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 Friday16th March to Thursday 22nd March.
Highlight of the week: The Cinema Show – Rock and Roll Camera: The Great British Pop Movie. BBC 4, Sunday 18th March. 7.00pm.
From A Hard Day’s Night to Spiceworld, this is the story of what happened when the world of British pop music made its way onto celluloid.
Friday 16th March
Top of the Pops – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
As part of 1997 week, a hour of classic chart-toppers. Where there actually any classic chart-toppers in 1997??
Top Gear of the Pops – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 10.35pm
Top Gear collides with Top of the Pops as part of red nose day. Sounds pretty bloody awful, actually.
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.10pm
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a woman tries to obtain her inheritance. In the second, an elderly aristocrat reveals a shocking secret.
Saturday 17th March
Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team investigates corrupt fund-raisers.
Let the Music Play: the Story of Barry White – Channel 4. 4.10pm – 5.10pm
A profile of the soul singer, tracing his life from his beginnings in Los Angeles to international stardom. Includes classic tracks.
TOTP2 – BBC 2. 6.10pm – 6.45pm
Archive performances including the Style Council.
The Great Hunger: the Life and Songs of Shane MacGowan – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30pm
How a London punk transformed himself into one of Ireland’s greatest balladeers.
Film: Terror (1979) – BBC 2. 2.30am – 3.55am (Sun am)
British horror starring John Nolan and Courage. An ancient witch’s curse is reactivated when members of the hexed family use the story for a horror film.
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.
Saturday Review – BBC Radio 4. 7.15pm – 8.00pm
Tom Sutcliffe and guests review the Edie bio-pic Factory Girl.
Sunday 18th March
Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An enemy agent kidnaps two scientists and their spouses.
The Cinema Show – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Rock and Roll Camera. The Great British Pop Movie: (See highlight).
Doctor Who – BBC 4. 8.35pm – 9.00pm
As part of BBC 4’s underground night, a screening of a rare 1960s episode of Patrick Troughton’s doctor. The eccentric Time Lord faces a deadly challenge in the shape of robotic yetis menacing the innocent Londoners.
The Fury (1979) – ITV 4. 10.55pm – 1.15am
Psychological thriller starring Kirk Douglas. A government agent is determined to come to his son’s rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.
Persecution (1974) – BBC 2. 2.25am – 4.00am (Mon am)
British thriller starring Lana Turner as a rich American widow living in the UK with her oppressed son Ralph Bates.
Monday 19th March
Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama – BBC 3. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
1st in a new series. Wossy explores outsiders in Japanese culture.
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 March
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
No synopsis available.
The Car’s the Star – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.20pm
The story of the Ford Capri.
Life on Mars (5/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Series two. When local businessman Simon Lamb finds his wife and daughter have been kidnapped, he threatens to hang himself in the station’s canteen.
Life on Mars (4/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Series two. Gene fears a serial killer he thought he’d sent down in the 1960s is still at large when a woman’s body is found on some wasteland.
Film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) – Film4. 10.55pm – 1.00am
British comedy thriller about four men saddled with a massive gambling debt. Stop tutting, I’m hardly spoilt for bloody choice with stuff on TV this week.
Wednesday 21st March
The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
No synopsis available.
All Mod Cons – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The Changing fashion of British homes following the end of rationing.
Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Insurance agent Faye Dunaway falls for bad boy Steve McQueen in this slick and stylish heist caper.
Film: Sexy Beast (2000) – Film4. 11.00pm – 12.40am
Don: You’re on two per cent, two and a half, maybe even three. Depends on the usual bumflufferies. It’s not about the money with you and me is it, Gal? It’s the charge, it’s the bolt, it’s the buzz, it’s the sheer fuck off-ness of it all. Am I right?
The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.
Thursday 22nd March
The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Music by the Shadows and the Beatles.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Steed goes for a spot of bird-watching and Emma does a comic strip.
Angels Don’t Swear: Marty Feldman Revisited – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Gene Wilder presents a tribute to his friend Marty Feldman, one of Britain’s most creative comedians. Contributors include Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise and Eric Idle.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.