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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 20.15, BBC1

Not the greatest episode of the series last week, we didn’t think, but there were still lots of nice bits in it and we quite like how it would have wound up those people who think the only children who should appear in Doctor Who are Victorian ghost children. The story arc in this series has been pretty minimal, with Michelle Gomez making only the briefest of cameos, but here’s where it all pays off with the first part of the finale.

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BBC4Goth at the BBC
Friday, 22.00, BBC4

What more suitable programming for this evening? Used to be that goth was the most unfashionable genre of music you could get, but in recent years quite a lot of it has become assimilated into mainstream pop. We’re mostly talking imperial phase here, though, a la The Mission and Bauhaus.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 00.30, BBC4

This repeat run’ll be going some if we get to see Andy Peebles present a regular episode of this show again because that won’t be until February 2018. He didn’t get much more exciting while he was away either. We’ve now skipped a week, which unfortunately means ITV are now back on the air and never again will nearly twenty million people be exposed to Cats UK and Errol Dunkley, and also unfortunately means we’ve missed the week Buggles are number one and we end up with a line-up quite similar to the Peebles episode, though at least it means another outing for that brilliantly stupid Dooleys song. Some new stuff around, though, including Pete’s hair and a particularly, er, interesting new release.

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4extraI’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again
Wednesday, 12.30, BBC Radio 4 Extra

The big news this week is that two episodes of At Last The 1948 Show, including the very first, have been unearthed in David Frost’s house, which is fantastic. There’s more unfamiliar fare here from John, Tim and the rest of their Footlights cohorts as this repeat run will include some previously wiped episodes that are now back at the Beeb after being taped off the radio at the time.

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BBC4Supernatural
Tuesday, 22.55, BBC4

Spookily, they appear to be showing this in reverse order. It looks like, whenever inspiration runs dry in these pages now, we’ll just point you in the direction of Genome and the day this programme was first shown, Saturday 30th July 1977, offers up quite the most threadbare summer schedule, clearly taking the opportunity to meet their regional quotas, with what sounds like the Beeb’s equivalent to Animal Kwackers, Seaside Special including the fantastically named Fiddlygig and Pete Murray introducing surely the least rocking pop show of all time.

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BBC1Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman
Monday, 15.45, BBC1

Sad to report we haven’t watched any of this (“Well done!” – Jeremy Vine) though if you’re in work when it’s on it looks like it’ll be getting a repeat run on Sunday afternoons. We’re not actually sure how many episodes of it there are but here are five more every day this week, including on Tuesday a reunion with his old mate Arlene Phillips, who everyone’s now forgotten was on Strictly, and rightly so.

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BBC1Points of View
Sunday, 16.00, BBC1

Low point of last week was Jeremy saying “well done” to a correspondent who pointed out she was making her complaint while the programme she was complaining about was only halfway through. We therefore assume that Jeremy will offer the same praise to any interviewee on his radio show who is prepared to pass comment on a report having only bothered to read half of it, or an interview they weren’t really listening to. Or does it only work like that when it’s just the telly?

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 20.20, BBC1

We think this has been a fabulous series, perhaps the most consistent of the entire modern era, with loads to enjoy and Clara – or, as Doctor Who Magazine memorably refers to her this month, the Lights On Lights Off Girl – fast becoming our favourite companion. This is the last workaday episode before the big two-part finale and we’re sure it’ll be great as it’s written by that fine author Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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BBC4ABBA at the BBC
Friday, 22.00, BBC4

No Mastermind this week, and not much else very interesting to be honest, hence the umpteenth appearance in Creamguide this year for this as part of an evening of familiar repeats. As we know, ABBA at the BBC isn’t really anything of the sort, just a load of ABBA videos and more of less the entirety of Disco In The Snow. Still, the music’s nice.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 00.30, BBC4

Been a fantastic run of shows recently and we’re particularly thrilled to see this episode, one of those we’ve been waiting to see since the repeats began. As you’ll have seen from his dynamic entrance last time out, it’s the first episode presented by Andy Peebles, but it’s also the last he does for three years, and because it was never shown on UK Gold, and very little of it appears to have been shown on TOTP2, we’re absolutely fascinated to see how he does. Presumably, he didn’t much enjoy it. As fate would have it, his appearance also coincided with the height of the ITV strike which means this is the highest rated episode of all time, pulling in a whopping 19.7 million viewers. Better yet, that enormous captive audience were met with a brilliantly eclectic line-up, one of the most diverse ever, heralded by the Dooleys’ silliest record – and therefore by far their best.

