Cool Retro TV W/C 8th September

by Modculture 7 September, 2006

Arthur_lee Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 8th September to Thursday 14th September.

Highlight of the Week: Glastonbury 2003: Love with Arthur Lee – BBC 4. Friday 8th September. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

The influential artist, who died on 3rd August, re-creates his classic Forever Changes in a brilliant set at the Glastonbury festival in 2003, which was recorded as part of BBC Four’s coverage of the summer festivals.

Friday 8th September


Glastonbury 2003: Love with Arthur Lee – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
(See Highlight)

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.10pm – 11.45pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, A woman learns her husband has killed off his three previous wives – forcing her to outwit him if she doesn’t want to become his next victim. In the second episode, A man plots to kill his weighty wife, but his ingenious plan goes awry.

Clockwork Orange (1971) – Film4. 11.10pm – 1.45am
Director Stanley Kubrick’s futuristic drama about a rampaging group of violent "droogs" still has the power to shock. 

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Castle De’Ath: Steed and Mrs Peel investigate the mysterious goings-on in a Scottish castle.

Japanorama – BBC 3. 11.35pm – 12.00am
As he explores Japanese culture, Jonathan Ross looks at the nuances of "kakkoii" – cool – and meets those who epitomise it.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.10am (Sat am)
The Master Minds: Steed and Mrs Peel must use their brains to outwit a gang of cerebral crooks.

A Decade under the Influence (2003) – Film4. 1.45am – 2.30am (Sat am)
Slick documentary about 1970s film-making, featuring interviews with Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Robert Altman.


Jazz Legends: Astrud Gilberto – BBC Radio 3. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Julian Joseph examines the life and music of Brazilian vocalist Astrud Gilberto, whose international debut occurred in 1963 when she sang The Girl from Ipanema with Stan Getz and her brother Joao on the Grammy award winning album Getz/Gilberto.

Stop the World – it’s Anthony Newley – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Jonathan Ross recalls the complex life and career of talent-heavy singer, songwriter and stage and screen star Anthony Newley, who died in 1999, aged 67. The series looks at Newley’s formidable accomplishments and how his fame and fortune offered him inadequate personal satisfaction. Contributors include songwriting partner Leslie Bricusse, Petula Clark, David Bowie, Elaine Paige, Julian Fellowes, former wife Joan Collins, son Sacha Newley and many others.

The Funk & Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
New name, same great show. 3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. Essential.

Saturday 9th September


Father Dear Father (1972) – BBC 2. 11.15pm – 12.50am
Spin-off film comedy, based on the 1960s TV series. Thriller writer Patrick Glover’s two teenage daughters cause him an awful lot of aggravation with their parties and  their boyfriends. He decides that the only solution is for him to re-marry. Guest starring Beryl Reid, Donald Sinden and Richard O’Sullivan.

Saturday Night Fever (1977) – Film4. 1.10am – 3.00am (Sun am)
John Travolta has all the right moves in this excellent drama that remains best known for it’s disco soundtrack (and the fact that it was based on the London Mod scene of the 60s).


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Johnnie Walker stands in for Brian Matthew. Two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.

Jazz File. Jazz Singers – Jazz Pianists? – BBC Radio 3. 6.00pm – 6.30pm
Mose Allison. Brian Priestly concludes his series examining the work of jazz pianists whose instrumental innovations have been obscured by their success as popular singers. Today the focus is on Mose Allison, whose distinctive piano style draws on bebop and Delta blues.

The Funk & Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 10th September


Best of Talk – David Frost – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Clips show compilation of Frost’s ITV chat show career including a brief clip of the Rolling Stones performing Jumping Jack Flash live in the studio.

Monday 11th September


The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – Film4. 4.55pm – 6.55pm
Tense spy thriller starring George Segal and Alec Guinness.


Book of the Week: Bringing the House Down – BBC Radio 4. 9.45am – 10.00am
The Profumo affair is well documented, but this new book by John Profumo’s son David, abridged by Penny Leicester and narrated by Robert Glenister, explores how the family coped with events in 1963. In the first episode, two glamorous people meet at the Chelsea Arts Club Ball.

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Mark showcases obscure 1960s records that have eluded the general public from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Tuesday 12th September


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A missing spaceship pilot returns.

The Long Good Friday (1979) – Film4. 9.00pm – 1.05am
In this explosively violent, seminal British thriller, Bob Hoskins turns in a star-making performance as East End crime boss Harold Shand, who seeks revenge after a rival ruins a property deal.


Book of the Week: Bringing the House Down – BBC Radio 4. 9.45am – 10.00am
The glamorous couple marry, ride the crest of a wave then visit Cliveden.

Wednesday 13th September

Book of the Week: Bringing the House Down  – BBC Radio 4. 9.45am – 10.00am
The scandal breaks and a young boy tries to make sense of it all.

The Shadow of a Gentleman – BBC Radio 4. 11.00am – 11.30am
The gentleman is an iconic figure whose values many would like to revive. And now you can pay to be taught gentlemanly habits as a way to get on in life. Chris Bowlby looks at what the gentleman really stood for, and whether we can reinvent him for a less formal, less inhibited age.   

The Funk Factory – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Norman Jay spins a collection of classic, forgotten and modern funk.

The Otis Redding Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Stuart Marconie continues a tribute to singer/songwriter Otis Redding, whose unpolished and achingly expressive vocals exemplify the kind of unaffected soul singing no longer heard in mainstream popular music. This edition focuses on his distinctive 1966 LP Otis Blue as well as a look at the singer’s Stax/Volt tour of Europe.

Thursday 14th September


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Three agents of Nemesis are granted miraculous powers by a mysterious stranger after they crash-land in Tibet. An atom bomb must be deactivated before it devastates Australia.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama – BBC 3. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
A look at "otaku" or nerd culture.

Clockwork Orange (1971) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.40am
Director Stanley Kubrick’s futuristic drama about a rampaging group of violent "droogs" still has the power to shock.

Book of the Week: Bringing the House Down – BBC Radio 4. 9.45am – 10.00am
The paparazzi give chase and the Profumo family goes to ground.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. This weeks guest is American singer/songwriter and guitarist Terry Callier, who performs a live session.