Retro TV W/C 5th September 2008

by Modculture 4 September, 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 5th September to Thursday 11th September.

Highlights of the week

BBC 4 devotes its Friday night music strand to Manchester pop this week with a new compilation of BBC studio performances by some of the city’s greatest bands in They Came from Manchester: the Story of Manchester Pop (BBC 4. Friday 5th, 9pm). The night continues with repeats of Rock Family Trees (10pm) tracing the history of bands who emerged from Manchester over the past 30 years and the story of the legendary record label Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays (10.50pm).
A new documentary profiling rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Bill Hayley – Kings of Rock and Roll (BBC 2. Saturday 6th, 10.30pm) – features archive footage of the stars and contributions from celebrities including Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and Jack White.
On the radio this week there’s another chance to hear the start of a four part profile of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson in Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (BBC Radio 2. Monday 8th, 11.30pm), while Stuart Grundy’s 1977 profile of the Motown giant continues in The Stevie Wonder Story (BBC 6 Music. Weekdays,12Midnight).

Friday 5th September

TV

Film: Sweeney 2 (1978) – ITV 4. 5.50pm – 8.00pm
Police drama, based on the television series, starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman. Tough flying Squad cops Regan and Carter go on the trail of armed bank robbers out to maintain the luxury Mediterranean lifestyle. By far the best Sweeney film.

They Came from Manchester: the Story of Manchester Pop – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The first programme in this evening’s Manchester Night triple bill is a new compilation of BBC studio performances by some of the city’s greatest bands.

Rock Family Trees – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
The history of bands who emerged from Manchester over the past 30 years, including New Order.

Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 12.20am
In the last 1970s media maverick Tony Wilson and a few like-minded souls pursued a quixotic pop cultural vision that led to the formation of Factory records and a slew of Mancunian bands including Joy Division and Happy Mondays.

Film: Quadrophenia (1979) – ITV 4. 11.20pm – 1.40am
Franc Roddam’s classic British drama starring Phil Daniels. The fast-moving tale of a young man caught up in the excitement of the mod movement in mid-1960s England as it prepares for a confrontation with the rockers in Brighton. Bored with his life, he looks for stimulus in the company of friends.

Jackie Magazine: a Girl’s Best Friend – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
Tribute to the popular weekly magazine for girls.

The Avengers –  BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am
Dial a Deadly Number: Steed and Emma seek the cause of top businessman keeling over. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

All You Need is Love – More4. 2.05am – 3.05am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. Tonight’s film looks at the musical.

Saturday 6th September

The Unforgettable… Benny Hill – ITV 1. 4.35pm – 5.20pm
A portrait of the man many consider the pioneer of postcard humour television. In private the much-loved comedian was a painfully shy loner and a workaholic. Here, archive footage and interviews with people who were closest to him provide a unique insight into his life.

Film: Quadrophenia (1979) – ITV 4. 10.10pm – 12.40am
Franc Roddam’s classic British drama starring Phil Daniels. The fast-moving tale of a young man caught up in the excitement of the mod movement in mid-1960s England as it prepares for a confrontation with the rockers in Brighton. Bored with his life, he looks for stimulus in the company of friends.

Kings of Rock and Roll – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Documentary profiling rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Bill Hayley. Featuring archive footage of the stars and contributions from celebrities including Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Jools Holland and Jack White.

Hey Mr DJ: the Rise and Rise of the Disc Jockey – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.20am
Documentary tracing the history of the disc jockey. Contributors include Johnnie Walker and Pete Tong.

Film: Tommy (1975) – BBC 2. 1.35am – 3.15am
Ken Russell’s satirical adaption of the rock opera written by Pete Townshend and the Who, starring Roger Daltrey.

Radio

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

Brel et Moi: Alastair Campbell on Jacques Brel – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Hitchhiking in France as a student in the 1970s, former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell discovered – and became hooked on – the music of Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel, which explored much deeper and darker emotions than most pop music. Now, 30 years after Brel’s death, Campbell goes to Paris to meet Brel’s friends and family, and to delve into the secrets of his life and music.

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

Diamond Tiaras – the Nicky Hopkins Story – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Another chance to hear the story of Nicky Hopkins, who played on over 300 albums, 13 of them by the Rolling Stones. Other beneficiaries of the Hopkins touch include the Beatles, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, the Kinks, Rod Stewart and Joe Cocker.

Sunday 7th September

TV

Film: Martin and Lewis (2002) – Five. 12.00pm – 1.55pm
Biographical comedy drama charting Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis’s often troubled partnership. A perfect, cheesy Sunday afternoon TV movie.

