Comic Ben Miller (Armstrong and Miller) profiles innovative and racy comedian Benny Hill (1924-92), whose 1970s TV shows attracted in excess of 16 million viewers and whose fans included likewise visually comical talent Charlie Chaplin. Hill was seen in 140 countries, had a cult following in America, appeared in films (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and scored a 1971 number one hit with Ernie (the Fastest Milkman in the West). Paying tribute are TV mogul Michael Grade, comic actress Bella Emberg, TV producer/director Harold Snoad, comic Tom O'Connor and others. (Phil Collinge)
Another chance to hear Radio 2's ode to gothic rock (aka goth) - a genre of moody, introspective, ethereal, non-chirpy and at times droney music that emerged during the post-punk era of the late 1970s. Goths were swathed in black from head to toe, and identified with the "dark" pop of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. Andrew Collins explores the origins and myths of goth, and looks at its modern incarnations (eg Marilyn Manson), including its cult pull with disaffected (and occasionally violent) suburban American youth. With input from
Banshees Siouxsie Sioux and Steve Severin , ex-chart star Gary Numan , Peter Hook (ex-Joy Division), film director Tim Burton and regulars of Soho's Batcave club: Peter Murphy and David J (of Bauhaus) and Jon Klein (of Specimen).
Andrew Collins assesses the meaning of gothic rock - a genre of moody, introspective, non-chirpy and at times droney music that emerged during the post-punk late 1970s, with followers swathed in black from head to toe and identifying with the "dark" pop of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and Sisters of Mercy. Collins explores the origins and myths of goth, and looks at its modern incarnations (eg Marilyn Manson), including its cult pull with disaffected (and occasionally violent) suburban American youth. With input from Banshees Siouxsie Soux and Steve Severin , ex-chart star Gary Numan , Peter Hook (ex-Joy Division), film director Tim Burton , and regulars of Soho's Batcave club: Peter Murphy and David J (of Bauhaus) and Jon Klein (Of Specimen). Producer Helen Lennard
3/4. The series shifts to the early 1980s, when Kristofferson split from his wife Rita Coolidge and starred in Michael Cimino 's cult disaster
Heaven's Gate, which Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins discusses. Plus a look at Kristofferson's political songs and his membership in the 1985-95 country supergroup The Highwaymen, comprised of Johnny Cash , Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson , with whom he starred in Alan Rudolph 's 1984 film Songwriter. Rosanne Cash recalls observing The Highwaymen. Presented by Steve Earle.
Live from Austin, Texas, Dermot O'Leary kicks off a four-and-a-half-hour marathon of Radio 2 coverage of the South by Southwest (SxSW) music, film and interactive festival, which concludes tomorrow.
6.30 Attic Jam with Rachel Fuller and Guests
The SxSW festivities continue with a starry set featuring Attic Jam and Rachel Fuller , with guests Martha Wainwright ,
Pete Townshend (Fuller's partner), Sean Lennon , Mika and Willy Mason , recorded at La Zona Rosa in Austin.
7.30 Radio 2 at La Zona Rosa A SxSW festival highlights programme featuring live sets from current music stars
Seth Lakeman , James Morrison , Amy Winehouse , Mika and Razorlight. Producer Sarah Gaston
Lee Mack Christmas Show
Festive comedy and tunes hosted by stand-up comic Lee Mack , abetted by Angela McHale and music director Steve Brown.
Expect sketches, humiliation, spoofs and a special musical guest. Producer Will Saunders
1.30 Radio Rivron
6/6. Rowland Rivron with chat and peculiar comedy. Today's guests include film and stage actor Alan Cummings and former Blue Peter star Valerie Singleton. Plus a phone chat with Hugh "Huey" Morgan (of Fun Lovin' Criminals), and a sideways dissection of certain lyrics by cult pop siren Kate Bush.
Radio 2 boldly celebrates the 40th anniversary of writer/producer
Gene Roddenberry 's original Star Trek series, which debuted on US TV screens on 8 September 1966. The sci-fi adventure starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy (as Captain James T Kirk and Mr Spock ) aired for just three seasons but, thanks to extensive re-runs and an intense fan base, evolved into what undoubtedly must be the number one cult programme in television history, and has survived in numerous film and television incarnations.
Comedian Stewart Lee explores the show's legacy - including its influence on physicists - with contributions from actors
Leonard Nimoy and Patrick Stewart , sci-fi actor/director Jonathan Frakes , astronomer Patrick Moore , and fans Tracey Emin , Gary Numan , Mitch Benn and Hattie Hayridge (of TV's Red Dwarf).
Producer Wayne Imms
Stuart Maconie launches a second six-part series devoted to one of the most popular and enduring of all musical cults-
Northern Soul. Maconie combines classic tracks with comments from some of the genre's movers and shakers. The first segment features celebrity soul fan Mike Pickering , the former DJ and founder of M
People, whose debut album was titled
Producer Dave Shannon
Phill Jupitus celebrates the 60th anniversary of Batman. He talks to Adam West , who portrayed the Caped Crusader on television in the sixties, and to cult comic authors
Frank Miller and Grant Morrison , as well as looking at the fans, films, music and the bizarre world of American superheroes. Producer Julian Carey
A seven-part series in which actor and writer Dirk
Bogarde reads from his autobiographies. 1: Breaking In
Demobbed after the war,
Bogarde does the round of auditions and is a star in his first film,
Abridged by Neville Teller Producer Janet Whitaker
A look back at the career and character of one of the great British stand-up comedians - the late
What turned him from a stammering youth into a showbusiness sensation, a television and film star and, finally, a cult figure? Producer Richard Wilson
live from the tenth Kent
Literature Festival, presented by Margaret Howard.
Frank Muir , best-selling novelist Pamela Oldfield and cult fantasy author and film director
Clive Barker. Lord Willis of Chislehurst dips into the works of his favourite
Kent writers and there are poems by Noël
Coward, music with a local flavour and songs from Robin Williamson. Producers Will Cantopher and Roy Apps