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 June to Thursday 29th June.
Highlights of The Week
Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 23rd June
Berry Gordy’s rise from a Detroit car-production line worker to head of Motown. The songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland and Mary Wilson of the Supremes contribute.
Tighten Up: the Story of Trojan Records – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Saturday 24th June
Two part documentary looking at the influential reggae label Trojan Records and the arrival of reggae in the UK. This two-parter explores specifically the UK’s history and experience of reggae, from the postwar influx of young Jamaicans to the genre’s strong following among British skinheads. Contributors include Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, Derrick Harriott, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many others.
Friday 23rd June
Maureen Lipman: In Search of Style – Sky Three (Freeview Ch.11) 6.30pm -7.00pm
Hip 60s London.
Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The sound of young America, Detroit’s Motown label is in the spotlight on tonights episode. (see Highlights)
In Concert: the Pointer Sisters – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
An early performance from the US R&B group from 1974.
Robert Wyatt: Free Will and Testament – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.40pm
From 2003, the ex-Soft Machine singer performs six songs and talks of his life and work.
Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Double bill of repeats from the classic 1979 series, introduced by the man himself. In the first, The Man from the South, a stranger goads a young man into a frightening bet while on holiday in Jamaica. In the second, Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat, an unfaithful wife tries to explain away her lover’s gift.
The History of the Curly Perm – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.10am
Historians, hairdressers and celebrity perm – owners contribute to this documentary charting the rise and fall of the permanent wave since its invention 100 years ago.
Suddenly (1954) – BBC 2. 12.35pm – 2.00am (Sat AM)
Tense thriller starring Frank Sinatra as a killer who holds a family hostage as part of a plot to kill the president. Withdrawn from distribution for years because ol’ blue eyes found out Lee Harvey Oswald had watched it only days before assassinating President Kennedy.
The House That Dripped Blood (1971) – BBC 1. 12.45am – 2.25am (Sat AM)
Creepy Amicus horror compendium starring Denholm Elliott and featuring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A policeman investigating an actor’s disappearance follows a trail to a house in which the previous tenants have all met grisly ends.
Radio 2 Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 2.00am – 3.00am (Sat AM)
Norman Jay presents a selection of classic, forgotten and modern funk.
Saturday 24th June
Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 12.05am
Rob Brydon stars in a dramatisation of the life of the controversial impresario and critic Kenneth Tynan, the personification of London’s glitzy theatreland in the 1960s.
Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.
School of Rock: Live at Leeds Again – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Andy Kershaw takes us exclusively behind the scenes of the Who’s return to Leeds University, where their seminal live album was recorded in 1970.
Marc Riley’s Rocket Science – BBC Radio 6. 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Marc features an archive session from Pink Floyd.
Tighten Up: the Story of Trojan Records – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Live at Midnight – BBC Radio 6. 12.00am – 1.00am (Sun AM)
Nemone introduces highlights from the Rolling Stones’ 1973 European tour.
Sunday 25th June
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Bawdy spy spoof sequel. Austin Powers travels back to 1969 to confront his adversary Dr Evil who has stolen his ‘mojo’. A bit like a night out at LBB2 but without the drunken tramps in the foyer.
Kes (1969) – More4. 11.10pm – 12.15am
Ken Loach’s debut feature stars David Bradley as a young boy who escapes his dead-end life by raising and training a kestrel.
The Legend of Hell House (1973) – BBC 1. 12.20am – 1.50am (Mon AM)
Eerie horror. A dying multi-millionaire offers a physicist $100,000 to probe a supposedly haunted house. Stars Roddy McDowall and Pamela Franklin.
The Producers (1968) – BBC 2. 11.30pm – 1.00pm
The original and best. Irreverent comedy starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. A shifty Broadway impresario and his accountant decide to put on the worst play in history – hoping for a flop.
Monday 26th June
The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – More4. 4.25pm – 6.10pm
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.
Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
McGill finds himself the prime suspect in a murder case after a wealthy woman hires him to bring her playboy husband to heel.
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The playboy sleuths are tricked into investigating the murder of a young girl on the Cote D’Azur and stumble across some shady business deals.
How Vietnam was Lost – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.40am
A fascinating exploration by Storyville of how two seemingly unconnected events in October 1967 – A vietcong ambush of an American battalion and a student protest at the university of Wisconsin changed the war’s course.
Steve Lamacq – BBC Radio 6 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Steve is joined by Stuart Maconie to talk about the phenomenon of northern soul.
Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Mark mines another seam from his extensive record collection to bring us great songs from both sides of the Atlantic – including soul, r’n’b, country, ska, original brit-pop and more.
Tuesday 27th June
Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) – ITV 1. 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Directed by John Sclesinger with photography by Nicholas Roeg and a top sixties cast including Julie Christie, Terence Stamp and Alan Bates. This lengthy adaption of the Thomas Hardy novel was a flop on release and signalled the end for Hollywood’s bankrolling of sixties British moviemaking.
UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
When Cdr Straker’s son is critically injured in a traffic accident, he contemplates diverting a SHADO transporter to ship a vital drug from America.
The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A safe-breaker gains access to a foreign embassy in London.
Minder – Must See TV – ITV 1. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Shane Richie pays affectionate tribute to the light-hearted drama series. Stars George Cole and Dennis Waterman share thier memories.
Undercover Brother (2002) – ITV 2. 8.00pm – 9.45pm
Blaxploitation spoof with Eddie Griffin and Denise Richards.
Wednesday 28th June
Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jason is abducted to Moscow in order to unravel the mystery of three men who have been turned into ash.
Bullitt (1968) – Five. 10.00pm – 12.15am
Iconic crime thriller starring Steve McQueen , Robert Vaughn and Jacqueline Bissett. A San Francisco police lieutenant is forced to employ unorthodox methods when an assignment to protect a government witness goes awry.
Front Row Special – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Kirsty Lang talks to writers and music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. They discuss the origins of classics such as Me and Mrs. Jones and Backstabbers and reveal the secrets of writing a great love song.
The Reggae Show with Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series showcasing choice examples of the Jamaican music genre.
This Guy’s in Love With You – The Herb Albert Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Richard Carpenter explores the hughely prolific career of trumpeter, composer and producer Herb Albert. This programme moves on to the mid -60s, contributors include A & M partner Jerry Moss, Burt Bacharach and Sergio Mendes.
Thursday 29th June
Alias Smith and Jones – Five. 1.35pm – 3.35pm
The Long Chase. Classic 70s western show. Heyes and the Kid must escape the attentions of a wily sheriff, but end up needing help to avoid arrest.
The Real Dirk Diggler: The Life and Times of John Holmes – Five. 11.00pm – 12.05am
Documentary about Mr Johnny Wadd himself, the inspiration for character Dirk Diggler in the 1997 movie Boogie Nights.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.