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Cool Retro TV W/C 5th May

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 5th May to Thursday 11th May.

Highlight of The Week: Carnaby Street and All That, Tuesday 9th May. BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm

Lulu presents this nostalgic trip back to London circa 1966, looking at the links between fashion and popular music and recalling the glorious heyday of the capitals most famous street. Includes contributions from designers Barbara Hulanicki, Jeff Banks and Mary Quant, Vidal Sassoon, Harry Fox (co-owner of boutique Lady Jane) and musicians Pete Townshend, Donovan, Mick Avory and Dave Davies. Archive material comes from Bill ‘Vince’ Green, Carnaby Street visionary John Stephen and John Lennon.

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Friday 5th May


Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jason deliberately walks into a trap in order to find the president’s kidnapped daughter.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.30am
Mission… Highly Improbable – When Sir Gerald Bancroft and his Rolls-Royce vanish whilst being escorted at a military base, Steed is called upon to solve the puzzle. But before he can he experiences that old shrinking feeling.


The Craig Charles Funk Show – BBC Radio 6. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
The usual mix of funk, blues & soul.

Saturday 6th May


Bobby Moore – BBC2. 9.10pm – 10.40pm
Ray Winstone narrates a dramatised documentary profile of England’s greatest ever captain.


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

The Craig Charles Funk Show – Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
More soul, funk, r&b, jazz and blues.

Ramblin’ Boy – the Donovan Story – Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Whispering Bob Harris interviews folk-pop singer/songwriter Donovan Leitch focusing on his 60s rise & fall. Featuring new interviews with guitarist Bet Jansch, Ready Steady Go! producer Elkan Allan and music producer Joe Boyd.

Sunday 7th May


The Assassination Bureau (1969) – Channel 4. 2.35pm – 4.40pm
Period comedy starring Diana Rigg as a journalist infiltrating a gang of professional killers led by Oliver Reed.

Midnight Cowboy (1969) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.15pm
John Sclesinger’s Oscar winning study of the relationship between Jon Voights naive Texas stud and Dustin Hoffmans tubercular conman, hustling their way on the mean streets of Manhattan.

Countess Dracula (1970) – BBC 1. 12.35am – 2.10am
Colourful Hammer hokum, starring Ingrid Pitt, the first lady of British Horror movies. Countess Nadasdy bathes in the blood of virgins to restore her youth so that she can masquerade as her own daughter.

Monday 8th May


Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
McGill has a problem with two brothers, one of whom keeps running away from a fortune.

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Helping out a nun by investigating missing funds from a convent, Jeff finds himself the fall guy in a case of industrial espionage.

Tuesday 9th May


Zoo Gang African – ITV 4. 6.00pm -7.00pm
A plan to smash a gold smuggling ring on the French riviera requires a large amount of forged cash.

The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Champions are enlisted to help when the body of a top pentagon official is found in Wales.


Carnaby Street and All That – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
See Highlight of The Week.

Wednesday 10th May


Department S – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The team investigates when a crate, supposedly containing fish soup, is stolen from a secure warehouse in Liverpool.

The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm   
The Saint attempts to rescue a Russian spy arrested by the British.

Thursday 11th May


The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The Forget-Me-Knot. Part 1- The only story ever to be bridged on The  Avengers, this episode introduces Agent 69, trainee spy Tara King in an story which also marks Emma Peel’s last adventure.


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