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BBC4Oh! You Pretty Things – The Story of Music and Fashion
Wednesday, 21.00, BBC4

Sad to report we haven’t actually watched this series, one of the few new programmes we’re actually billing, but we hear they’ve done a decent enough job of it and tonight we finish up with a look at the eighties. You’d hope they’d dig a bit deeper in the archives to avoid showing us some very familiar fare indeed, though it does promise to go off the beaten track a bit rather than just bang on about shoulder pads as Kevin Rowland is among the interviewees.

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BBC Radio 2Michael Grade On The Box
Tuesday, 23.00, BBC Radio 2

The big news from Channel 4 this week is that Jeremy Paxman will be involved in their election coverage, though we’re doubtful this will include an all-night results show as they surely don’t have the resources and about 95% of the coverage involves simply reporting the results which you can’t really do in any kind of alternative way. The channel’s in a bit of a state at the moment but the next episode of this series looks at the impact it made in its golden age, which we would suggest included the period Grade was in charge with ace shows like GBH and The Big Breakfast. What we love about the billing for this episode is that it suggests Ant and Dec Unzipped was one of the most important shows in the history of Channel Four. And that’s right!

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ITVCilla
Monday, 21.00, ITV

Turns out this has been the biggest drama hit of the autumn so far, enjoying huge ratings and plenty of critical acclaim for both Sheridan Smith and the writer Jeff Pope, who always gets a free pass in Creamguide after In Bed With MeDinner and The Show. This is the last part although we must point out that this definitely does not mean we want to see the actual Cilla back on telly any time soon.

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BBC1Points of View
Sunday, 16.15, BBC1

“Many Gardeners World viewers are unhappy with its move to 9.30. Nobody asked our opinion!” Clearly, we had the wrong referendum last week. This move, apparently, confirms that the BBC thinks gardeners are “second class citizens”. There are some comments on this show that are simply beyond parody, though you won’t be surprised that the piece ended with that Points of View favourite, counting up all the cookery shows on the telly including all the signed repeats at three in the morning, which they’ve done at least four times in the past year. It’s amazing how easy it is not to see any of them.

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 20.30, BBC1

The first ten minutes of last week’s episode looked pretty cool, or at least like an episode of Hustle, though we got a bit too much clichéd corridor business later on, we thought. The big news this week of course is that it’s Doctor Who Late’n’Lewd as it moved to the latest slot in the modern history of Who, much to the chagrin of the youngest viewers (although it’s a bit earlier on BBC3 tomorrow). Fascinated to see what it means to the ratings, as while it gets a leg-up from Strictly and it’s after dark, it’s also opposite The X Factor for its entire duration. Looks a fun episode, though, with the Doctor going undercover and Peter getting to do plenty of comic business.

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BBC4TOTP2
Friday, 23.15, BBC4

Still no new episodes of this on the horizon, but plenty of repeats. This is a Then And Now episode but, given it was made in 2002, it’s now more of a Then And Then episode, with various seventies acts shown via archive form and then performing, often in the risible Star Bar, at the turn of the century.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday. 19.30, 00.00, BBC4

Hooray! After two months away we’re back from where we left off, with a suitable number of episodes left to take us up to Christmas. Though it’s only a week after the last show – which you’ve probably forgotten about, it was the really good one with Secret Affair and The Commodores on – it very much feels like the first day of term as we’ve not heard any of the songs before, there’s a debut for a very famous band who would make regular appearances for the next decade and it’s even a new look Peter Powell who’s had his hair cut and seems to be trying hard to be all sensible and not jump around like an idiot so much. Just great to see it back.

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BBC4Oh! You Pretty Things – The Story of Music and Fashion
Wednesday, 21.00, BBC4

As we know it’s the law for BBC4 music documentaries to mention punk regardless of whether it had any impact on the subject under discussion, though given this series has reached the seventies there’s a pretty obvious reason to include it here. Lots more to cram into the hour, too, from glam to prog.

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BBC Radio 2Michael Grade On The Box
Tuesday, 23.00, BBC Radio 2

A lot’s been said about Hugh Carleton Greene’s reign as Director General and he certainly did plenty of great things, though in many ways he only had himself to blame in his battles with Mary Whitehouse because he did sometimes seem to go out of his way to wind her up, and he wasn’t entirely the great liberal as he refused to let That Was The Week That Was go out in the same year as the General Election. Certainly more good than bad, though, and in the next episode of this repeated series he’s the focus alongside his commissions like The Wednesday Play.

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ITVThe One and Only Cilla Black
Monday, 22.40, ITV

Turns out the Cilla drama, which continues tonight at nine, has been a smash hit, because it works as a nice bit of sixties nostalgia and of course the actual Cilla isn’t in at any point which perhaps makes it a bit more palatable. She’s definitely in this, though, the Paul O’Grady-fronted show from last year which was important enough to move News at Ten.

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ITVThe Unforgettable Larry Grayson
Sunday, 22.50, ITV

Larry hadn’t even been dead five years when they made this show back in 2000 and it’s still getting regular outings on the light channel. This might be the right moment to ask if Challenge would like to show Larry’s Gen Games again, as they haven’t shown them since they arrived on Freeview and surely they’re more intelligible than some of the 3-2 -1s they’ve been churning out.

