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 19th January to Thursday 25th January.
Highlights of the Week:
No outstanding films or shows this week.
Friday 19th January
Film: Caprice (1967) – Channel 4. 1.40pm – 3.30pm
Breezy comedy thriller starring Doris Day and Richard Harris. When industrial spy Patricia Foster gets caught in Paris selling a secret formula to a rival cosmetics firm, it’s only the start of her troubles. She has sparked a chain of events involving double agents and doubles-crosses.
Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Agents Raquel Welch and Tony Franciosa hurtle around the Mediterranean in this sprightly spy spoof.
Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF team is sent to protect a scientist’s widow, but a power failure jeopardises the mission.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A university college’s staff and students are suspected of killing a leading economist.
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a man falls in love with his ex-wife. In the second, a woman’s sister disappears.
Live from Abbey Road – More4. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Performances from the legendary studios from, among others, the Good, the Bad and the Queen.
Clare Teal’s Jazz Divas – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
A tribute to jazz, blues, R&B and pop star Dinah Washington, who in 1963 dies, aged 39, of an allegedly accidental overdose of diet pills and alcohol. Married seven times, her singurlarly dramatic sound influenced generations of soul and R&B singers.
Saturday 20th January
The 60s: the Beatles Decade – UKTV History. 7.00am – 12.00am
Another showing of UKTV’s recent documentary series about the 1960s, repeating all 5 episodes on a loop throughout the day. Subjects discussed include Biba, Twiggy and Vidal Sassoon with archive footage courtesy of Pathe news reels. Worth a look.
TOTP2 – BBC 2. 6.35pm – 7.10pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults including Manfred Mann and Dexys Midnight Runners.
Film: Flesh (1968) – Film4. 1.00am – 3.30am (Sun am)
Joe Dallesandro features in a series of Manhattan vignettes in this cult erotic drama from Paul Morrissey.
Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Johnnie Walker stands in for Brian Matthew. 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.
This Town Ain’t Big Enough – The Story of Sparks – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Mark Radcliffe profiles the rather eccentric and cynically spirited pop-rock duo Sparks. The programme features their first ever demo and other previously unreleased material.
Sunday 21st January
Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Can the IMF team stop enemy agents from persuading a scientist’s widow to work from the Eastern Bloc?
Quatermass – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Starring John Mills. A fellow scientist helps Quatermass solve a mystery.
Parkinson – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
As part of a night dedicated to the zoologist and author Desmond Morris, BBC 4 shows an archive edition of Parky featuring Morris, with Diana Dors and Kenneth Williams.
Film: Trash (1970) – Film4. 12.20am – 2.30am (Mon am)
Startling drama from Andy Warhol’s Factory in which a heroin addict is rendered impotent. Starring Joe Dallesandro.
Monday 22nd January
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A clairvoyant tries to exorcise Marty.
Life on Mars – (3/8) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Repeat of the first series of the fantasy drama starring John Simm. Sam is called to a murder at a textiles factory, which he discovers will be his home in the 21st century.
Live from Abbey Road – Channel 4. 11.35pm – 12.40am
Performances from the legendary studios including Kasabian and the Good, the Bad and the Queen.
Film: Heat (1972) – Film4. 1.15am – 3.30am (Tues am)
Trashy retread of Sunset Blvd from Paul Morissey, starring Joe Dallesandro as a former child actor-turned-hustler and Sylvia Miles as a fading minor.
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 23rd January
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Danny is mistaken for a crook.
Life on Mars – (4/8) – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Sam discovers many of his colleagues are taking brides from a local gangster.
The Cult of … Doomwatch – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.00am
The history of the sci-fi drama which exaggerated the dangers of real scientific advances.
Film: Flesh for Frankenstein (1974) – Film4. 1.00am – 3.30am (Weds am)
Camp dialogue and explicit blood-letting combine in this shockingly funny horror.
The Singer Not the Song – The Blues – BBC Radio 4. 9.30am – 9.45am
The series examining the best voices in different genres turns it attention to the blues. The blues grew from the experiences of the African-American, but does the blues singer have to be poor and black.
Get Up for James Brown! (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
As a tribute to R&b/soul/funk legend James Brown, who died at Christmas, Mark Lamarr presents a revised version of the profile that aired in early 2006. The programmes feature rare and unreleased material and an exclusive interview with Brown.
Hey! Bo Diddley (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Roger Daltery profiles legendary Mississippi-born singer/guitarist Bo Diddley. This edition recalls Bo’s upbringing, assesses his impact on 60s Britsh rock and pop, and explores the West African sensibility in some of his music. Contributors include Wilko Johnson, with music by the Pretty Things, Jimmy Reed, the Kinks, the Animals and the Rolling Stones.
Wednesday 24th January
The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar is entrusted with a diamond.
Film: The Ipcress File (1965) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Impressive spy thriller with Michael Caine as antihero Harry Palmer.
Film: Blood for Dracula (1974) – Film4. 1.00am – 3.30am (Thurs am)
Farcical yet gory horror in which Dracula can’t find any virgin blood because a local stud keeps deflowering his intended victims. Starring Joe Dallesandro.
Soul Solutions – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mica Paris show-cases vintage and contemporary soul.
Rockit – the Herbie Hancock Story (1/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Little turd Jamie Cullum celebrates the influential works of jazz pianist, composer and electronic-music pioneer Herbie Hancock.
Thursday 25th January
Film: Gemini Man (1976) – Five. 1.35pm – 3.40pm
Spy drama starring Ben ‘Alias Smith and Jones’ Murphy. This TV pilot for a short-lived series finds brash special agent Sam Casey able to turn invisible for short stretches of time (with the help of his new fangled digital watch) following an underwater explosion.
The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Scientists are forced to create a nuclear gun.
Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More hits from the decade.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A succession of company secretaries benefit from the murder of their bosses. The intrepid duo investigate the apparent link.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.