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BBC2Pop Goes BBC2
Saturday, 22.30, BBC2

This is the first and potentially the most interesting of the anniversary programmes, and despite the name it’s not just pop featured but also jazz, folk, classical and the whole of the musical spectrum that’s been covered on the channel, with David Attenborough our VJ for the evening. Inevitably we’re most interested in the pop and they promise it won’t just be Whistle Test, Jools Holland and the last desperate year of Top of the Pops but music and chat from all kinds of shows. Let’s hope too for stuff from the shorter-lived series like Behind The Beat, Snub and The O Zone, a show we were always very fond of.

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BBC Radio 2Tony Blackburn
Good Friday, 14.00, BBC Radio 2

Given he’s on a million other radio stations, it’s no surprise Tony’s appearances outside of his regular Saturday slot are so infrequent on this station, though we can usually count on him to show up on a Bank Holiday, usually with a theme or chart. That’s the case this time as he presents three hours of original versions of songs that you may know better as covers, plus of course Tony’s trademark banter to while away a dull drive.

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ITVThe Walton Sextuplets at 30
Thursday, 21.00, ITV

Always nice to check in with the scouse sextuplets every so often, given how frequently they used to be paraded on the telly in the early days. Indeed we remember one of the first projects for that man Pip Schofield on ITV was to meet them on the occasion of their tenth birthday. Now they’re into their third decade so time to get the family albums out once more.

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BBC2Happy Birthday BBC2
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC2

Next week we’ll be celebrating BBC2′s fiftieth anniversary with a whole host of programmes which all sounds pretty ace to us, and which we’ll come to in due course. This is a bit of a taster though, as it’s, er, the fortieth anniversary programme again. Well, not exactly, because it was three hours long last time and now it’s been edited down into two half hours, but it’ll make for a suitable aperitif, especially because they’ve probably got rid of the Dead Ringers sketches.

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BBC Radio 2Bob Harris’ Ultimate Playlist
Tuesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

Of all of Radio 2′s regular presenters we’re not sure Bob suffers the most from the demands of the playlist as more or less all his programmes allow him to play whatever he likes, much to the delight his legion of loyal listeners. But if you can never make it past midnight, and you’re not that mad about country, here’s the chance to hear Bob at a more sociable hour for the next few weeks where he’s going to share with us his absolute favourite records from throughout his career.

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BBC1The Michael McIntyre Chat Show
Monday, 22.35, BBC1

This hasn’t done that much, to be honest, and we’ve yet to watch it, but we wish people wouldn’t say it’s no good because he doesn’t interview his guests properly, because that’s not the point of the programme, the point is to get Michael McIntyre back on the telly without him having to write a load of new material. We’re highlighting this last show because Brucie’s on it, though we don’t know if this was recorded before the devastating news last week that he’s jacking it in, and if it was this might look a bit daft. But now we have to take our Brucie where we can get it.

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BBC Radio 4The Reunion
Sunday, 11.15, BBC Radio 4

As with Steve Coogan, the press consistently now slag off Hugh Grant for being “a luvvie” who wants to censor the press but revels in fame, despite the fact that he can’t really do much about being famous because he’s Hugh Grant, and unless he acts with a bag over his head that’s going to happen. And like Coogan, he’s certainly made a more valuable contribution to the general gaiety of this country than every single newspaper editor put together, virtually single-handedly saving the British film industry twenty years ago with his winning performance in Four Weddings And A Funeral. He’s too famous to be on this show, alas, but Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet, Richard Curtis and Mike Newell are.

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Channel 5Morecambe and Wise Live
Saturday, 22.10, Channel 5

Not to give away who’s number one in the preceding Britain’s Best Loved Double Acts or anything. This “hasn’t been seen on television for decades”, and we think that’s pretty much the case because it appears to be Morecambe and Wise On Stage, filmed at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon in 1973. The show was never shown on telly at the time for whatever reason, seemingly just for Eric and Ern’s own personal study, but it was then dug out and shown by Thames in 1987, but seemingly only once, so this’ll be something of a novelty. Five then stick with the vintage comedy theme into the small hours with The Plank at half eleven and Up The Chastity Belt at half twelve, but they’re a bit more familiar.

