Retro TV W/C 6th July 2007

by Modculture 5 July, 2007

Staples Barry Murphy once more trawls 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 6th July to Thursday 12th July.

Highlights of the week

TV – Film: Mayor of Sunset Strip (2003) – Monday 9th July, More4. 10.30pm.
Documentary. Concluding More4’s short season of punk films, this is a portrait of Rodney Bingenheimer, the LA DJ who helped to launch the careers of many of the most influential bands in rock music history. A quiet, shy man, Rodney seems to have a ‘Zelig’ quality, appearing to be photographed standing next to virtually every important rock artist of the last four decades. The bands who practically owe their careers to Rodney Bingenheimer include Blondie, the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Runaways, the Go-Go’s, No Doubt, Coldplay, and many many others.

Radio – Paul Jones – Monday 9th July, BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm
A special edition of the R&B/blues programme featuring guest Mavis Staples, the youngest and lead singer of familial gospel-soul act the Staples Singers. She discusses the civil rights struggle, Hurricane Katrina and her recent collaboration with Ry Cooder. Tonight’s playlist features career highlights from the 1950s onwards.

Friday 6th July

TV

Glastonbury 2007: the Who – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Performing to the weekend hippies in the mud.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A summit meeting is in jeopardy when a ministerial secretary leaks security information to her lover.

Music Hall Meltdown – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 12.00am
The sights and sounds of an original Edwardian music hall. With special guests Madness.

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Includes music from Paul Weller with Graham Coxon and the Arctic Monkeys.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.00 midnight – 12.50am
Steed and Emma embark on a hunt for a dying agent’s dispatch box containing secret information.

Radio

Lennon – the Wenner Tapes – BBC Radio 4. 9.00am – 9.45am
A portrait of John Lennon told through Jann Wenner’s 1970 interview for Rolling Stone, which the star considered the definitive record of the Beatles’s career and emotional split. It also features interviews with Yoko Ono and Wenner who looks back at Lennon’s state of mind at the time.

Angry, Sexy and Working Class (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Christopher Eccleston explores the bleak and often angry British films of the late 50s and early 60s that took inspiration from John Osbourne’s 1956 "kitchen sink" stage hit Look Back in Anger. Contributors include Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Albert Finney, Shirley Ann Field and Ken Loach.

Saturday 7th July

TV

Children’s TV on Trial – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
How children’s programming developed during the 1970s, when ITV redefined the meaning of a drama series for young people and the BBC remained at the forefront of British animation.

Top Gear – BBC 3. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
A look at Sixties classics the Aston Martin DB5 and Jaguar E-Type.

When the Stranglers met Roland Rat – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (repeated 11.30pm)
A look at some of the more curious guests on children’s television over the years, featuring interviews with the programme-makers and pop stars.

The Cult of … Star Cops – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Fans talk about the BBC’s Star Cops. The series combined the genres of police and sci-fi drama to create the story of a fledgling International Space Police Force.   

Film: Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) – Film4. 12.55am – 3.00am (Sun am)
Quirky cult 1970s road movie in which two drifters – played by musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor – cruise America in a souped-up 1955 Chevrolet.

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 Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 8th July

TV

The Unforgettable … John Le Mesurier – ITV 1. 5.20pm – 6.00pm
Intimate profile of the much-loved actor.

Radio

Drama on 3: Rock ‘n’ Roll – BBC Radio 3. 8.00pm – 10.30pm
Tom Stoppard’s new play about loyalty, compromise, love and music is given its first radio production. In 1968, Czech student Jan returns home "to protect rock ‘n’ roll" from the soviet tanks crushing the Prague Spring. Max, a Communist don in Cambridge, watches his ideology collapse until the Velvet Revolution of 1990 allows student and master to meet again.

Monday 9th July

TV

Film: The Beach Boys: an American Family (1/2) – Five. 1.35pm – 3.25pm
Biographical TV movie charting the triumphs and heartbreaks of Mike Love, Al Jardine, Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson are explored, along with Dennis Wilson’s connection to Charles Manson. Concludes tomorrow at 1.35pm.

