US (Channel 35) screens the classic 1969 biker road movie Easy Rider (Sat 5th. 11.05pm)

On the radio this week there’s another chance to hear the first part of Hey! Bo Diddley (BBC Radio 2. Fri 4th. 7pm) a tribute series to the legendary singer/guitarist who died on 2nd June, aged 79. Also airing on Radio 2 Friday night at 12Midnight is Mark Lamarr’s excellent God’s Jukebox show, which, this week has special guest Paul Weller. Quite how the these two prickly personalities get along with each other is unknown, but the playlist is sure to be good. 

Friday 4th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Rumours of a planned assassination plot reach the team.

Werner Herzog: Wheel of Time – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.30pm
German film-maker Werner Herzog’s evocative Storyville documentary explores the philosophy of a Buddhist movement for world peace.

BBC Four Sessions – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
A performance by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London.

Songwriters’ Circle – Cave, Cale and Hynde – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.20pm
Classic songwriters Chrissie Hynde, Nick Cave and John Cale take the stage for an acoustic concert at West London’s Subterrania club.

Nick Cave on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.20am
A selection of performances from the Australian musician’s eight appearances on the show.

The Avengers – TBBC 4. 12.20am – 1.30am
he $50,000 Breakfast: Steed and Emma investigate the strange case of a man with $50,000 worth of diamonds in his stomach.

Film: Jubilee (1978) – ITV 4. 2.00am – 3.45am
Derek Jarman’s rough-edged punk satire.

Radio

Hey! Bo Diddley – (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Another chance to hear a tribute series to legendary singer/guitarist Bo Diddley, who died on 2nd June, aged 79. Oresented by Roger Daltrey with input from Dave Davies, Tom McGuiness, Wilko Johnson and Marshall Chess.

Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 12Midnight – 3.00am
Tonight’s guest is Paul Weller.

Saturday 5th July

Film: Carry on Cowboy (1965) – ITV 1. 2.35pm – 4.15pm
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.

How TV Changed Britain – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The series draws to a close with a look at the most popular of formats, the TV quiz show. It examines how higher-browed productions like University Challenge and Ask the Family have led to money-mad successes such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and asks what shows such as Weakest Link say about how we’ve changed.

War Stories – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 10.35pm
An exploration of the movie world’s depiction of the Second World War. From forgotten gems such as Frieda to classics including Ice Cold in Alex, the programme explores how war films have changed over time and how they have become celebrated icons of British culture.

Film: Easy Rider (1969) – Five US. 11.05pm – 1.05am
Cult 1960s road movie starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. Two motorcyclists, Billy and Wyatt, decide to drop out and, with the money from a drug deal, travel across the States to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras.

The Charlatans: Live at indigO2 – ITV 2. 11.10pm- 11.40pm
The band perform tracks from their new album plus old hits.

BBC Four Sessions – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.30am
A performance by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, recorded at LSO St Luke’s in London.

Radio

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

What’s So Great About… Method Acting? – BBC Radio 2. 10.30am – 11.00am
In the series in which he challenges the status of familiar people, practices and things, Lenny Henry questions the method school of acting.

The Lost Beatles Interview – BBC Radio 4. 3.30pm – 4.00pm
Recorded in April 1964, this is considered to be the earliest surviving TV interview with the Beatles. Part of a regional TV programme broadcast in Scotland and presented by Helen Shapiro, it was found more than 40 years later languishing in a garage in South London and has never been seen or heard by the rest of the world.

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

Sunday 6th July

TV

Film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – ITV 1. 3.20pm – 6.00pm
George Lazenby’s only outing as 007, and one of the better films in the series. James Bond quits the Secret Service in a quest to track down the arch villain Blofield. A liaison with a beautiful playgirl leads him to a criminal who helps him track his quarry to a Swiss mountain hideaway.

War Stories – BBC 4. 10.40pm – 12.40am
An exploration of the movie world’s depiction of the Second World War. From forgotten gems such as Frieda to classics including Ice Cold in Alex, the programme explores how war films have changed over time and how they have become celebrated icons of British culture.

Film: Bullitt (1968) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.10am
Iconic crime thriller starring Steve McQueen , Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett. A San Francisco police lieutenant is forced to employ unorthodox methods when an assignment to protect a government witness goes awry.

Monday 7th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are assigned protection duties, but the task soon gets out of control.

Tuesday 8th July

TV

Richard Hammond Meets Evil Knievel – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The Top Gear presenter gains unprecedented access to his childhood hero and one of America’s greatest motorcycling stars, shortly before he died last November, travelling to Butte, Montana, to attend the stunt legend’s three-day daredevil spectacular, the Evel Knievel Days.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the Shadows.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
Catwoman infects Robin with a mind-altering narcotic. Concludes tomorrow.

Radio

Ed Sullivan and the Gateway to America – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Comedian Joan Rivers pays tribute to iconic American TV personality Ed Sullivan (1901 – 74). Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Sullivan’s first broadcast in 1948, Rivers recalls his early championing of rock-era acts such as Elvis Presley and, most famously, the Beatles, whose debut appearance reached over 70 million viewers. With his often imitated unanimated stance, Sullivan played host to everyone from Woody Allen, the Supremes and Rudolf Nureyev to Edith Piaf, Richard Pryor and Peggy Lee. This programme explores his critical role in promoting the British invasion and in giving airtime to acts such as the Doors.

Wednesday 9th July

The Prisoner – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Number Six meets a girl who thinks they were born for each other.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music by the Moody Blues.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The caped Crusader sets a trap for feisty feline Catwoman.

Black Power Salute – BBC 4. 9.00pm- 10.00pm
Recalling American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gestures in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Marty Feldman – Six Degrees of Separation – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Marty Feldman was one of the greats of British comedy, from the golden age of radio, through 1960s television, then on to Hollywood and the movies. He was a great physical clown, who hoped to emulate Buster Keaton in Hollywood, but the system that made him a star withdrew its support when they couldn’t pigeonhole him.

Thursday 10th July

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A captured British spy is released when his Russian counterpart falls into British hands.

Film: Coogan’s Bluff (1968) – ITV 4. 10.40pm – 12.30am
Crime drama starring Clint Eastwood. Walt Coogan, a no-nonsense deputy sheriff from Arizona, arrives in New York to collect a killer being held in custody. But he soon runs up against red tape, and when his prisoner escapes he is taken off the case. Coogan, however, is determined to get his man.

The Charlatans: Live at indigO2 – ITV 2. 11.10pm- 11.30pm
The band perform tracks from their new album plus old hits.

Suggs in the City – ITV 1(London). 11.10pm – 11.40pm
New series. Chat show with celebrities and live performances.

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 that have eluded the general public, from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.