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BBC2Britpop at the BBC
Friday, 22.00, BBC4

Telly finally gets in on the act with this season with this new compilation. Amazing how seminal the Beeb’s Britpop Now programme in 1995 was considered at the time, even though it was on teatime BBC2, watched by about three people, and we don’t think ever repeated. Presumably there’ll be clips from that on here, plus we hope some less familiar tracks from less familiar shows, along the lines of that fantastic indie-dance crossover clip show they did the other year. What chance Pulp on Live and Kicking?

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 01.00, BBC4

It was a song about a kitchen, so the obvious set dressing for Dana’s performance was a chaise longue, some pot plants and some stone tigers. Despite what she said you can’t burn stuff in a microwave, either, it just explodes, but apart from that we thought that was a rather jaunty tune, though we liked it less when we realised we’d been singing it to ourselves all day. The big news tonight is going to be what happens with Bright Eyes, which you’ll note they edited out completely last week because, like Summer Nights and You’re The One That I Want, it’s represented by a clip from the film which costs money to clear. Unlike the latter two, there isn’t a Legs and Co routine they can whack on in its place, and you’d assume there’s no way they’ll skip number one completely, so heaven knows what we’ll get here.

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BBC Radio 2Not Just Britpop
Wednesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

As Tony Blackburn illustrates whenever he plays 1995 on Pick of the Pops, it wasn’t all the Four Main Indie Bands (copyright Harry Hill) in the charts in Britpop’s pomp and this week Radio 2 is going to reflect on some of the other stuff that was going on musically in what basically appears to be an attempt at Sounds of the Nineties (which wouldn’t be so outlandish, given Sounds of the Sixties started in the mid-eighties). It’s good to see that Mark Goodier is involved in the celebrations for his pioneering work back in the early nineties, though he’s here tonight in his role as the voice of the top forty in this period.

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BBC2The Battle For Britain’s Breakfast
Tuesday, 21.00, BBC2

Of course, for the full story of the history of breakfast television you need to get a copy of Morning Glory by our very own Ian Jones, which we see, ten years on, is now available on the Kindle. This is the next best thing, though, a brand new documentary focusing on those first few months in 1983, which promises to bring together all the surviving major players, some of whom you’ll have heard from before like Anne Diamond and Greg Dyke, but also some interviewees who have spoken less frequently about those days, including Jonathan Aitken and even the reclusive Frank Bough. It sounds like it’s going to be great fun and absolutely fascinating, and the executive producer is Caroline Wright whose name, we think, is now as near to a guarantee of quality from a TV programme (see also Brushing Up On, London On Film et al) you’re likely to get.

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BBC Radio 2Evening Session
Monday, 20.00, BBC Radio 2

It was Mark Goodier who launched the Evening Session back in 1990 and say it through the likes of shoegazing, baggy and grunge, alongside stand-ins including Neale James who seemed a bit at sea with the Ned’s Atomic Dustbin tour dates and Mark Radcliffe who renamed Goodybags’ news service The Hotwire as The Cheesewire, but it’s most notable now for its period under the auspices of Jo Whiley and Steve Lamacq, chosen after a beauty contest of potential presenters in the summer of 1993, with Lammo getting the nod despite previously managing to put XFM off air for several days by spilling Lucozade all over the desk. For the next four days they’re back to play exactly the same records and speak to exactly the same people they did twenty years ago, though it might be more interesting to hear actual vintage episodes that 6 Music are broadcasting at 1am for the rest of the week.

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How Britpop Changed The Media
Sunday, 13.00, BBC Radio 6 Music

It looks like we’re taking the death of Kurt Cobain, which happened twenty years ago this week, to now mean the official start of Britpop, as that genre’s being celebrated across the Beeb all week, as you’ll see. It’s also the tenth anniversary of the tenth anniversary which we featured at the time on TV Cream and even led to two of our inmates being invited to present their own show on Brentwood’s Phoenix FM, which we still have on a C60 somewhere. Heady days indeed, and here’s Miranda Sawyer to reminisce some more.