Film: School for Scoundrels (1960) – Channel 4. 1.45pm – 3.30pm
Classic British comedy starring Alastair Sim and Terry-Thomas. Henry Palfrey, one of life’s losers, decides to take lessons in one-upmanship when the girl he loves is won over by the caddish Raymond Delauney.

The Cult of … Doomwatch – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
The story of the sci-fi drama, which took scientific advances and created stories exaggerating their dangers.
 
Life on Mars – (3/8) series one. BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Sam is called to a murder at a familiar-looking mill.

Film: Mayor of Sunset Strip (2003) – More4. 10.30pm – 12.30am
(See Highlights).

Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
(See Highlights).

6 Music Plays it Again – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Ray Charles: Man and Music (1/4) – Another chance to hear this programme, split up into 4 half – hour shows, spread across the week.

Tuesday 10th July

TV

Film: The Beach Boys: an American Family (2/2) – Five. 1.35pm – 3.25pm
Concluding part of the biopic of the Wilsons, examining their later years.

Film: Fathom (1967) – Channel 4. 1.35pm – 3.30pm
Spoof spy adventure starring Raquel Welch. When secret agent Fathom Harvill is sent on a mission to Spain to retrieve an H-bomb triggering device, she soon runs into opposition in the form of Peter Merriweather. A game of double-bluff and deceit commences.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Marty becomes suspicious after detecting a smile underneath a funeral mourner’s veil

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
CI5 are called in when East German agents kidnap the daughter of a government engineer.

Radio

From Motown to Murder Inc  (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Motown and rap music might seem poles apart. Motown was all melody and groomed artists: rap had words, beats, gangs and attitude. Yet, according to journalist Jacqueline Springer, the two have much in common. She begins with Motown’s production line of artists during the 70s which, by the end of the decade, would be rocked when rap got into the charts.

6 Music Plays it Again – Ray Charles: Man and Music (2/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Another chance to hear this programme, split up into 4 half – hour shows, spread across the week.

All Singing, All Dancing, All Night – (5/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Northern Soul series in which Stuart Maconie spins classic recordings of the genre and the latest recordings. His guest tonight is DJ and Ace Records consultant Ady Croasdell, who talks about the tracks that are currently big in the clubs.

Wednesday 11th July

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar has to find out whether a cool blonde is a secret agent or a crook- and whether she could do him harm.

Film: Play Misty for Me (1971) – ITV 4. 1.10am – 3.15am (Thurs am)
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

6 Music Plays it Again – Ray Charles: Man and Music (3/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Another chance to hear this programme, split up into 4 half – hour shows, spread across the week.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (1/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Welcome return of Lamarr’s new series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings from rock, pop, and psych to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Classic Singles (5/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Tony Visconti chooses six 45rpm hits for their lasting significance. He continues with the Rolling Stones’ Brown Sugar. Recorded in late 1969 but not released until the spring of 1971, the single marked the band’s return to the singles charts after a year and a half, reaching number one in the States and peaking here at number two. Even dirtier sounding than its hit predecessor, Honky Tonk Woman, the sex-and-drugs track opened the LP Sticky Fingers and remains a staple in the Stone’s ever expanding canon.

Thursday 12th July

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The trio investigate the disappearance of three Nemesis agents.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.00pm
The duo track down a blackmailing assassin who scares his victims by carrying out fake murders.

Film: Play Misty for Me (1971) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight
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.

The Cult of … Adam Adamant – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
The history of the 1960s drama, which followed the escapades of an adventurer who was frozen in 1902, only to be discovered perfectly preserved in 1966.

Children’s TV on Trial – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00am
How children’s programming developed during the 1970s, when ITV redefined the meaning of a drama series for young people and the BBC remained at the forefront of British animation.

Radio

6 Music Plays it Again – Ray Charles: Man and Music (4/4) – BBC 6 Music. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Another chance to hear this programme, split up into 4 half – hour shows, spread across the week.

Marc Riley’s Musical Time Machine – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Mark Riley unlocks the vault of the BBC archives to revisit rock interviews in music history. He continues with Paul Gambaccini’s 1976 interview with Marvin Gaye, who talks bitterly about Motown king Berry Gordy and the company’s allegedly bad handling of his royalties. He speaks better of Tammi Terrell and Smokey Robinson, and recalls the demands of singing his 1963 classic Can I Get a Witness