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 6th April to Thursday 12th April.
Highlight of the week: Life on Mars. Tuesday 10th April BBC 1. 9.00pm (Repeated BBC 4 Thurs 12th 9.00pm)
At last, all is revealed as fans of this quirky time-travel cop series have their questions answered in the final episode. A private meeting with Morgan leads to revelations that turn Sam’s world upside down – and offers him the chance to go home.
Friday 6th April
The Electric Proms: James Brown Live – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Performance of jazz standards and soul classics from the Roundhouse in London.
In Concert: Average White Band – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
A 1979 concert featuring the Scottish R&B band, recorded at the University of Surrey, Guildford.
Soul Britannia (2/2) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The history of British soul music from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Including contributions by Boy George and Jazzie B.
Later on Nu Soul – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Performances by Mary J Blige, D’Angelo, Alicia Keyes, the Fugees and Macy Gray.
Soul Britannia @ the Barbican (2/2) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00pm
The Allstars celebrate the soul scene of the early 1970s, with music by Hamish Stuart and Linda Lewis.
Film: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) – BBC 4. 12 Midnight – 1.45am
Showing as part of BBC 4s soul weekender, this excellent documentary that pays overdue tribute to the mighty Funk Brothers, the unheralded session musicians who helped create the Tamla Motown sound. A must-see.
Great Lives – Joe Strummer – BBC Radio 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Phil Jupitus nominates Clash frontman Strummer, who died in 2002, aged 50.
Saturday 7th April
Film: The Ambushers (1967) – Five. 6.15pm – 8.00pm
Energetic 60s spy spoof starring Dean Martin as Matt Helm.
The Culture Show – BBC 2. 7.40pm – 9.30pm
Mark Kermode interviews Shane Meadows, Frank Skinner celebrates Mark E Smith’s 50th birthday and John Simms talks about the last ever episode of Life on Mars.
Soul Britannia (3/3) – BBC 4. 9.10pm – 10.10pm
Why British Soul was in a state of flux during the 1980s, until artists started to look to the past, and how reggae helped UK hip-hop gain its identity.
Urban Soul – BBC 4. 10.10pm – 11.40pm
The story of the rise to global popularity of modern R&B.
Soul Britannia @ the Barbican: Queens of Lover’s Rock – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.10am
Celebrating lover’s Rock with Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson.
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 8th April
Mission: Impossible – Five US. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Jim Phelps plans to end King Ibn Borca’s days as a slave trader.
George Gently – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
One off detective drama starring Martin Shaw. It’s 1964, drugs are about to hit the streets, the sexual revolution is under way and George Gently is one of the few officers in Scotland Yard who is untouched by corruption. But when his wife is murdered by gangster Joe Webster, Gently is after revenge.
Val Doonican Rocks – BBC 4. 9.15pm – 10.15pm
In the first of two programmes celebrating the Irish light-entertainment star, this profile trace’s the singer’s rise to the top.
Your Date with Val – BBC 4. 10.15pm – 11.05pm
Christmas edition of The Val Doonican Show from 1976, with guests Henry Cooper and James Galway.
The Story of Light Entertainment – BBC 4. 11.05pm – 12.35am
Stephen Fry presents a potted history of popular music on TV, exploring why music shows are making a comeback.
Film: Office Space (1999) – BBC 2. Midnight – 1.25am
Satirical comedy, from the creator of Beavis and Butt-head. This under-rated cult movie is worth a watch for anybody who suffers the daily monotony of working in an office.
Easter Monday 9th April
Film: Carry On Up the Kyber (1968) – Film4. 5.35pm – 7.15pm
Another period romp from the Carry On gang.
Jackie Magazine: a Girls’ Best Friend – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
For a generation of girls growing up in the economic austerity of 1970s Britain, Jackie magazine provided an exciting source of advice, entertainment and escapism. At its height, Jackie was bought by over a million teenagers, a handful of whom contribute to this nostalgic tribute.
Tasmanian Devil: the Fast and Furious Life of Errol Flynn – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The life of the Hollywood star, who was also an accomplished novelist and reporter, writing first hand accounts of wars and revolutions.
Only Yesterday: the Carpenter’s Story – BBC 1. 10.20pm – 11.20pm
The lives of the 1970s pop duo whose wholesome brother-and-sister image hid a destructive secret.
Tuesday 10th April
Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 5.20pm – 7.15pm
Sexy secret agent Raquel Welch hurtles around the Mediterranean in this groovy sixties spy spoof.
Life on Mars (8/8) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) – Film4. 9.00pm – 10.45pm
Mike Myer’s Swinging Sixties spy spoof.
Wednesday 11th April
The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Templar rescues a Russian beauty.
Life on Mars (7/8) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
When a water-tight court case fails to put away a local gangster, Gene turns to alcohol for comfort and soon becomes a suspect in a murder case.
Film: The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) – BBC 2. 12.20am – 2.00am (Thurs am)
Screen version of Private Eye’s comic strip, starring Barry Croker and Barry Humphries.
The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
With Mark Lamarr.
Thursday 12th April
Film: The Hot Rock (1972) – Channel 4. 12.30pm – 2.25pm
Quirky crime caper starring Robert Redford and George Segal.
Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Studio performances from yesteryear.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Emma changes allegiance and joins the enemy.
Life on Mars (8/8) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
So here it is, the very last episode. A private meeting with Morgan leads to revelations that turn Sam’s world upside down – and offers him the chance to go home.
Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.