Retro TV W/C 5th February 2010

by Modculture 4 February, 2010

Salsa

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 5th February to Thursday 11th February 2010.

Highlight of the week

BBC4's Latin season continues this week with the second in the four-part series Latin Music USA (Friday 5th, 9pm. Repeated Sun 7th, 10.30pm) revealing the deep musical and social impact of Latin music in the USA.

Filmed in Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York City, it reveals the untold story of salsa music, which burst onto the New York scene in the late 1960s. It first evolved in the clubs of Havana, Cuba and soon became the vibrant sound of the New York barrios, where Puerto Ricans and Cubans settled amid poverty and discrimination. Yet out of adversity came a thrilling and innovative dance music that became the voice and spirit of the Latin people in the 70s. From rebellious Latin Boogaloo to the shadowy empire of Fania Records, the story unfolds through the intimate memories of the Fania Family – the greatest salsa musicians of their generation and the purveyors of a music that lives on today. Featuring Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco and the Fania All-Stars.

Friday 5th February

TV

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A convict takes a group of hospital patients hostage.

A Little Later… Latin – BBC 4. 8.45pm – 9.00pm
New. A selection of performances by Latin artists.

Latin Music USA (2/4) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Documentary exploring the history of salsa music in the United States through the memories of influential musicians. The programme explores how the genre emerged in 1960s New York, when many Puerto Ricans and Cubans settled in the city. With contributions by Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri and Johnny Pacheco.

La Excelencia at the Barbican – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. A performance by the salsa band at the venue in London, reminiscent of shows held at the New York Palladium Ballroom during the 1950s.

Arena: My Name is Celia Cruz – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Documentary about the life and career of the renowned salsa singer, who won Grammy awards for her music and released more than 70 albums.

Heroes of Comedy – More4. 11.35pm – 12.40am
The lasting legacy of comedian Frankie Howerd, featuring contributions from Eric Sykes and Ned Sherrin.

Rhythms of the World: Celia Cruz – BBC 4. 12.05am – 12.50am
Concert footage of Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz with Tito Puente and his orchestra and special guest Johnny Pacheco, filmed at the Apollo Theatre in New York.

Film: Witchfinder General (1968) – BBC 2. 1.00am – 2.25am
Atmospheric horror starring Vincent Price. In 1645, an infamous witch-hunter roams the country executing those suspected of witchcraft.

Saturday 6th February

TV

La Excelencia at the Barbican – BBC 4. 12.35am – 1.35am
A performance by the salsa band at the venue in London, reminiscent of shows held at the New York Palladium Ballroom during the 1950s.

Radio

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

Stefan Gates's Cover Story – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00.am
The album cover of Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy pictured naked children climbing over an eerie landscape against a bright orange apocalyptic sky. It is a famously unsettling image, one that even now holds conflicting emotions for Stefan Gates, one of the children in the picture. In a deeply personal programme, the adult Gates investigates both his memories and the story behind the iconic image.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Archive on 4: Open Sesame – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The experimental children's TV show Sesame Street mixed radical educational techniques with subversive humour and interesting subject matters. Konnie Huq looks back over four decades of the show that gave us such iconic puppet characters as Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and the Count.

Sunday 7th February

TV

On The Buses (1971) – ITV 1. 12.10pm – 1.55pm
Film version of the popular TV comedy series of the early 70s, starring Reg Varney. Stan Butler and the rest of the team at the bus depot feel threatened when women are brought in by the management.

Latin Music USA (2/4) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

Documentary exploring the history of salsa music in the United States through the memories of influential musicians. The programme explores how the genre emerged in 1960s New York, when many Puerto Ricans and Cubans settled in the city. With contributions by Ruben Blades, Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri and Johnny Pacheco.

Super Bowl Live – 10.55pm – 4.05am
Live coverage of the biggest annual event in American sport includes a half-time set by The Who. As kick-off doesn't start until 11.25pm with final whistle expecting some time after 3am, its a guess to say their set should start at approx.1am. Alternatively you could try YouTube the following day.

Mad Men (3/13) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Series three. My Old Kentucky Home. Roger throws a Kentucky Derby party at his country club, but Don is left cold by the occasion. Joan discovers secrets about her husband from the wives of his colleagues, and an old friend embarrasses Paul.

Monday 8th February

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
George Carter's wife Alison is killed by a hired assassin.

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Film4. 10.45pm – 12.55am
Russ Meyer's wildly camp satire of the music industry. Female rock band the Carrie Nation try for success in Hollywood and become drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle.

Tuesday 9th February

TV

Film: Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973) – Channel 4. 1.45pm – 3.25pm
Sci-fi fantasy starring Roddy McDowall. Following a nuclear holocaust, attempts by the surviving apes to live peacefully are threatened a tribe of mutant humans and a power-hungry gorilla general.

Minder – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Ray works for a boxer whose wife is gambling away all his money.

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.40pm
Double bill of the classic comedy. Oz persuades the gang to do some moonlighting.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (4/6) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm

New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Mad Men (3/13) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
Series three. My Old Kentucky Home. Roger throws a Kentucky Derby party at his country club, but Don is left cold by the occasion. Joan discovers secrets about her husband from the wives of his colleagues, and an old friend embarrasses Paul.

Wednesday 10th February

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.55pm – 6.55pm
Ray works for a boxer whose wife is gambling away all his money.

Mad Men (4/13) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.35pm
Series three. The Arrangements. Gene tries to get Betty to discuss his funeral, but she angrily refuses.

Thursday 11th February

TV

Bellamy's People (4/8) – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The satirical Radio 4 comedy series Down the Line, in which Rhys Thomas plays phone-show host DJ Gary Bellamy, transfers to the small screen as he leaves his studio to meet some of his callers. Featuring Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.

Newswipe with Charlie Brooker (4/6) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
New series. The acid-tongued TV critic takes a caustic look at the way the news is covered in the media.

Later… Latin – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
New. Performances from Jools Holland's music show archives by Latin artists.