Film: Carry On Behind (1975) – Film4. 7.00pm – 8.50pm
Bawdy comedy starring Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams etc. Russian archaeologist Anna Vrooshka joins Roland Crump to investigate the remains of a Roman encampment.

The Who: Amazing Journey – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
One of the most innovative and explosive bands in music history and the greatest live act the UK has ever produced, the Who have already been well served by the excellent music documentary The Kids Are Alright. But while TKAA is a compilation of great performances, Amazing Journey is their story. An authorized portrait of the band, this is an honest authentic account of their ups and downs as they have evolved through four decades of rock. It includes recent and extensive interviews with surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend as well as close friends and family of the band.

Call the Cops – BBC 4. 10.20pm – 10.50pm
The history of Between the Lines, which ran from 1992 to 1994. An episode of the police drama follows.

Between the Lines – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.50pm
Superintendent Lindsat admits to killing his wife.

They Came from Manchester: the Story of Manchester Pop – BBC 4. 11.50pm – 12.50am
The first programme in this evening’s Manchester Night triple bill is a new compilation of BBC studio performances by some of the city’s greatest bands.

Factory: Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays – BBC 4. 12.50am – 2.20am
In the last 1970s media maverick Tony Wilson and a few like-minded souls pursued a quixotic pop cultural vision that led to the formation of Factory records and a slew of Mancunian bands including Joy Division and Happy Mondays.

Radio

Johnnie Walker – BBC Radio 2. 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Featuring an interview with Stax legend Steve Cropper.

For One Night Only – BBC Radio 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, Live at Montreux. Paul Gambaccini talks to Quincy Jones who, in 1991, persuaded the jazz legend Miles Davis to play again, just three months before he died.

Monday 8th September

Creating Life on Mars – BBC 4. 9.40pm – 10.00pm
Andrew Collins speaks to the creators of the police drama, discussing their influences and the seven years it took to get the programme on screen.

Life on Mars (5/8) -BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Series One. A football fan is killed, and Sam suspects a riot is in the offing.

Radio

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear a profile of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson, from his early days to his successes as lead singer of Billy Ward and His Dominoes, through to his 1957 breakthrough hit Reet Petite and beyond. With contributions from Johnny Otis, Otis Williams of the Temptations, soul historian Robert Pruter and others. Plus an interview with Jackie Wilson, recorded in 1975.

The Stevie Wonder Story (3/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Stuart Grundy profiles the Motown giant, originally broadcast in 1977.

Tuesday 9th September

TV

Flight of the Conchords (1/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Repeat of the first series of this comedy about a New Zealand folk duo in New York.

Call the Cops – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The story of The Sweeney, which ran from 1975 to 1978. Featuring an interview with creator Ian Kennedy.

A for Andromeda – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.55pm
Remake of the classic sci-fi tale starring Tom Hardy and Charlie Cox.

Comedy Classics: On the Buses – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
An affectionate tribute to the 1970s sitcom with Reg Varney as the lovable but hapless bus driver. Includes a vintage episode from 1970, Brew It Yourself.

Radio

Street Corner Soul (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector’s look at the legacy of doo-wop – the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia. The story shifts to the mid-1950s, when doo-wap possibly reached its creative peak.

The Stevie Wonder Story (4/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Stuart Grundy profiles the Motown giant, originally broadcast in 1977.

Wednesday 10th September

Film: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – Film4. 1.00pm – 2.55pm
Classic rock’n’roll comedy. In Frank Tashlin’s clever satire on the music industry, Tom Ewell plays the theatrical agent trying to turn the fabulous Jayne Mansfield into a star. With a terrific supporting cast of musical acts including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Julie London. A real treat.

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Arthur agrees to mind a corpse newly arrived at Heathrow – and ends up stashing it in Terry’s bedroom.

Celebrating – The South Bank Show – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Charting the history of ITV’s flagship arts series, created in 1978 by Melvyn Bragg.

Radio

The Stevie Wonder Story (5/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Stuart Grundy profiles the Motown giant, originally broadcast in 1977.

Thursday 11th September

TV

Film: All or Nothing (2002) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 1.25am
Bleak drama directed by Mike Leigh and starring Timothy Spall. During a long weekend on a run-down South London housing estate, a rag tag group of life’s survivors struggle to stay afloat in a sea of social and financial despair.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Radio 2’s hard-core music enthusiast returns with another run of programmes showcasing choice reggae tunes.

The Stevie Wonder Story (6/8) – BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Stuart Grundy profiles the Motown giant, originally broadcast in 1977.