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 1st June to Thursday 7th June.
Highlights of the week
Seven Ages of Rock (3/7) – Blank Generation: Punk Rock – Saturday 2nd June. BBC 2. 9.00pm (Repeated BBC 1 Sunday 3rd 11pm)
It’s 1975 and rock music is about to get shock treatment. Punk’s story is the tale of two cities – New York and London – at a time when both were in crisis. New Yorkers like Patti Smith, Richard Hell and the Ramones, and London acts like the Sex Pistols, the Clash and Slits took rock back to basics to create a new kind of music in which young musicians were in control.
Making the Monkees – Sunday 3rd June. Channel 4. 10.00pm.
Credited as the first manufactured pop group, the Monkees, four unknown actors on a kids’ TV show, sold more records in the USA than the Beatles and Elvis combined in 1967, and their TV show and tunes have a cult following to this day. But Behind the smiles and bubblegum pop songs lay a cut-throat business venture fuelled by money, ego and the ambition of some of the biggest names in Hollywood. This is the inside story of the group’s rise and fall.
Film: The Harder They Come (1972) – Sunday 3rd June.BBC 2. 12.10am (Mon am).
Classic cult crime drama starring Jimmy Cliff. A young, Jamaican arrives in Kingston to break into the music business, but finds himself drawn into a world of violence and corruption.
Friday 1st June
Planet of the Apes – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Galen, Burke and Virdon seek the key to their freedom.
Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The IMF team try to prevent a neo-Nazi uprising in Bavaria.
In Concert: the Eagles – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Performance by the band from 1973.
When the Stranglers Met Roland Rat – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A look at some of the more curious guests on children’s television over the years, featuring interviews with the programme makers.
The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bodie and Doyle are marked men when they begin an investigation.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.50pm
Enemy agents use a fiendish device to transfer their minds into the bodies of Steed and Mrs Peel.
Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.40am
With a performance by the Who.
Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.35pm – 12.10am
Another episode of the classic series.
Film: Superfly (1972) – BBC 2. 12.40am – 2.10am (Sat am)
Cult blaxploitation starring Ron O’Neal. Superfly is a suave coke dealer who plans to pull out of the drug business after one last mammoth score. But will he be allowed to? Featuring Curtis Mayfield’s excellent soundtrack.
Hotel California: from the Byrds to the Eagles – BBC 4. 12.50am – 2.20am (Sat am)
The music and mythology of 1960s and 1970s California, as it grew into the artistic and industrial hub of the American music industry.
Saturday 2nd June
Film: Carry On Cabbie (1963) – BBC 2. 3.55pm – 5.25pm
Comedy starring Sid James and Hattie Jacques. The proprietor of Speedee Taxis gets some competition when his neglected wife starts up her own firm, Glamcabs.
Seven Ages of Rock (3/7) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Blank Generation: Punk Rock – (See highlights).
Once upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip-Hop, Disco and Punk – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Revealing how the deprived streets of 1970s New York heralded three separate musical revolutions.
Sgt. Pepper – it Was 40 Years Ago Today… – BBC 2. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Marking four decades since the release of the iconic album, new acts return to Abbey Road studios to re-create some of the hits. Using the same equipment as the fab four, they will be ably assisted by original engineer Geoff Emerick.
New York Rock at the BBC – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00am
Blondie, Lou Reed and the Ramones perform at the BBC.
Film: Tommy (1975) – BBC 2. 11.45pm – 1.35am
Ken Russell’s satirical adaptation of the rock opera written by Pete Townshend and the Who, starring Roger Daltrey, Oliver Reed and Ann-Margret.
Film: Soylent Green (1973) – BBC 2. 2.25am – 4.00am (Sun am)
Science-fiction thriller starring Charlton Heston. A New York detective investigates the mysterious murder of a synthetic-food executive.
Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.
On the Road – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, comedian and cultural critic Gregg Proops celebrates that great road-trip novel by taking a jazz-infused drive through America from the 50s to the present. He talks to Gore Vidal and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the founder of the Beat Movement, as well as some of the people who sat in the back seat of that 1948 Hudson and played a large part in Kerouac’s life.
The Funk and Soul Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues. Featuring Sharon Jones and the Dap Tones live in session.
Sunday 3rd June
Film: Oceans 11 (1960) – ITV 1. 12.55pm – 3.20pm
Original rat-pack crime caper starring Frank Sinatra. Danny Ocean has a plan: rob five Las Vegas casinos simultaneously on New Year’s Eve. To do the job he assembles a hand-picked team, his "Ocean’s Eleven".
The Unforgettable… Benny Hill – ITV 1. 5.15pm – 5.55pm
Profile of the comedian who cornered the market in saucy postcard humour.
Mission: Impossible – Five US. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The team try to prevent a Neo-Nazi uprising in Bavaria.
Making the Monkees – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.05pm
Arena: Bob Marley – Exodus 77 – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
The year 1977 was a crucial one in the life of reggae superstar Bob Marley. After an attempt on his life in his home that he was luck to survive, he was forced to move from Jamaica to London. But despite his exile, it was the album that Marley made in London, his first outside Jamaica, that was to prove the springboard that propelled his music and his message of Rastafari across the planet, and which Time magazine would vote as the album of the century.
Seven Ages of Rock (3/7) – BBC 1. 11.00pm – 12.00am
Film: The Harder They Come (1972) – BBC 2. 12.10am – 1.55am (Mon am)
Monday 4th June
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A family reunion turns into a very grim affair, while Randall delivers an envelope to an escaped convict.
Isle of Wight Festival: Classic Moments – Channel 4. 12.05am – 12.10am
A performance by the Who.
The Music Club – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am
A special edition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley and the Wailer’s pivotal album Exodus.
Tuesday 5th June
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Mystery surrounds a mansion belonging to Brett’s family.
Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (3/5) Paradise Lost – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
A look at the 1960s and the Harold Wilson government.
Wednesday 6th June
The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A trail leads to murder.
6 Music Plays it Again – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
First in a two-part documentary on the summer of 1967 (aka "the summer of love").
Thursday 7th June
The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The trio investigate why a rogue nation has been testing nuclear weapons under Antarctica.
The Avengers – Return of the Cybernauts – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.20pm
The brother of the late Clement Armstrong devises a plan to avenge his death by setting a deadly trap for Steed and Mrs Peel. Guest-starring Peter Cushing.
6 Music Plays it Again – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Second part of a two-part documentary on the summer of 1967 (aka "the summer of love").