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 10th October to Thursday 16th October 2008.
Highlights of the week
The BBC 1’s new series exploring British fashion and style British Style Genius (Tues 14th, 9pm) continues with A Cut Above – the Tailored Look. Michael Caine and Roger Moore act as guides to the Savile Row establishments that dressed them immaculately for the cinema screen, and there are passing nods to the 1960s flamboyance of Tommy Nutter and his ilk, before Paul Smith’s "classic with a twist" styling, and the dandyish suitings of Ozwald Boateng and Timothy Everest bring it all up to date.
Also new this week, is the new Storyville documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (BBC 4. Mon 13th, 10pm). Film-maker Marina Zenovich re-examines the allegations of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor that have haunted the director’s career since he fled the United States in February 1978.
Finally, in the second part of his series, The Story of the Guitar (Mon 13th, 10.20pm) Alan Yentob examines the shift in the cultural status of the guitar, from the blues of the Mississippi to the "guitar wars" of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul ruled.
Friday 10th October
Minder – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Terry looks after an ex-convict who is targeted by old partners.
The Professionals – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A "ghost" with a vendetta causes chaos for the CI5.
Guitar Heroes on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
New. Great performances by guitar players in the Later studio, including Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Film: Escape from New York (1981) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.05am
Violent futuristic action thriller from John Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell. The year is 1997 (!) and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the president’s plane crashes into this lawless hell, new convict Snake Plisskin is called in to help.
The Story of the Guitar (1/3) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12Midnight
In the Beginning. How did the guitar become the world’s favourite instrument? Alan Yentob begins his personal journey with the rise of the acoustic guitar and features Bert Weedon, Pete Townshend, Bill Bailey and John Williams.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 12Midnight – 0.50am
Small Game for Big Hunters. A rare African cult is encountered in the Home Counties.
The Avengers – BBC 4. 0.50am – 1.40am
The Girl from Auntie. Steed returns from holiday to find a shapely blonde impersonating Emma.
All You Need is Love – More4. 12.20am – 1.25am
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 the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the story of struggling record producer Sam Philips and his "discovery" of Elvis Presley.
Film: Peeping Tom (1960) – ITV 1. 1.45am – 3.25am
Michael Powell’s controversial British thriller starring Carl Bohm. Disturbed Mark Lewis becomes obsessed by his desire to murder and the need to film his evil deeds.
Film: Corridors of Blood (1962) – BBC 2. 2.55am – 4.25am
Boris Karloff gives one of his best performances as a tormented doctor trying to invent anaesthesia. In the process he becomes addicted to the narcotics and begin associating with various London low-lifes – including grave-robber Christopher Lee in a riveting performance as Resurrection Joe.
Saturday 11th October
Blue Peter at 50 – BBC 2. 8.40pm – 9.40pm
Celebrating the world’s longest running children’s TV programme, this new show features presenting teams of old reuniting, as well as archive clips, out-takes and anecdotes. Narrated by Tom Baker.
Film: Straw Dogs (1971) – Channel 4. 11.05pm – 1.25am
Controversial thriller starring Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered mathematician who moves to a small Cornish village. But the idyllic rural environment has a dark side.
Kings of 70s Romance – BBC 2. 11.25pm – 12.25am
Gilbert O’Sullivan, Barry White, Leo Sayer, Demis Roussos and David Soul comment on their time in the romantic spotlight. Narrated by Lesley Joseph.
Children’s TV on Trial – BBC 4. 11.40pm – 12.40am
An insight into the development of children’s programming, beginning with its origins in the 1950s.
Children’s TV on Trial – BBC 4. 12.40am – 2.40am
The story continues with the 1960s.
Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays hits and rarities.
The Funk and Soul Show – BBC 6 Music. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues presented by Craig Charles.
Remember a Day: Richard Wright in His Own Words – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A tribute to Pink Floyd keyboardist, singer and songwriter Richard Wright, who died on 15 September, aged 65.
Sunday 12th October
Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Arthur goes on the trail of a petty criminal who has managed to steal a suitcase of money.
Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor… – Channel 4. 8.00pm – 9.15pm (Continues 10.15pm -11.00pm)
The popular comedian returns with his first new TV work in four years – an affectionate spoof of reality talent shows.
