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Catch-up: W/C 15th March 2010

Madmen

Barry Murphy picks out the best of the week's TV and radio on the various catch-up services in the UK. All programmes are listed in date order and please note: Only available to UK residents.

TV

Mad Men (6/13) – Series three. Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency – Sterling Cooper's British owners unveil their plans to restructure the company and the arrival of young executive Guy MacKendrick causes a commotion among the staff. (Available until: 12:09am Wednesday 17th March 2010)

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Mad Men (8/13)
– Series three. Souvenir. Don takes Betty with him on a business trip, and Pete helps out a neighbour's au pair. (Available until: 10:44pm Wednesday 17th March 2010)

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Sidekick Stories – A tribute to the hidden talents of television's longest-suffering assistants. Includes contributions by Andrew Sachs, Tony Robinson, Matthew Corbett and Debbie McGee. (Available until: 9:59pm Tuesday 16th March 2010)

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Bellamy's People (8/8)
– Presenter Gary Bellamy revisits some of the colourful characters he has encountered on his tour and reflects on what he has learnt about modern Britain. Spoof documentary starring Rhys Thomas, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Felix Dexter, Lucy Montgomery and Simon Day.   (Available until: 10:29pm Thursday 18th March 2010)

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Storyville: The Jazz Baroness
– Documentary about British heiress Pannonica Rothschild, who defied her family to start a new life in New York after hearing one particular jazz track. Her great niece, Hannah Rothschild, explores how she became a legend in the jazz world and why her relatives are still reluctant to tell her story. Featuring unseen archive footage, contributions from friends and relatives, and the voice of Helen Mirren. (Available until: 2:04am Friday 19th March 2010)

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Requiem for Detroit? – Powered by the car industry and designed for a life based around road travel, Detroit was once the embodiment of the American dream. But director Julien Temple's film paints avery different picture, showing how it has now turned into a dystopian post-industrial city that is the stuff of nightmares. However, with the freeways no longer troubled by a rush hour, plants are swallowing up once-thriving areas and the land in the city centre is increasingly turning back to prairie. Will Detroit's future turn out to be in farming as the urban agricultural movement rushes to its aid? (Available until:
10:14pm Saturday 20th March 2010)

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Motor City's Burning: Detroit from Motown to the Stooges – 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. (Available until: 11:59pm Saturday 20th March 2010)

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Motown: a Culture Show Special: Marking the 50th anniversary of Motown Records. Martin Freeman goes to Motown. (Available until: 2:09am Sunday 21st March 2010)

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Blues Britannia: Can White Men Play the Blues?
– Documentary charting the British love of the musical genre over a 20-year period from the 1950s. Contributors including Keith Richards, Paul Jones, John  Mayall and Bill Wyman study the inspiration of American artists such as Muddy Waters, how young white audiences came to love the music, and the increasing international dominance of UK-based performers as the 1970s dawned. (Available until: 5:24am Sunday 21st March 2010)

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Blur – No Distance Left to Run – This full-length feature documentary follows Blur on the reunion trail in the summer of 2009 after a ten-year hiatus as they rediscover their music and the friendships that originally inspired the band when they came together at the dawn of the 90s. The film follows the healing of that creative friendship and their emotional triumph at Glastonbury in June, 2009. (Available until: 12:34am Monday 22nd March 2010)

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Blues at the BBC – Archive footage of blues performances from the past 50 years. Featuring famous songs by Son House, The Kinks, BB King, John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton, plus lesser known tracks by Freddie King, Delaney and Bonnie and Long John Baldrey. (Available until: 4:54am Monday 22nd March 2010).

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Women (1/3) – Vanessa Engle charts the rise of feminism and examines its effect on modern life, beginning with the ideology of women's liberation in the 1970s. Systematic oppression both in society and the eyes of the law is explored, and feminist thinkers discuss how and why they became involved in the movement to end it. (Available until: 10:59pm Monday 29th March 2010)

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Radio

Sounds of the 60s – Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks. (Available until: 10:02am Saturday 20th March 2010)

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Ali: When Cassius Met the Beatles – Miami 1964: two iconic 20th-century cultural forces came face to face. John Wilson gathers eyewitness accounts of this unique encounter between the king of the ring and the Fab Four, with photographer Harry Benson, writer Robert Lipsyte and fight doctor Ferdie Pacheco.
(Available until: 11:02am Saturday 20th March 2010)

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The Funk and Soul Show – 3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles. (Available until: 10:02pm Saturday 20th March 2010)

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Women of the New Wave – Singer Pauline Black meets some of the women who were in the vanguard of the punk revolution and asks what their legacy is for women today. For X-Ray Spex frontwoman, Poly Styrene, it's knowing her own daughter has the confidence to do anything she wants in life, while for guitarist Viv Albertine of The Slits the legacy is better demonstrated through the work of artists Tracy Emin and Sarah Lucas. (Available until: 2:02pm Sunday 21st March 2010)

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