Cool Retro TV W/C 20th October

by Modculture 22 October, 2006

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 20th October to Thursday 26th October.

Highlight of the Week

The Passing Show: the Life and Music of Ronnie Lane – BBC2 – Friday 20th October 11.35pm
A biography of the Small Faces musician, with recollections from Eric Clapton, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, Pete Townshend and Lane’s wife, Susan Gallegos.

Friday 20th October

TV

Film: From Russia With Love (1963) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Agent 007 is sent to Turkey to confiscate an encryption device which is actually a trap for him contrived by SPECTRE.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A festive party turns sour for Steed.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.30pm – 12.40am
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a man invents a machine that enables him to talk to plants. In the second, a selfish woman used to having her own way asks for help.

The Passing Show: the Life and Music of Ronnie Lane – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
(See highlight)

Radio

Blues to the Bone: the Life of Etta James (3/3) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Candi Staton presents a profile of R & B, blues and jazz singer Etta James. The story winds down with a look at Etta’s experimental 70s recordings, her liberation from drug addiction, her Grammy-winning tribute to Billie Holiday, her wicked sense of humour and her great legacy.

Alfie (4/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Nick Moran reads a version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play. Now out of the sanatorium, Alfie meets Annie.

Saturday 21st October

TV

Film: From Russia With Love (1963) – ITV 4. 7.20pm – 9.30pm
Agent 007 is sent to Turkey to confiscate an encryption device which is actually a trap for him contrived by SPECTRE.

TOTP2 – (4/12) BBC 2. 8.45pm – 9.10pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults including the Byrds, Cockney Rebel plus a new performance from Amy Winehouse and an Oasis video exclusive.

The Set Presents… Paul Weller – Channel 4. 12.55am – 1.25am (Sun am)
Weller performs some classic tracks.

Radio

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.

The Funk and Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues. This weeks guest is Giles Peterson.

Is She Really Going Out With Him? – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
With a title that recalls the first line of the first ever recorded punk lyrics, this programme rewinds 30 years to October 1976, when British punk pioneers the Damned released their debut vinyl 7", New Rose. The single pipped the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK to the post by five weeks, and tonight receives its due credit. Featuring interviews with Rat Scabies, Brian James, Glen Matlock, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Chrissie Hynde. Presented by Steve Lamacq.

Sunday 22nd October

TV

The Men from the Agency – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.10am
How a new found consumer confidence was the catalyst for the British advertising revolution of the 1960s.

Monday 23rd October

TV

Film: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970) – Channel 4. 3.05am – 5.00am (Tues am)
Cult Russ Meyer movie. A female rock trio, the Carrie Nations, get drawn into the hedonistic lifestyle shared by a bizarre array of characters. If you haven’t seen this weirdness before, set the video.

Radio

John Peel’s Perfumed Garden – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The first of four shows, culled from a five and a half hour off air recording, features Peel’s last Radio London broadcast from 1967.

Tuesday 24th October

The Soul of Stax – Community Channel (Freeview Ch. 087) 7.00am – 8.05am
One to set the video/DVD for. A French documentary, made in 1994 which explores the sound and legacy of the Stax label. Interviews with William Bell, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, Alan Bell, Booker T Jones and Duck Dunn amongst others. Worth catching for the great rare footage of the European Stax/Volt tour of 1967.

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Paul Foster is abducted by aliens.

Radio

Martin Freeman’s the Great Unknown (4/6) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
This weeks overview is of Birmingham based pop-rock band Traffic. As if they’re really ‘unknown’.

John Peel’s Perfumed Garden –  BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Peel’s last Radio London broadcast from 1967.

Wednesday 25th October

Radio

Paul Weller – Electric Prom – BBC Radio 6. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Weller headlines the first ever Electric prom. Broadcast Live.

Tears of a Clown – the Smokey Robinson Story (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Lulu presents a profile of a soul tenor and songwriter. This chapter looks at Robinson’s songwriting.

Thursday 26th October

TV

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. Three Nemesis agents disappear.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Roy Orbison and Herman’s Hermits.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A " Fertiliser fiend" threatens the countryside.

Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues.   

John Peel’s Perfumed Garden –  BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Peel’s last Radio London broadcast from 1967.