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Channel 4Fifteen to One
Saturday, 17.15, Channel 4

Last year’s revival of this evergreen format turned out pretty well all told, with the celebrity contestants really getting into it and it proving to be a particularly sturdy format, so it’s no surprise that, as well as a few more celebrity specials, it’s back in civilian form as well, starting here to get some kind of boost from the Grand National (even though everyone will long have switched off, an hour after the race) and then every weekday rather cutely in its classic half four timeslot, where it clashes with Pointless of course, though that’s on repeats this week. Sadly our old mate William G hasn’t returned, with Sandi Toksvig in his place, and perhaps more worryingly it’s been extended to an hour which we’re not sure will help it out as one of the huge attractions of the original show was its frantic pace. We also don’t know if the familiar likes of Michael Penrice, Bill McKaig and Mattii Wotton are going to be invited back either, but it’ll be worth seeing at least one, for novelty’s sakes. We bet Sandi doesn’t instruct them to enjoy the summer holidays, neither.

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BBC2The Trip to Italy
Friday, 22.00, BBC2

“Sire, sire! ‘Tis a continental breakfast! Will only take twenty minutes max!” Steve Coogan is in such a run of form at the moment, probably as prolific and as successful that at any time in his career, with Alan Partridge still funny and relevant, Philomena winning huge acclaim and now a second run of this hilarious series where he and his mate Rob just fling impressions at each other for half an hour and are absolutely wonderful company, which we can’t wait to see.

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BBC4Top of the Pops
Thursday, 19.30, 01.00, BBC4

Roger Cann must have had bloody good union representation to be credited as Designer on the Peter Powell-fronted show that didn’t really have a set. Looked pretty cool with just the lights, though, especially the Jam performance which reminded us a bit of So It Goes. This week’s show is pretty significant on a personal level for Creamguide, not that you need to know why, but it’s also significant as a) it means the repeats have been on for three years now, which is remarkable, as we didn’t think they’d last three months, and b) it’s the last regular appearance on the rota for the host who presented the first one we saw, 36 months ago, Tony Blackburn. He makes a brief return for a few shows in a couple of years but we won’t see that unless the repeat run is still going in 2018. Some great stuff to see him off, though, including an ace opener.

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Channel 4Music Nation
Wednesday, 00.05, Channel 4

Is UK garage now a genre of music old enough to qualify for TV Cream? Well, there’s nothing else to bill today so it’s going to have to be, we’re afraid. And it sort of counts because some of Craig David’s less credible stuff has become a pop culture staple, and on Football Focus last week as part of their archive feature they dug out James Beattie talking about the Artful Dodger and it looked a million years old. So this first episode of a new series tracing the history of underground music over the past two decades just about justifies its place here.

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BBC Radio 2Trouble Man
Tuesday, 22.00, BBC Radio 2

On Sunday 1st April 1984, TVam ran an April Fool about Albert Tatlock, which turned out to be something of an embarrassment because, just as the pre-recorded programme (as Sundays always were in those days for union reasons) went out, the news broke that Jack Howarth had just died. With the clunking gear change you’ve come to know and love from Creamguide, Marvin Gaye also died on that day, so to mark that anniversary here’s a new retrospective of the great man.

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BBC2‘Allo ‘Allo!
Monday, 16.15, BBC2

And so, at last, the end of the war, with two episodes today and the last of all tomorrow, and kudos to BBC2 for sticking with the repeat run all the way to the bitter end. The show was pretty much past its best when we got there, mind, with this final series flung out on Monday nights to little interest, but it deserved a chance to wrap the whole thing up, with David Croft sitcoms always do nicely (although he didn’t have anything to do with it by the end). After this, the afternoon repeats are just Cagney and Lacey until Thursday before sport intervenes for most of the next month, though we hear there’s more stuff to come later in the year, whatever that may be.

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