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 19.30, BBC1

“Once upon a time, the end!” Really enjoyed this last week, the best episode for ages and Capaldi was great in it. We should have fewer episodes set in space and more set in chic modernist brasseries, because they certainly have more relevance to our lives. Jon P’twee used to say there was nothing scarier than a yeti on the toilet in Tooting Bec, perhaps we can update that to a Cyberman in Café Rouge, or a Sontaran in Starbucks. Apparently this one’s not quite so good.

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BBC4Roxy Music at Frejux
Friday, 23.50, BBC4

Despite the timeslot we’re not sure this programme has ever been on this channel before. Unlike some people we like Roxy just as much in their post-Eno phase and the run of hits they’ve just started on Pops 79 are all pretty ace, the highlight being The Same Old Scene which we think is a brilliant song and also has an ace video where Bryan has a fag on the go throughout then leaves after he’s done his bit to let the rest of the band finish the song off. Here they are at the height of their powers in 1982 in a suitably glamorous location.

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BBC1Scotland Decides
Thursday, 22.35, BBC1

So away we go with what’s bound to be an absolutely fascinating 24 hours as after various dull by-elections nobody’s that bothered with, we’ve got a genuine piece of history on our hands. It’s going to be absolutely fascinating whatever happens. Of course BBC Scotland are going their own way with Glenn Campbell, Brian Taylor and the gang and their coverage will last the best part of 24 hours, though it does break for Pointless, otherwise you can join Huw Edwards and the usual network team – though no Dimbleby – examining what it all means for the rest of the UK through the night, and then maybe pondering what happens to the channel they’re actually broadcasting on.

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BBC4Oh! You Pretty Things – The Story of Music and Fashion
Wednesday, 21.00, BBC4

Pretty sure the concept behind this series has been wheeled out a few times over the years, but here we go again with a look at the links between pop and clothes over the years. It’s very much Cilla season on all channels as we start off in the sixties and her role as the face of Biba is highlighted, and it looks like we might get some decent clippage throughout which is all you can ask for on these kinds of shows.

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BBC1Crimewatch
Tuesday, 21.00, BBC1

All together now… it’s hardly likely to be Crimewatch Peru, is it? Though of course they got rid of the “UK” a few years back, rather spoiling that joke. The reason we’re billing it here is not just to do that joke again, but because it’s the thirtieth anniversary – well, it was a few months ago, but this is where they’re celebrating it. That must make it one of the longest running primetime shows in TV history, although these days it turns up whenever there’s a gap unlike in the eighties when it was an immovable object one Thursday a month and whatever comedy show was running at the time had to miss a week. Nick Ross and Sue Cook are back for this special show to reflect on what it’s achieved, though we don’t know if Nick will remind us not to have nightmares. Creamguide’s mum always had to leave the room while our dad watched it because it did indeed give her nightmares, despite Nick specifically instructing her not to have them.

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BBC Radio 4Yesterday’s Papers – The End of the Music Press
Monday, 16.00, BBC Radio 4

We last bought the NME last year when it printed its list of the hundred greatest Britpop songs, and we wouldn’t particularly argue that feature illustrated the dire straits of the current pop scene because when we bought it regularly during the actual Britpop era it was forever harking back to punk. In fact the music press seems to have been at death’s door for many years now, first back in the early nineties when Sounds and Record Mirror closed down, then ten years later when Melody Maker and Select went, so it’s perhaps amazing we’re still pondering its future another decade later. David Hepworth knows a thing or two about the music press, but then he did also think those appalling illustrated covers on Word magazine were a good idea, so we’re not sure we’ll be too convinced by his argument. Good job the Bake’s going to be contributing as well.

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ITVSunday Night at the Palladium
Sunday, 19.00, ITV

This has caused a bit of a stir, although it’s hardly the most sensational of revivals, because not only did we have For One Night Only in this same exact slot five years ago doing the same kind of thing, but we’ve already had a variety series from the Palladium just over a decade ago, with one of the original hosts in charge to boot! Indeed it doesn’t look like we’re getting Beat The Clock so it looks like it’s just going to a bog-standard variety show of the kind we still get quite frequently anyway, with the dull Stephen Mulhern the first host and a pretty uninteresting line-up topped by Bryan Adams.

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 19.30, BBC1

Capaldi certainly confirmed himself as the Grumpy Doctor last week, with loads of great gags, and we’d be fascinated to hear what some of the nation’s kids are making of him. Maybe it’ll be worth waiting until after tonight to find out because the concept of this episode seems to be the Doctor’s day off, kicking his heels while Clara’s off on a date, which sounds fascinating.

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BBC2The Perfect Morecambe and Wise
Friday, 22.00, BBC2

When BBC1 showed That’s Television Entertainment in 1986 to mark their fiftieth birthday, Eric and Ern’s Singin’ In The Rain routine was the last thing on it, so we can presumably say that they considered it the greatest moment in the history of BBC television. We wouldn’t argue that much, and here it is again. Plus some other stuff.

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