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Sky Arts 1Anarchy in Manchester
Wednesday, 23.00, Sky Arts 1

These shows get their first screening on Fridays but we’re going to carry on billing them here mostly because there’s nothing else on Wednesdays. Having now seen this series, we’re pleased to report it’s great fun, with plenty of Tony Wilson’s links, and these are fantastic – whether he’s slagging off Malcolm McLaren for claiming no TV company wanted to show the Sex Pistols when apparently they’d arranged to film them twice and McLaren pulled them out at the last minute, or refusing to apologise for showing footage of a fight in the audience of a Penetration gig, because “the best rock music has always had an aggressive, violent edge” and the fighting was “no worse than you’d find in a dozen pubs within a mile of the venue”. We like the punk-inspired presentation, too, coping with the irremovable original credits on some of the clips by just scribbling their own credits over them. Well worth a look.

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BBC4Supernatural
Tuesday, 23.00, BBC4

Here’s something a bit interesting from the archives, an anthology series of ghost stories from 1977 with an extremely distinguished cast which apparently isn’t very good and was considered such a failure it was never repeated, and as of now we can check that with the Radio Times archive and that does appear to be the case. This repeat run might be a bit more exciting if it hadn’t been released on DVD last year, and if we were getting more than, it seems, just three of the eight episodes, but interesting enough, we think.

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BBC1Holiday of My Lifetime with Len Goodman
Monday, 15.45, BBC1

It used to be that everyone in Britain went to the same place on holiday every year, and certainly Creamguide did that with its annual jaunts to Conwy in North Wales, where we had many happy times, though the other Christmas we nipped back for old time’s sakes and were amazed we exhausted the town centre in half an hour, and heaven knows how we used to get a week out of it. In this series Len will be taking a celebrity back to some old haunts, every day at this time, kicking off with Dave Myers on the Isle of Man.

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BBC4The BBC Music John Peel Lecture with Iggy Pop
Sunday, 20.00, BBC4

You may have heard this on the radio the other day, but here’s your chance to see him deliver it, and we’re billing it here because alongside his views on the future of music and how much people should pay for it, he’ll also be chatting about his career to Lozza Laverne and inviting questions from the obligatory distinguished audience.

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BBC1Doctor Who
Saturday, 20.25, BBC1

We knew he wasn’t, but when the Doctor offered Perkins a job fixing the TARDIS, for a millisecond we wondered if Frank Skinner might be about to become a regular. Would have been good, too, we think, he wouldn’t have to be in it much, the Doctor could just idly say “Hmm, what do you think, Perkins?” once an episode and Frank could stick his head over the console and offer his views. Always next series, but in the meantime we’re sticking with the usual gang, and this one appears to be a Clara-heavy story.

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BBC4Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Hyde Park
Friday, 22.00, BBC4

Everyone used to laugh at Jeff Lynne for his silly hair, daft lyrics (“Bruuuuuuce!”) and shameless cribbing from the Beatles, but in the past decade he’s come to be cherished as one of pop’s greatest songwriters, surely second only to Bjorn and Benny with his ability to marry sonic experimentation with irresistible hooks. After the documentary from the other year it’s the first telly screening of his concert for Radio 2 from last month which was met with wild acclaim as he did all the hits and did them really well.

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BBC Radio 452 First Impressions with David Quantick
Thursday, 23.00, BBC Radio 4

Thanks to David for letting a TVC team take part in the quiz he was running the other night, in which we came fifth, which was pretty creditable, we think. That said, the Creamguide editor, who wasn’t there, has yet to ascertain how many teams were taking part. Because we had fun we’re billing his new series where he talks about the many people he’s interviewed over the years, comparing his expectations with what occurred – everyone from Bjork to Ned Sherrin.

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Sky Arts 1Anarchy in Manchester
Wednesday, 23.00, Sky Arts 1

The Whistle Test archive has been plundered extensively over the years but when it comes to punk, far quicker out of the blocks were Tony Wilson and the gang at Granada, so this series strings together the best bits of the seminal So It Goes. We think it’s just the music rather than Clive James and the other bits, but that’s good enough, and they’ve got a great host in John Cooper Clarke.

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BBC Radio 1How John Peel Changed My Life
Tuesday, 21.00, BBC Radio 1

Remarkable to think that John Peel died a decade ago and it would be interesting to ponder what he might have been doing now. He’d only have been 75 and we’re sure Radio 1 would have kept him on air for as long as he wanted, and it would have been fascinating to see what genres he leapt on and how he adapted to the massive changes to the way we listen to music over the past decade. Either way it’s pretty likely he’d have been hugely embarrassed to hear programmes like this where loads of people queue up to say how much of an inspiration he was, including Annie Nightingale.

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BBC2The Rockford Files
Monday, 14.15, BBC2

The welcome return of archivery to the afternoons – although we can’t confirm if we’re getting the old idents alongside it – and this is something we haven’t seen on this channel for a while, presumably spurred on by the recent death of James Garner, so it’ll be something of a novelty.

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