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Retro TV W/C 22nd August 2008

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Barry Murphy
returns once more trawl 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 22nd August to Thursday 28th August.

Highlights of the week

Frankly, if it wasn’t for BBC 4, this listings guide would have next-to-nothing to recommend, so its great to report that those without freeview can catch three excellent recent documentaries from the channel on terrestrial television this week. Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges (Friday 22nd, BBC 2. 11pm) looks at the motorcity’s influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, while Pop Britannia (Saturday 23rd, BBC 2.10.30pm) features the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who when it looks at the role of the pop svengali in 1960s Britain. Finally, Black Power Salute (Wednesday 27th BBC 2. 11.20pm) tells the story leading up to the moment American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith made their iconic gesture in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, back to BBC 4 which this week screens Willy Russell’s classic 1978 play Our Day Out (Friday 22nd.11.20pm), a hilarious and poignant tale of a group of socially deprived Liverpool children on a school trip. Matthew Sweet’s excellent look at British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply is also repeated (Bank Holiday Monday 25th August.12.25am).

This weeks radio highlight is The Invisible Man: the Rod Temperton Story (Saturday 23rd BBC Radio 2. 7pm), a profile of the British-born keyboardist and songwriter who penned hits for US R&B/pop stars such as Donna Summer, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock and, most lucratively, Michael Jackson. Elsewhere, Kwame Kwei-Armah unravels the myths behind The Man Who Was Bojangles (Saturday 23rd BBC Radio 4. 10.30am), and there’s another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector’s look at the legacy of doo-wop in the first part of Street Corner Soul (Tuesday 26th BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm).

Friday 22nd August

TV

Film: Fathom (1967) – Film4. 2.55pm – 4.55pm
Terrific tongue-in-cheek spy spoof starring the ‘statuesque’ Raquel Welch. Bikini clad, skydiver Fathom Harvill is recruited by a top secret Western agency to retrieve a vital lost atomic device hidden in a rare Chinese dragon by parachuting into a house occupied by some Chinese ‘reds’. But Fathom soon realises that nothing is as it seems. Johnny Dankworth provides the cool jazzy score.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bodie’s girlfriend is injured.

Liverpool on the Box – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
BBC 4’s Liverpool-themed season continues with a look at how Merseyside has been depicted on TV over the years, from Z Cars through to Brookside.

Z Cars – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.50pm
Pay day makes a night-shift a busy one for Lynch and Steele.

Call the Cops – BBC 4. 10.50pm – 11.20pm
The history of police drama Z Cars, which ran from 1962 to 1978.

Motor City’s Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges – BBC 2. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
The city’s influence on music in the 1960s, from the success of Motown to the garage rock scene, which paved the way for punk. Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Martha Reeves contribute.

Our Day Out – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.30am
Classic Willy Russell Play for Today from 1978. A group of socially deprived Liverpool children go on a school trip.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.30am – 1.25am
The Murder Market: Steed and Mrs Peel go undercover to investigate a series of untimely deaths linked to a marriage bureau. Starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

All You Need is Love – More4. 1.20am – 2.25am
Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. Tonight’s film looks at vaudeville and music hall.

Saturday 23rd August

Film: Goldfinger (1964) – ITV 1. 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Lavish spy adventure starring Sean Connery. James Bond investigates ruthless criminal Auric Goldfinger, a man with an insatiable appetite for gold and a ruthless desire to become the most powerful man on Earth.

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Spin-off from the TV sitcom. When the pupils from Fenn Street School get the chance to go on a trip to the countryside, Bernard Hedges (John Alderton) makes sure his class is included despite his colleagues’ disapproval. Classic British romp featuring Duffy, Frankie Abbott, Maureen & the gang. With a groovy theme song from Cilla.

Film: Carry On Screaming (1966) – Channel 4. 5.25pm – 7.10pm
Comedy starring Kenneth Williams and Harry H Corbett. DS Bung investigates a doctor who is carrying out sinister experiments.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Regan is in deep trouble when an old allegation rears its ugly head.

