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Retro TV W/C 31st October 2008

Carnaby
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 31st October to Thursday 6th November 2008.

Highlights of the week

The last part of the BBC’s series exploring what makes British fashion and style distinctive British Style Genius (Tuesday 4th. BBC 2, 9pm) concludes with a look at how many of Britain’s most iconic fashions have evolved from the street rather than the catwalk. Original Mods show how they patched together influences from American jazz, French arthouse cinema and Italian cafe culture to create a sharper look and there’s a look at the hidden subtleties behind the 1970s skinhead style, with its militaristic, boots-meets-Ben Sherman look. There’s also a look at how the European sportswear-influenced 1980s street style took its inspiration from the tennis courts and sowed the seeds of a label obsession that still dominates the street look today.

In this weeks radio highlight Neneh Cherry tells the story Fela Anikulapo Kuti and highlights the relevance of his influence today on the music scene of Nigeria and across the world in The Afrobeat Revolutionary – Fela Kuti (Tuesday 4th. BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm).

Friday 31st October

TV

In Concert: the Eagles – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
A performance by the multi-million selling band from 1973.

In Concert: Neil Young – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Kicking off Neil Young night, a 1971 gig by the singer/songwriter, showcasing songs from Harvest.

Neil Young – Don’t be Denied – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. Tracing the musical journey of the legendary singer/songwriter through interviews and unseen performance footage.

CSNY/Deja Vu – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.30am
A record of the 2006 Crosby, Stills, Nash Young Freedom of Speech tour that was built largely around Young’s Living with War album.

Hotel California: LA from The Byrds……to The Eagles – BBC 4. 12.30am – 2.00am
Mark Strong narrates a documentary charting the development of the LA music scene in the 1960s and 70s.

All You Need is Love – More4. 12.40am – 1.50am

Tony Palmer’s mammoth documentary series on the birth of pop gets a rare re-run after it’s recent release on DVD. This weeks film looks at the story of glam rock in the 1970s.

Film: Harlequin (1980) – BBC 2. 2.05am – 3.35am

Eerie Australian drama starring Robert Powell. A faith-healer’s strange powers begin to threaten a rising senator’s career.

Saturday 1st November

TV

Stephen Fry in America – BBC 2. 7.15pm – 8.15pm
Mississippi. A 2,000 mile journey up the river sees our intrepid traveller get the blues with actor Morgan Freeman, while in Chicago he drives guitar Buddy Guy round old stomping grounds.

Mad Men (2/13) – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.25am
Series one. Ladies’ Room. Don’s wife suffers from mysterious bouts of paralysis.

David Ogilvy: the First Mad Man – BBC 4. 12.25am – 1.25am
The extremes and eccentricities of the founding father of the modern advertising industry, revealed through interviews with those who knew and worked with him, plus exclusive access to his archive.

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 Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm

3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.

Sunday 2nd November

TV

Carry On Up the Khyber (1968) – Channel 4. 3.20pm – 5.00pm
Saucy comedy starring Sidney James and Kenneth Williams. India 1895: in the North-West Frontier province, the villainous Khasi of Kalaber plans a rebellion against the governor, Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond.

Film: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1972) – Five. 5.00pm – 6.50pm
In this all-star version of the classic story, Fiona Fullerton plays Alice and has a hard time not being upstaged by her colourful co-stars – Michael Horden’s Mock Turtle, Ralph Richardson’s Caterpillar, Spike Milligan’s Gryphon and Peter Sellers’ March Hare.

Film: A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – Five. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
Classic spaghetti western starring Clint Eastwood. A mysterious gunfighter arrives in a lawless town on the Mexican border. The town is run by two rival families and, after witnessing the stranger’s lethal gunfighting prowess, both are eager to recruit him to their cause.

Stephen Fry in America – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

A flight over the Rocky mountains, a ride through the snow of a dogsled, and a visit to the badlands of South Dakota are all part of this week’s itinerary. Plus the bizarre home of some Kansans in an underground missile base and a gala dinner in Houston that’s a far cry from a band of Tex-Mex musicians at the border in El Paso.

