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ITVPop Gold
Wednesday, 22.45, ITV

Well, here’s something very intriguing – to all intents and purposes, the ITV version of TOTP2! As the So It Goes repeats on Sky Arts illustrated a few months back, there’s certainly all kinds of interesting musical moments in the ITV pop archive, with Revolver and So It Goes breaking just as many bands as Whistle Test, while we’d even be prepared to argue that Razzmatazz managed to attract virtually every big name in eighties pop to Newcastle. But somehow they never quite managed to find that one influential show that would ever rival the Pops as a flagship. What this all means is that we may see some familiar songs in unfamiliar form throughout this run, so it should be fascinating. And seemingly they’re setting their stall out early doors with The Sex Pistols and The Clash promised in this first episode.

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GoldThe Comic Strip Presents… Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Tuesday, 23.20, Gold

The Gold schedules are looking quite interesting at the moment, perhaps more so than at any time in the past two decades since they decided to stop showing things like The Innes Book of Records and Odd One Out in primetime. There’s nothing you won’t have seen before, but there’s a decent amount of more alternative fare alongside the non-stop Only Fools. Here’s what we’re saying is the best Comic Strip film of all.

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BBC Radio 4Jock Purdon, The Miners’ Poet
Monday, 16.00, BBC Radio 4

It’s thirty years to the week the Miners’ Strike ended, an occasion marked at the time by ITV devoting an entire Friday night to a three hour Weekend World special, which we doubt you’d get these days. The cultural side of the strike has been explored a couple of times and here’s Billy Brags with Jock Purdon, a former miner himself, and whose songs and verses took on extra resonance during the dispute.

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BBC Radio 4The Business of Film with Mark Kermode
Sunday, 13.30, BBC Radio 4

Second part of this series delving into the side of the movie business we don’t get to see and which will presumably ensure most people wonder how any films ever get made at all. Especially so after this one, which considers where the money comes from.

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BBC Radio 4Julia, Dear Boy… Welcome to Westminster
Saturday, 10.30, BBC Radio 4

We’ve been absolutely fascinated by Inside The Commons over the last few weeks, and we think a couple of MPs from across the parties have come out of it rather well, aiming to use their platform to actually do some good for the people they represent, and one particular MP has not, not that we expected much else from them. Much of it has been devoted to chronicling the uneasy mix between the traditions of Westminster and modern day politics and that’s something expanded upon here as Julia Langdon, who’s been reporting from there for forty years, is joined by a number of distinguished guests to discuss how it’s in some ways better – including, as the title suggests, a little less sexism – and in some ways worse.

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BBC4Joy Division
Friday, 21.00, BBC4

We think this film has been in the cinema but not on the television before. It’s the full and at times rather bleak story of one of the most influential bands of the new wave, enlivened by the presence of all the surviving band members who don’t just contribute memories plus also rare footage and music as well.

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BBC2Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe
Thursday, 22.00, BBC2

Much as we love Charlie and this series we’re afraid we had absolutely no idea what the point of the bit was last week where he simply listed every single mention of Gregg Wallace they could find in the BBC archives, especially as some of the programmes were from years ago (Charlie definitely knows that episode of Would I Lie To You was from 2011, he was on it too). You could do that about anyone on television and if he has been on a lot of things, well, so what? Keith Floyd did exactly the same 25 years ago. We enjoyed the rest of it, though.

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BBC2Three Up Two Down
Wednesday, 16.15, BBC2

Wow! You’d have had to run through most of Mark Lewisohn’s book before you guessed which sitcom BBC2 were next digging out, as this one hasn’t been seen on terrestrial telly for ages, not even in the early nineties when BBC1 was repeating virtually every sitcom in the archive due to an accounting cock-up. Now almost thirty years old, it’s probably the ultimate mid-eighties sitcom, alongside Don’t Wait Up, that could reliably come back every year and generally amuse even if you forgot what happened the second it finished. A good few weeks of episodes to get through here.

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BBC4The Nation’s Railway – The Golden Age Of British Rail
Tuesday, 21.00, BBC4

Next week Britain’s only nationalised railway company is heading back into private hands so what better time to broadcast what we’re sure will be an absolutely fascinating documentary about how the railways were nationalised in the first place. In fact there was an equally fascinating documentary about InterCity a few years back which presumably we’ll never see again as Savile was all over it. This’ll doubtless be just as good, though, as we reminisce about the optimism of the post-war era when steam trains were finally banished and we looked forward to superfast trains serenely gliding into futuristic new stations like Euston, before something seemed to go very wrong.

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BBC1Real Lives Reunited
Monday, 11.45, BBC1

It’s the last week and today’s episode is the one we mentioned last week where Nicholas Witchell is reunited with someone he previously only had a very brief but intimate encounter with on the set of the Six O’Clock News in 1988. A great telly moment, that, although we’re afraid we were such a prissy child it scared us witless and we refused to watch the Six again for ages after it just in case it happened again. Those closer to the action suggest that the most remarkable thing about the protest is that they managed to find the news studio in the first place, the newsroom at TV Centre being something of a rabbit warren.

