Retro TV W/C 16th February 2007

by Modculture 16 February, 2007

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 16th February to Thursday 22nd February.

Smallfaces Highlights of the week

TV: Soul Britannia @ the Barbican (1/2) BBC 4. Friday 16th February 10.00pm.
Pauline Black presents the first of two concerts celebrating black American and Caribbean sounds, with Sam Moore, Eric Burdon, Geno Washington and Jimmy James.

Radio: Watcha Gonna Do about it – the Small Faces Story. BBC Radio 2. Saturday 17th February 8.00pm
Billy Bragg recalls the story of London-based, 60s Mod legends the Small Faces. With contributions from Ian Mclagan, Kenney Jones, Paul Weller, Stan Lane (brother of Ronnie), Jenny Marriott (First wife of Steve) and Tony Calder.

Friday 16th February


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF team take on the task of undermining a communist warmonger.

Rock Goes to College: AC/DC – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
A spectacular 1977 performance by the legendary Australian hard-rock band at Essex University.

Soul Britannia – (3/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Last part of this excellent and sometimes controversial series, exploring how British soul artists in the 1980s looked back to the sounds of the 1960s and 70s for inspiration, and how reggae helped UK hip-hop gain its identity. This episode explores the time-frame of the 80s, 90s and 00s: acid jazz, trip-hop, grime and UK hip-hip are all covered tonight.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a rich American searches for his family. In the second, two would-be burglars enlist the help of a professional villain.

Soul Britannia @ the Barbican – (1/2) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
(See highlights).

Rock Star Families – Sky Three. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Documentary exploring the lives of rock star wives. Featuring contributions from Angie Bowie and Marvin Gaye’s wife Janice.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A businessman has been killing his rivals.

Saturday 17th February


Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Rollin investigates a stolen microfilm.

TOTP2 – BBC 2. 5.55pm – 6.25pm
Includes archive performances from the Beat, Aretha Franklin and new music from James Hunter.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks – BBC 2. 10.05pm – 10.35pm
Repeat of the one where Preston from Big Brother strops off because someone calls his missus a div or something.

Soul Britannia @ the Barbican – (1/2) Repeat. BBC 4. 4.00am – 5.00am (Sun am)
(See highlights).


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.

Britain in a Box – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
This week marks the 50th anniversary of The Six-Five Special , a early TV music programme that was revolutionary in it’s own right, aimed at an emerging species – the teenager.

Watcha Gonna Do about it – the Small Faces Story – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
(See highlights).

Sunday 18th February


Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team work with a memory expert.

Kurt Cobain: the Last 48 Hours – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.20pm
A week before he killed himself, Kurt Cobain – the notoriously troubled singer from grunge band Nirvana – disappeared. His whereabouts during that time have always remained something of a mystery. Now, using testimonies from eyewitnesses and those who knew him, this programme attempts to shed new light on the events leading up to his suicide in 1994.

Film: Dracula – Prince of Darkness (1965) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.55pm (Repeated 1.55am – 3.40am)
Two English couples dare to go travelling through the Carpathian mountains in this superior horror, one of the best Hammer films. Christopher Lee is awesome in the title role, despite having no dialogue.

Monday 19th February


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The duo embark on a ghost-hunt.

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Another airing of this great recent Beeb series, charting the rise of soul music, beginning with the birth of the genre through the work of Ray Charles.

Film: Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Efficient feature-length spin-off from Gerry Anderson’s popular series.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Radio 2’s resident rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast Mark Lamarr plays more psychedelia, soul, R&B and garage. 

Tuesday 20th February


Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A profile of Sam Cooke, who became the first superstar of soul.

Life on Mars (2/8) – Series two. BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The team is viciously attacked by a dangerous gang while escorting notorious safe-cracker Dickie Fingers to the station from his prison cell.
Life on Mars (3/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Gene grows convinced a bomb warning is the work of the IRA.

Film: The Krays (1990) – ITV 4. 10.30pm – 1.00am
Intelligent biographical drama about the East End gangsters, starring the Kemp Brothers.

Film: Buster (1988) – BBC 1. 11.15pm – 12.55am
Biographical crime drama, based on the life of Great Train robber Buster Edwards, starring Phil Collins. A small time crook gets a chance to move into the big time.


Holloway Dreams – The Joe Meek Story (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Tom Robinson concludes a special tribute to Joe Meek, Britain’s most prized independent record producer of the pre-swinging 1960s era. A studio pioneer and an eccentric, Meek manufactured uniquely futuristic sounds, often from homemade devices and heightened by echo and reverb, but led a life troubled by paranoia, depression and the then illegality of homosexuality. On 3rd February 1967 Meek fatally shot both his landlady and himself.

Wednesday 21st February


The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
No synopsis available.

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Motown’s founder Berry Gordy explains how his label reflected the optimism of the early 1960s.

Film: Scandal (1988) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.15am
Engaging reconstruction of the Profumo affair.


The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.

Thursday 22nd February


Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More hits from the decade.

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A journey through the music scene of the Deep South, focusing on the career of singer Otis Redding.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Steed visits the barber – but it’s Emma who ends up having a close shave.

Bring Back – Grange Hill – E4. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Reuniting the class of 1986.

Soul Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 12.10am – 1.10am (Fri am)


Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.