Neil Young – Don’t be Denied – BBC 4. 11.15pm – 12.15am
New. Tracing the musical journey of the legendary singer/songwriter through interviews and unseen performance footage.

Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12Midnight – 1.05am
The Carpathian Eagle. A police inspector investigates the deaths of several men found with their hearts torn out. Gruesome thriller starring Anthony Valentine and Suzanne Danielle, with a young Pierce Brosnan in an early supporting role as one of the killer’s victims.

Monday 3rd November

TV

The Final 24: Sid Vicious – Sky 3. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
Documentary looking at the last 24 hours in the life of punk icon Sid Vicious.

Jake on the Box – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Examining the career of Leeds troubadour Jake Thackray, which saw him perform his unique style of satirical but hauntingly romantic music and poetry on television and radio, and live on stage, making appearances on The Frost Report, That’s Life! and The Braden Beat.

Radio

The White Album Revisited (1/4) –  BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Chris Thomas recalls his studio work on the Beatles’ 1968 double album. 

Tuesday 4th November

TV

British Style Genius (5/5) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Loud and Proud: the Street Look – Over the past 50 years, fashions have evolved from the streets have proved that conservative British style is a myth. The ted’s look was edgy, while mods were symbolic of a smart 1960s Britain. A neat reaction against hippy chic, skinhead style was stripped down and militaristic. Then in 1977, Liverpool witnessed the beginnings of the casuals revolution.

Flight of the Conchords (9/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm

Murray plans a tour.

Film: The Devil Rides Out (1968) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.00am
Classic Hammer Horror starring Christopher Lee. The Duc de Richleau discovers that his friend Simon has come under the influence of a group of Satanists. When Simon disappears, Richleau sets out to rescue him and confronts devil worshipper Mocata.

Radio

The Afrobeat Revolutionary – Fela Kuti –  BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Neneh Cherry tells the story of Nigerian revolutionary and music superstar Fela Kuti, who in the 1960s took political inspiration from American Black Panther Sandra Isidore and devised Afrobeat – a mix of Nigerian drums and James Brown-style horns combined with his own saxophone, keyboard, guitar and quasi-rapping sounds. An outspoken critic of social oppression and a consistently fervent enemy of the government, Kuti was hounded, jailed, tortured and nearly killed by those determined to silence him. Years of abuse and the HIV virus took their toll, and Kuti died in 1997, aged 58, with over a million people lining the streets of Lagos for his funeral. Discussing his formidable legacy are Kuti’s daughters and sons (including musicians Femi Kuti and Seun Kuti), manager Rikki Stein, Sandra Isidore, drummer Tony Allen and slam poet Saul Williams.

The White Album Revisited (2/4) –  BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am

Chris Thomas recalls his studio work on the Beatles’ 1968 double album. 

Wednesday 5th November

TV

Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
When the police pick up Arthur for shady dealings, Terry goes in search of those responsible.

Film: The Devil Rides Out (1968) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12Midnight

Classic Hammer Horror starring Christopher Lee. The Duc de Richleau discovers that his friend Simon has come under the influence of a group of Satanists. When Simon disappears, Richleau sets out to rescue him and confronts devil worshipper Mocata.

Film: Naked (1993) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.25am
Mike Leigh’s coruscating drama about a Mancunian misfit adrift in London. Starring David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp.

4Music: Oasis: Video Exclusive – Channel 4. 11.35pm – 11.40pm
First showing of the band’s video for I’m Outta Time.

Radio

The White Album Revisited (3/4) –  BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Chris Thomas recalls his studio work on the Beatles’ 1968 double album. 

Thursday 6th November

TV

BBC 4 Sessions – Beck – BBC 4. 11.55pm – 12.55am
The singer/songwriter performs at the Union Chapel.

Radio

Mark Lamarr: Shake, Rattle and Roll – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
Rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly and blues enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with more lesser-known vintage recordings from his vast collection.

The White Album Revisited (4/4) –  BBC 6 Music. 12Midnight – 12.30am
Chris Thomas recalls his studio work on the Beatles’ 1968 double album.