The Sweeney – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Regan investigates the kidnapping of a woman whose husband is forced to drive a getaway car.
Stephen Fry in America (1/6) – BBC 1. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. Stephen Fry travels, mostly in a London cab, through the country that was nearly his home and which has always fascinated him. In this first episode he explores the states that make up New England.
Dance Britannia (2/3) – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
How popular dance evolved during the 60s and 70s, as wild new gyrations accompanied American rock ‘n’ roll and TV spread new trends.
Film: Hud (1963) – Film4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
Powerhouse drama about family strife, with a fantastic performance from the late Paul Newman.
Last Man in Hammersmith Palais – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm
The story of the recently closed west London dance hall and music venue, which saw performances from an eclectic range of bands.
The Story of the Guitar (2/3) – BBC 1. 10.20pm – 11.20pm
New. Out of the Frying Pan. The guitar turns electric and music is changed forever. Alan Yentob examines the shift in the cultural status of the guitar, from the blues of the Mississippi to the "guitar wars" of the 1950s, when the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul ruled.
BBC 1 Sessions: Duffy – BBC 1. 11.25pm – 12.10am
Performance by the singer/songwriter, at London’s LSO St Luke’s, featuring a set of her soul-infused hits backed by a five-piece band and a string section.
Guitar Heroes on Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Great performances by guitar players in the Later studio, including Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Hammer House of Horror – ITV 3. 12.05am – 1.15am
A man is trapped in a recurring nightmare.
Monday 13th October
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.30pm
New. In this Storyville documentary, film-maker Marina Zenovich re-examines the allegations of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor that have haunted the director’s career since he fled the United States in February 1978.
Film: Essex Boys (1999) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
British thriller starring Sean Bean. A cabbie falls on hard times and tries to make ends meet by becoming the personal driver for a gangster.
Choo Choo Ch’Boogie: the Louis Jordan Story (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12Midnight
New series. A profile of singer and saxophonist Louis Jordan (1908-75), whose feel-good jump-jive sound (with band Tympany Five) is credited with bridging the gap between the minstrel show and rock ‘n’ roll, between swing and R&B. This edition explores his emergence as a superstar and looks at how early rock ‘n’ roll acts covered songs made popular by Jordan 20 years earlier.
Tuesday 14th October
Minder – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An Arab banker interested in politics hires Terry as a bodyguard.
British Style Genius (2/5) – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series. A Cut Above – the Tailored Look. This week’s exploration of British fashion and style cuts a dash through the tailored look. Michael Caine and Roger Moore act as guides to the Savile Row establishments that dressed them immaculately for the cinema screen, and there are passing nods to the 1960s flamboyance of Tommy Nutter and his ilk, before Paul Smith’s "classic with a twist" styling, and the dandyish suitings of Ozwald Boateng and Timothy Everest bring it all up to date.
Flight of the Conchords (6/12) – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Bret becomes self-conscious about his body.
Comedy Classics: Brass – ITV 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
A celebration of the sitcom which made its TV debut in 1983 and, heading a bizarre cast of characters from both sides of the social divide, starred Timothy West as capitalist tyrant Bradley Hardarce. The first ever episode follows.
Savile Row (1/3) – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am
Love Thy Neighbour. Documentary filmed over 12 months, following the fortunes of bespoke tailors on the famous Mayfair street. Tonight, an unwelcome newcomer has moved in.
Soul Music: What a Wonderful World -BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
This song was written for Louis Armstrong and recorded by him in America in 1967 amid civil rights demonstrations and protests against the Vietnam war. But was it meant as a powerful anthem to peace?
The Rory Gallagher Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Another chance to hear a 2005 tribute to the blues-inspired rock guitarist, featuring rare archive recordings, including a previously unaired demo from 1960.
Wednesday 15th October
Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 1.15am – 3.30am
Biographical drama of gay playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.
Thursday 16th October
Film: Oh, Mr Porter! (1937) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.20pm
Classic British comedy starring Will Hay. The blustering, incompetent William Porter is posted out of harm’s way to the antiquated and remote railway station of Buggleskelly in Northern Ireland, but before long he is causing chaos.
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.