Pop Britannia (2/3) – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
A Well Respected Man. The story of British popular music swings on into the 1960s, when a truly authentic British pop identity was at last forged – spearheaded by groups such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who. Includes contributions from Pete Townsend, George Martin and Sandie Shaw.

If It Ain’t Stiff… – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 1.10am (Repeated 2.40am)
Documentary about Stiff Records. Founded by two penniless visionaries in 1976, Stiff invented the new wave with Nick Lowe, put punk on vinyl with The Damned and gave the world Ian Dury. Narrated by Adrian Edmondson.

Stiff at the BBC  – BBC 4. 1.10am – 2.40am
Featuring Elvis Costello’s debut on Top Of The Pops, Dr Feelgood on the Old Grey Whistle Test, Ian Dury and The Blockheads,  Madness,  The Pogues, Lene Lovich and Jona Lewie.

Film: The Graduate (1967) – ITV 1. 2.45am – 4.30am
Influential satirical comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. Shortly after graduating from college, Benjamin Braddock returns home to a celebratory party and discovers a new "tutor" in the attractive form of Mrs Robinson. Twice his age and worldly wise, the alcoholic Mrs R decides that Benjamin needs instruction in more physical matters after his intellectual struggles.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

The Man Who Was Bojangles – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Who was Mr Bojangles? Kwame Kwei-Armah unravels the myths behind the soubriquet and the man who carried it, tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who played opposite Shirley Temple in a number of her films.

The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

The Invisible Man: the Rod Temperton Story – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Profile of British-born keyboardist and songwriter Rod Temperton, who enjoyed big disco-era success as part of Heatwave (Boogie Nights, Always and Forever and The Groove Line) before writing hits for US R&B/pop stars such as Donna Summer, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Patti Austin, Herbie Hancock and, most lucratively, Michael Jackson. Contributors include producer Quincy Jones, George Benson and Patti Austin. 

Sunday 24th August

TV

Film: Carry On Jack (1963) – ITV 1. 3.10pm – 4.50pm
Ribald comedy on the high seas.

The Unforgettable… Kenneth Williams – ITV 1. 4.50pm – 5.30pm
An intimate portrait of the comic actor.

Steve McQueen: the Essence of Cool – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Excellent TV documentary from director Mimi Freedman examining the movie icon. Featuring interviews with his first wife Neile Adams, son Chad McQueen, Martin Landau, Robert Vaughn, Eli Wallach and Richard Attenborough.

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan and Carter stake out a dodgy garage, believed to be the base of a criminal gang.

Call the Cops (2/5) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Looking at the history of police television drama Z Cars. Interviewees include Brian Blessed and James Ellis.

Film: The Black Windmill (1974) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. While on a secret mission, agent John Tarrant learns that his son has been kidnapped but is then suspected of treachery when the ransom is received.

Live on the Night – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.10am
Bill Nighy looks back at the early days of TV drama, when the programmes had to be broadcast live.

Liverpool on the Box – BBC 4. 12.10am – 1.10am
TV depictions of Merseyside, such as The Liver Birds, Bread, Brookside and Z Cars.

Bank Holiday Monday 25th August

Film: The Towering Inferno (1974) – Five. 3.50pm – 7.00pm
Disaster movie with Steve McQueen. On the opening night of the world’s tallest skyscraper, an electrical fault starts a fire.

Disappearing London – ITV 1(London region). 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Suggs explores the remnants of the old Jewish East End.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Bodie and Doyle investigate a city’s dodgy policing methods.

Film: Walk the Line (2005) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.35pm
This impressive biopic of Johnny Cash paints a frank portrait of the singer’s rise to fame. Joaquin Phoenix and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon give remarkable performances as Cash and his inspirational partner June Carter.

Life on Mars (3/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Series One. The detectives investigate a stabbing.

