Synth and Be­yond with Stephen Morris and Gil­lian Gil­bert 8pm, BBC Four

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For this won­drously ami­able can­ter through the archives, Stephen and Gil­lian (the Bog­art and Ba­call of New Or­der) sit on a sofa, stick on old mu­sic clips they like, and then mut­ter about them, like a mil­lion other cou­ples flick­ing through YouTube on a Fri­day night. It’s like a post-punk Gog­gle­box. Amid a playlist run­ning from Can to Candi Sta­ton, some clips are per­haps pre­dictable (Kraftwerk, Bowie, Roxy), but Stephen lets his weird-beard shine with the might of Cap­tain Beef­heart, while Gil­lian goes dark pop with Soft Cell. Else­where come Grace Jones, Kate Bush and fel­low Manch­ester im­mor­tals Mag­a­zine. There’s also a snip­pet from New Or­der’s own mem­o­rably in­tense 1984 per­for­mance for the BBC’s Rock Around The Clock live marathon. But the best story con­cerns Ste­vie Won­der.

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