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BBC Radio 4The Business of Film with Mark Kermode
Sunday, 13.30, BBC Radio 4

The magic of the movies may well seem a little less magical after this series as Kermode is going to step away from the silver screen and reveals where the decisions are really made – not in the director’s chair but in the boardroom. In the first instalment we take a look at that dread concept of development hell, and why it’s sometimes remarkable any films get made at all with the umpteen interfering executives at every turn.

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BBC Radio 4Malled – 60 Years of Undercover Shopping
Saturday, 20.00, BBC Radio 4

As we were reading the other week, Tesco abandoning plans to open various new stores seems to spell the end for the thinking behind about 95% of regeneration projects in Britain over the past few decades, of attracting a supermarket to an area and then more or less building everything else around it. As we ponder a new era of shopping it’s timely that Will Self takes the opportunity here to discuss the rise and what now appears to be the fall of the out-of-town shopping centre, creating an imaginary mall to ponder what it’s achieved.

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BBC4Status Quo Live and Acoustic
Friday, 22.20, BBC4

It’s twenty years now since Quo sued Radio 1 for not playing their records and instead putting them on the “unhip” Radio 2 although we doubt they’re complaining now they’re still regulars on the now very influential Radio 2 playlist. Even Francis and Rick realised they were probably phoning it in a bit in recent years so after the repeated documentary we’ve got a new concert with – gasp! – unplugged guitars.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 00.00, BBC4

First, the important news – we’ve now decided Sheila of Sheila B Devotion fame actually looks a bit more like Sharon Horgan than she does Gabby Logan. Secondly, you may have noticed that this run hasn’t had its usual Sky at Night break for a while, and indeed there was an episode last week that wasn’t repeated in this slot, so we’re assuming that, with only three unbroadcastable shows to the end of May, we’re going to have an uninterrupted run and then a big long break in the summer to match the strike. We assume. Another new presenter this week, and Steve Wright was for many years the scourge of the archive Pops fan with his witless comments on TOTP2, but here he is in context, just arrived on Radio 1 and actually pretty palatable at this early stage.

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BBC Radio 2Johnnie Walker’s Long Players
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

A Britpop special this week, although while we’re talking about Blur and Oasis we’re going over slightly less familiar ground because rather than their battle for supremacy in 1995 with The Great Escape – which we reckon now might be Blur’s worst album – and Morning Glory, which we remember many critics initially giving bad reviews, but instead look back to the previous year and Parklife and Definitely Maybe when people were less inclined to consider the existence of both bands as some kind of competition that required any actual winner. But Blur were obviously best.

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BBC Radio 2Blowing My Own Trumpet – The Kenny Ball Story
Tuesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

“Gimme some joke music, Kenny! Gimme some joke music!” And Kenny certainly obliged Ollie in that famous clip, illustrating his easy-going manner and ability to conjure up suitable music for every occasion. This documentary was first broadcast a couple of years ago, but that’s alright because he was still alive when they made it so we get to hear him make a contribution.

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BBC1Real Lives Reunited
Monday, 11.45, BBC1

There was a little taster for this series on The One Show the other night which, rather brilliantly, featured Nicholas Witchell being reunited with one of the Section 28 protestors from The Six O’Clock News, and they had a lovely chat (“Were you the person I sat on?”). Presumably we’ll get that in full during this series although it doesn’t appear to be in any of this week’s programmes. Some other interesting stuff as well, though.

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BBC2FA Cup Rewind
Sunday, 10.20, BBC2

This has been great fun so far, the highlight of the last batch of episodes being the report on Port Vale’s Valeite Venture from 1988 where fans were invited to contribute 50p a week to the club lottery and if four of you did it, a player would come round to your house, the Beeb following keeper Mark Grew to meet a family in Crewe via a Mission Impossible parody.

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BBC2The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over
Saturday, 22.05, BBC2

Nearly two hours of The Dave Clark Five! Perhaps a bit surprising, given their songs generally don’t appear to have many hidden depths that need exploring, but they were a massively successful band at the time and were huge in America as well, to the extent there was once a Dave Clark Five-themed café at the Epcot Center. We think Dave Clark himself has been a bit of a bogeyman to archive telly fans in recent years after he bought the rights to Ready Steady Go and only seemed interested in licencing clips featuring The Dave Clark Five but it looks like he’s produced this programme so there should be some intriguing stuff.

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BBC4Secret Knowledge – In Search of Rory McEwen
Friday, 19.30, BBC4

Jools Holland seems to have a pretty sweet job, able to indulge in his passions and happily jumping across the arts. That’s something that was also true of his father-in-law Rory McEwen, an artists, musician and writer who in the fifties was a familiar face on British TV with regular appearances on the Tonight programme, and who it’s said was responsible for introducing Britain to the blues. Here’s Jools telling his story, perhaps the only biography that features contributions from both Van Morrison and David Dimbleby.

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