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 23rd February to Thursday 29th February.
Highlights of the week
TV: Soul Britannia – Queens of Lover’s Rock. Friday 23rd February. BBC 4. 8.30pm.
Janet (Silly gaaaaaaaaames) Kay and Carroll Thompson celebrate the romantic, yearning vocals of Lover’s Rock, a uniquely British take on reggae.
Radio: The Warhol Effect. Tuesday 27th February BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm.
An exploration of the impact of artist, Icon and visionary Andy Warhol on the evolution of popular music. Contributors include Lou Reed and John Cale, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Joe Dallesandro, Nicky Haslam and Tom Wolfe.
Friday 23rd February
Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An insight into how the late, great James Brown instigated a funk revolution in 1965.
Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF capture murderer Imry Rogosh and stage an elaborate mock trial.
Soul Britannia – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Queens of Lover’s Rock – (See highlights).
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a man risks everything for money. In the second, two villains decide to take advantage of an old man.
Soul Britannia @ the Barbican – (2/2) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm (Repeated 1.20am – 2.20am Sat)
The Allstars celebrate the unique British soul scene of the early 1970s, with music by Hamish Stuart, Linda Lewis, Madeline Bell and Carol Grimes.
BBC 1 Sessions: Bryan Ferry – BBC 1. 11.15pm – 11.55pm
The Roxy Music frontman performs an intimate concert at LSO St Luke’s, London, ahead of a new album of Bob Dylan songs next month.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Steed visits the barber – but it’s Emma who ends up having a close shave.
Saturday 24th February
Film: My Name is Modesty (2003) – BBC 2. 12.55am – 2.10am (Sun am)
Action adventure based on Peter O’Donnell’s iconic 1960s comic strip. Modesty is working in a Tangiers casino that is taken over by a gang of thugs. Mmmm, on a night with nothing else on telly mod/retro wise, this might be worth a punt. Or maybe not….
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 25th February
Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team stage a mock trial in an attempt to make a murderer reveal all.
Film: Thunderbirds Are Go! (1966) – Film4. 7.15pm – 9.00pm
Efficient feature-length spin-off from Gerry Anderson’s popular series.
Film: The Devil Rides Out (1968) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm (Repeated 1.00am – 2.50am)
Starring Christopher Lee and Patrick Mower. A group of Satanists invoke the powers of darkness for personal gain, risking their lives to do so. But they all become ensnared by the malevolent presence they have summoned. This film scared the cr*p out of me as a kid.
Film: Circus of Horrors (1960) – BBC 2. 1.45am – 3.15am
British horror starring Anton Diffring and Donald Pleasence. A number of disappearances are traced to a circus.
Monday 26th February
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 3. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A phoney medium is rumbled.
Film: Electra Glide in Blue (1973) – Film4. 12.45am – 3.00am (Thurs am)
Robert Blake plays a diminutive motorcycle cop in one of the great cult movies.
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 27th February
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Brett wakes up to find himself married.
The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The team face a chain of events involving lethal narcotics and a series of killings. Starring Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw.
Life on Mars (3/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series two. After a bomb warning is received, Sam fights to discredit Gene’s theory that the IRA have bought their mainland campaign to Manchester.
Life on Mars (2/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Series two. The team is viciously attacked by a dangerous gang while escorting notorious safe-cracker Dickie Fingers to the station from his prison cell.
Ronnie’s Last Show – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
At 15 he smuggled moonshine, at 18 he had a nightclub, and at 21, he advised Elvis to change his name. His backing band became the Band and he went to China as a peace emissary for John and Yoko. Gerry Anderson visits the 71-year-old rock’n’roller in his Canadian hideaway.
The Warhol Effect – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Wednesday 28th February
The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Simon searches for a former Nazi.
Death by Excess (2/5) – Sky 3. (Freeview ch.11) 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The lives and deaths of some of pop music’s iconic women.
Film: 24 Hour Party People (2001) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.15am
Innovative and irreverent look at the Manchester music scene of the 1970s and 80s. Starring Steve Coogan as Tony Wilson.
Film: Fellini’s Roma (1972) – Film4. 1.55am – 4.00am (Thurs am)
The famous director indulges himself with a seemingly autobiographical look at the Rome of his youth.
The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.
Night Waves – BBC Radio 3. 9.45pm – 10.30pm
Matthew Sweet looks at the life and works of the avant-garde film-maker Peter Whitehead as a retrospective of his films opens at the National Film Theatre. Whitehead is known as a maverick of the 1960s, and for his work with bands, from the Libertines to the Stones.
Thursday 29th February
Sounds of the 60s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More hits from the decade.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
An invisibility formula goes astray.
Film: This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006) – BBC 4. 10.15pm – 11.55pm
Documentary looking at the apparent moral hypocrisy and cynical protectionism of the Motion picture Association of America.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.