Cool Retro TV W/C 28th July

by Modculture 29 July, 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 28th July to Thursday 3rd August.

Totp_old Highlight of The Week

Top of the Pops Night – Sunday 30th July BBC 2. 8.00pm – 11.40pm
A night dedicated to the passing of a national treasure. The longest running chart programme in the world comes to an end tonight after 42 years. As well as an extended last edition featuring presenters old and new, BBC 2 offers a documentary looking at the history of the show and a special look back at that fab 70s dance troupe Pans People.

Friday 28th July

TV

In Concert: Donovan – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Vintage 1972 concert of the veteran folkie.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.50pm – 11.35pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, an evil joke backfires. The second concerns a man who stakes his daughter on a bet he thinks he cannot lose.

The Avengers (7/26) – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The Murder Market: A marriage bureau offers a deadly service to its wealthier clients, so Steed & Mrs Peel get on its books to investigate.

Time Shift: Fantasy Sixties – UKTV History. 12.00am – 1.00am (Sat AM)
Programme tracing the development of TV science fiction and fantasy through the 1960s. Featuring A for Andromeda, Adam Adamant Lives, Doctor Who and the Avengers among others.

Radio

The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. The perfect accompaniment to warm weekend evenings.

Tiny Tim – BBC Radio 4. 11.30pm – 12.00am
With his ukulele and falsetto renditions of pre-war popular songs like Tiptoe through the tulips, Tiny Tim was an unlikely star and an even less likely sex symbol. Yet during the 60s he became hugely popular. Writer and musician CP Lee tells the story of a very unusual talent and a genuine eccentric.

Saturday 29th July

TV

Bedazzled (1967) – BBC 2. 10.55pm – 12.35am
Classic Peter Cook and Dudley Moore Faustian comedy, not to be confused with the excretable remake with Liz Hurley. Stanley Moon falls hopelessly in love with a waitress – but she doesn’t even know he exists. About to commit suicide, the broken-hearted man is approached by the Devil aka George Spiggot who grants him seven wishes in return for his soul.

GBH – More4. 10.10pm – 12.00am
Alan Bleasdale’s Bafta-nominated epic continues. Jim Nelson is completely unprepared for the news he is about to receive. Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin star.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew plays two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.

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

Sunday 30th July

TV

1966: We Were There: Sunday Grandstand – BBC 2. 5.00pm – 5.40pm
Yet another look back at the 1966 World cup final, held exactly 40 years ago.

Top of the Pops: The Final Countdown – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
After 42 years and over 2000 editions, the BBC’s weekly chart show Top of the Pops announces its very last number one tonight. This live studio show reunites many of the show’s best known presenters. (See Highlight).

Shirts of ’66 – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
Ricky Tomlinson’s complete quest to find the famous England shirts worn by the winners of the 1966 World Cup Final.

Top Gear – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s exploits as celebrity Who roadies for the day at the recent Hyde Park gig.

Top of the Pops: The True Story – BBC 2. 10.00pm – 11.10pm
As Top of the Pops draws to a close, this is a chance to look back at the highs and lows of the programmes illustrious 42 year history. (See Highlight).

Pan’s People: Digging the Dancing Queens – BBC 2. 11.10pm – 11.40pm
A history of the famous Top of the Pops dancers.(See Highlight).

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.15pm – 12.20am
Double bill of eerie tales. In the first, an evil joke backfires. The second concerns a man who stakes his daughter on a bet he thinks he cannot lose.

Monday 30th July

TV

The Strange Report – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Detective series set in London following the exploits of detective Adam Strange. Can Strange trace the killer who struck 30 years ago?

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Who is masquerading as Brett Sinclair? And why?

Left of Frame: the Rise and Fall of Radical TV Drama – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.00am
Ken Loach, Jimmy McGoven and Tony Garnett are among those discussing the revolution in left-wing television dramas of the 1960s and 70s. Narrated by Robert Lindsay.

Radio

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. This week he focuses on freakbeat and garage from around the world.

Tuesday 1st August

TV

UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A woman intending to murder her husband discovers she has instead killed an alien.

Top Gear – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Featuring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May’s exploits as celebrity Who roadies for the day at the recent Hyde Park gig.

The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The champions face the task of finding a World War II bomb which could launch another war.

Radio

The Art of Pop –  BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker – one of many pop musicians to have had an art-school training – explores the connections between British art schools and pop. The 1960s and 70s saw numerous pop groups springing from an art school background. The biggest names in British pop, from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols, all owed something to an art school influence. But successive governments were concerned about the kind of education art schools were offering.

Puttin’ on More Style – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Robert Lindsay celebrates the personal style of four Hollywood icons. This week is the turn of Katharine Hepburn whose assertive dress sense and commanding screen presence found their most stylish expression in the 1940 romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story. Contributors include Barry Norman, director Bryan Forbes and cultural theorist Stella Bruzzi.   

Wednesday 2nd August
 
TV

Best of Talk… Michael Aspel – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Compilation of the best of Aspel ITV chat shows.

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) -BBC 4. 10.45pm – 12.30am
Barry Croker and Barry Humpries star in Bruce Bereford’s comedy, based on a comic strip character. Puerile comedy worthy of a mention for the cameos by Peter Cook and Spike Milligan.

Radio

The Reggae Show with Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
More choice examples of the Jamaican music genre. In the last of the series Mark’s special guest is Damian Marley.

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Smokey Robinson presents a series in which he plays tribute to his fellow Motown colleague, soul legend Marvin Gaye.   

Thursday 3rd August

TV

Sounds of the Sixties: The Pop Boom Part 3 – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Bee Gees, the Move and Manfred Mann.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A Surfeit of H2O – Outrageous levels of rainfall around a secretive winery raise suspicions.    
Radio

Still Angry After all these Years? – Kes – BBC Radio 4. 9.30am – 9.45am
Barry Hines travels to Hoyland Common, South Yorkshire, where events in his youth inspired him to write the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, which Ken Loach adapted for his gritty, realist 1969 film.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Tonight’s session is from British slide guitarist Michael Messer.

BBC 6 Music plays it again: Stubborn Kind of Fella – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Smokey Robinson presents a series in which he plays tribute to his fellow Motown colleague, soul legend Marvin Gaye.

Nemone’s Dream Ticket – BBC Radio 6. 10.00pm – 1.00am
Including a session from the Specials recorded in May 1979.