Film: Vault of Horror (1973) – Film4. 11.35pm – 1.15am
Terry-Thomas and Denholm Elliott star in this very enjoyable Amicus anthology horror from director Roy Ward Baker. In a large building, five men get into a lift heading for the ground floor, but instead it takes them to the sub-basement where they find themselves trapped and share visions with each other of their demise. Read a full review here.

British B Movies – Truly, Madly, Cheaply – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.55am
Matthew Sweet takes a look at British B Movies, from Sir John Mills on the wrong end of a good whipping in The Lash through to the giant gorilla Konga running amok in Croydon, and argues that the low budgets of these films, unlike the A film, ensured they often portrayed Britain as it really was.

Radio

The Record Producers – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Richard Allinson and Steve Levene’s series on pop’s top producers continues with Brian Wilson, featuring original takes of Wouldn’t it be Nice and Good Vibrations.

Suzi Quatro’s Heroes – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Tonight’s show features singer Felix Cavaliere of blue-eyed-soul 60s US chart stars the Rascals, whose hits included Good Lovin’, Groovin’ and How Can I be Sure. Cacvaliere discusses the band’s career with Atlantic Records and recalls working with Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd. 

Mind Chargers (1/3) – BBC Radio 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The Stanford Prison Experiment. Claudia Hammond looks at psychological experiments that changed our understanding of the human mind. When Philip Zimbardo set up a mock prison with his students as guards and inmates, the resulting behaviour was so aggressive that he had to call the experiment off.

Tuesday 26th August

TV

The Sweeney – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Two men rob a wealthy couple as they travel down a country lane.

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives.

Batman (1/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Black Widow hatches a scheme to rob all banks in the city. Concludes tomorrow.

Call the Cops (3/5) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The history of police drama Juliet Bravo, created by Ian Kennedy Martin, which ran from 1980 to 1985 and starred Stephanie Turner and, later, Anna Carteret.

Film: Up Pompeii (1971) -ITV 1. 1.25am – 2.50am
Comedy starring Frankie Howerd. Lurcio, slave to the Senator Ludicrus Sextus, unwittingly intercepts a scroll containing details of a plot against Emperor Nero.

Radio

40 Years from Folsom -BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12Mid-day
One of the most famous gigs recorded, Johnny Cash’s 1968 concert at Folsom prison was witnessed by Gene Beley, a reporter who captured the whole thing on his tape recorder. Matthew Bannister hears those tapes, and from Beley himself.

Great Lives – BBC Radio 4. 4.30pm – 4.55pm
Alan Freed. DJ Bob Harris nominates the first rock’n’roll disc jockey, Alan Freed, for great-life status. Freed’s career was cut short in the 1960s after allegations of payola and he died a penniless alcoholic.

Street Corner Soul (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
Another chance to hear Ronettes star Ronnie Spector’s look at the legacy of doo-wop – the close-harmony rhythm and blues style of singing that emerged in the 1950s on the streets of New York City and Philadelphia. The series begins with late-40s gospel groups, which spawned hit acts the Swallows, the Ravens and the Orioles.

Wednesday 27th August

Pop go the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 7.35pm
Music from the archives.

Batman (2/2) – BBC 4. 7.35pm – 8.00pm
The Black Widow ensnares Batman and Robin in a deadly web.

Film: The Ipcress File (1965) – ITV 4. 10.00pm 0- 12.10am
Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. Intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the world of counter espionage as he uncovers a bizarre "brain drain" among scientists.

Black Power Salute – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Recalling American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s gestures in support of the Black Panther movement at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.

Film: The Best of Benny Hill (1974) – ITV 1. 1.15am – 2.35am
Golden moments from Benny Hill’s early 1970s TV comedy shows are bought together in this compilation film.

Thursday 28th August

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Terry shelters a fugitive.

Film: The Ipcress File (1965) – ITV 4. 12Midnight – 2.10am
Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. Intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the world of counter espionage as he uncovers a bizarre "brain drain" among scientists.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: The Reggae Show – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Radio 2’s hard-core music enthusiast returns with another run of programmes showcasing choice reggae tunes.