TV and Radio Listings Saturday 26th  September to Friday 2nd October 2015

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Not a great deal this week.  But what we do have is no less than two programmes on indie music and its roots in the DIY culture identified with punk culture (but preceding by many years).  Other than that, we have Sean Meadow fine This is England ’90 (itself not far from that DIY ethos).

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 12th to Friday 18th September 2015

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A few bits and bobs this week  .Two programmes of clips driven by irony-laden nostalgia (It Was Alright in the 1980s and Britain as Seen on TV) and a repeat of The 90s: Ten Years That Changed the World, a documentary that looks at the overly commodified pop-culture of the 1990s in an entirely uncritical way.  The only glimmer of hope is the a new (and apparently last) chunk of Shane Meadows’s semi-autobiographical This is England with this alter ego, Sean Fields, aged eighteen facing up to adulthood in the 1990s.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 5th to Friday 11th September 2015

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A full-on week of relevant broadcast material dominated by Radio 4.  Highlights include Jim Naughtie’s history of British oil (R4, Monday 8pm) and Archive on 4 examination of the role of forgetting at the interface between history and politics (R4, Saturday 8pm) and punk violence in Too Much Fighting on the Dance Floor (R4, Friday 11:30am).  Elsewhere, there is much royalist propaganda.  Much better history can be found in the unlikely- source of a couple of clips shows (It was Alright in the 1970s (C4, Saturday 9pm) and Britain as Seen on TV (ITV, Monday 8pm) that, without seemingly trying, supply a better history of modern Britain than any adulatory programmes about Brenda.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 29th August to Friday 4th September 2015

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Undoubted highlight of the week – three hours of coverage of the 1955 general election.  Truly unmissable.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th August 2015.

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Quite a bit of art this week, from Roy Strong (too often held up as icon of sixties London) to the pop art (too often a trite capitulation to consumerism).  Meanwhile, a true great of post-war British art, Francis Bacon, is consigned to Book of the Week on Radio 4.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 8th to Friday 14th August 2015.

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Oh dear, even when Auntie does venture into the recent past her thoughts are dominated by war and great men.  So on Monday on BBC4 we have an evening of Churchill, war and war films.   And that is about it.

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TV and Radio Listings Saturday 8th to Friday 14th August 2015.

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wrong with the world where one can watch more cookery programmes in one evening than post-war British history in an entire week.  Or is it that those of us who think that history is important are expected to read it in books.  Summer scheduling means that this week it is mainly re-runs.

The one high point is the second part of the Kavita Puri’s radio series Three Pounds in My Pocket which offers an engrossing oral history of Asian immigration to Britain and their experience of racism and resistance to it from the late 1960s and through the 1970s.

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