If your idea of great telly doesn’t happen to be a re-run of A Touch Of Frost, a BBC period drama or some poor soul humiliating themselves on a reality show, Barry Murphy has put together the pick of cool TV and radio for the week.
All listings are for UK terrestrial TV or Freeview, with the shows running from Friday 7th April to Thursday 13th April. This is a new feature, so we’d really like your opinions – you can add them below. Hopefully we’ll have a list of the best TV on a regular basis – so check back every Friday.
Highlight of the week: Dusty Springfield – South Bank Show. Sunday 9th April 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Profile of singer Dusty Springfield, whose voice and glamorous image shot her to fame during the 1960s. A Motown enthusiast known as `the white lady of soul’, she worked with Carole King and Burt Bacharach before her career crumbled in the 1970s – leading her to seek solace in drink, drugs and self-harming. Contributors include the Pet Shop Boys, tennis star Billie Jean King and Camille Paglia.
Friday 7th April
Jason King – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Every Picture Tells a Story (22/26) – A cartoon strip based on Jason’s Mark Caine characters proves to have sinister implications when translated into Chinese.
That Was The Decade That Was (3/5) – Channel 5. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Third part of Channel 5’s documentary series chronicling the 1970s, the week focusing on attitudes to consumerism.
The Reverend Al Green (4/4) – Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Paul Sextons profile of the Arkansas born gospel-soul giant. Concludes with his work from the 80s to the present day.
Front Row – Radio 4. 7.15pm – 7.45pm
Kirsty Lang interviews novelist Jake Arnott, author of The Long Firm trilogy about his latest book Johnny Come Home, the story of 70s Glam rock star Johnny Chrome.
The Craig Charles Funk Show – Radio 6. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Tonight Craig is joined by DJ Patrick Forge to spin tunes and talk about his new release The Brazilian Funk Experience.
Saturday 8th April
Who Killed My Brother? – BBC 2. 7.35pm – 8.25pm
Documentary exploring the racist murder in 1959 of Antiguan carpenter Kelso Cochrane in London’s Notting Hill Gate.
Sounds of the 60’s – Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B – sides and rarities.
Stuart Maconie’s Critical List – Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Spotlight on The Byrds 1965 debut album Mr Tambourine Man.
The Craig Charles Funk Show – Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9pm
More soul, funk, r&b, jazz and blues.
Sunday 9th April
The South Bank Show – ITV1. 1045pm – 11.45pm
A profile of the ‘white lady of soul’ Dusty Springfield. Presented by Melvyn Bragg. (See Highlight)
Pick of the Pops – Radio 2. 3.30pm – 5.00pm
This weeks rundown is from 1969 with hits from The Who & Sandie Shaw amongst others.
Monday 10th April
The Battle of Brixton – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Documentary tracing the 48 hours of rioting on South Londons streets in April 1981.
Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The Boston Square (18/30) McGill investigates the disappearance of an eminent oceanographer in possession of secret information.
ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – The Ghost Talks (21/26) Marty regales Jeff with an account of a case he investigated before his death, involving high-level espionage and a threat to national security.
Tuesday 11th April
The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A Case of Lemmings (17/30) The super-powered trio are sent to Italy to find out why a number of Interpol agents have seemingly committed suicide.
Howlin’ Wolf – Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Second part of tribute to the Mississippi-born blues giant. With contributions from Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck & Marshall Chess.
Wednesday 12th April
The Year in Chat – 1973 BBC 4. 11.20pm – 00.20
– Highlights from interviews with, among others, The Who, George Best and Oliver Reed.
Department S – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Spencer Bodily is 60 Years Old (24/28) A man commits suicide, but has no identification can’t be traced. To complicate matters, the coroner’s report indicates he is 60 years old – even though he only looks 20. Before the team can investigate further, the corpse is stolen.
Front Row – Radio 4. 7.15pm – 7.45pm
John Wilson interviews photographer David Bailey.
Thursday 13th April
The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
You Have Just Been Murdered. A mock murder leads the Avengers to a gang of blackmailers.
The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Brett awakes from a drinking session in Stockholm to find himself married.
Paul Jones – Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.
Shake, Rattle and Roll – Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mark Lamarr spins more vintage vinyl from his vast collection.
Janice Long – Radio 2. 12.00pm – 3.00am (Friday)
Featuring a live session from Ocean Colour Scene.