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Cool Retro TV W/C 19th 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 19th May to Thursday 25th May.

Highlight of The Week: Brighton Rocks – My Beautiful Lambretta – Thursday 25th May Radio 4 3.30pm – 3.45pm

A poor week for TV and radio, the most interesting of which is this radio drama, written by Lee Pressman and read by Struan Rodger and Keith Drinkel. A mod and a rocker are bought together to tell their version of events when, in May 1964, thousands of teenagers battled it out along the sea front at Brighton.

Friday 19th May


Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
That Isn’t Me, it’s somebody else – A Jason imposter sets a problem for the adventure-loving author when he trys to kill a gangland boss.

Girls and Boys – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Sex and British Pop (2/4) Glam rock, heavy rock, punk and disco – yes, it’s the 1970s.


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

Saturday 20th May


The Flipside of Dominick Hyde – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Classic 1980 Play for Today about a time traveller starring Peter Firth.

American Graffiti (1973) – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 11.15pm
Nostalgic comedy set in 1962 in which four teenagers celebrate their last hours together in their home-town before going their separate ways. Classic coming-of-age saga from director George Lucas featuring a great golden-oldies soundtrack.

Where Eagles Dare (1969) – BBC 1. 11.25pm – 2.00am
One of the best war films of the 60s. Tense Second World War action thriller based on Alistar MacLean’s novel, starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood as elite commandos who must rescue an American officer from a Nazi stronghold.


Sounds of the 60’s – 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.

Sunday 21st May


Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962) – BBC 2. 10.00am – 11.40am
Period piece based on a Jules Verne adventure, directed by Irwin Allen and starring Fabian and  Barbara ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Eden.

Monday 22nd May


Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Which Way Did He Go, McGill? An ex-prisoner drags McGill into a string of murders. Guest starring Donald Sutherland

The Persuaders – ITV4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Overture. An American and an Englishman receive bizarre invitations to a luxurious Cote d’Azur hotel, only to learn they have been set up for a new and challenging career of adventure and danger. First episode of the classic Seventies drama series, starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore

P’Tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982) – Channel 4. 12.35am – 2.00am
The classic Channel Four movie from the 80s. Wry comedy set during a post-war British summer. Shy schoolboy Alan harbours a desire to kiss fellow pupil Ann, but his awkwardness does not endear him to the girls in his class. However, the school play seems to offer the perfect opportunity for Alan to fulfil his dream.

Tuesday 23rd May


Zoo Gang – ITV 4. 6.00pm -7.00pm
The Twisted Cross – The gang re-enact a wartime exploit to catch up with a mystery that had its beginning in the days the Nazis were crumbling. Drama, with John Mills and Barry Morse 

The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Night People – Craig and Richard search for Sharron, who has disappeared while on holiday in Cornwall – and encounter spooky goings-on at an imposing manor. Fantasy drama, starring William Gaunt, Alexandra Bastedo and Stuart Damon.
Anglia 66 – ITV 1 (Anglia region only). 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Stephen Fry rifles through the archives to revive memories of 1966. Today he recalls the Miss Anglia beauty contest, hovercrafts and some hippies attempting to spread peace and love.


The Roadie’s Tale – BBC Radio 4. 1.30pm – 2.00pm
Nick Barraclough goes on the road with the Buzzcocks and offers a warts-and-all glimise into the secret, subterranean world of their crew.

Wednesday 24th May


Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
After being invited to sell the film rights to one of his novels behind the iron curtain, jason finds himself locked in a safe in East Berlin.

The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm   
Simon Templar investigates a robbery in an Istanbul museum.

How William Shatner Changed the World – Channel 5. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
The man famous for playing Star Trek’s Capt James T Kirk reveals the secrets behind the cult tv show. Featuring archive clips, outtakes and interviews with cast members.

Thursday 25th May


The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Brett and Danny try to save the fortune of a beautiful heiress.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 9.30pm
Among the specialist subjects tonight is the life and films of Lindsay Anderson.

Anglia 66 (Repeat) – ITV 1. (Anglia region only) 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Exploring the regional archives of 1966. Stephen Fry rifles through the archives to revive memories of 1966. Today he recalls the Miss Anglia beauty contest, hovercrafts and some hippies attempting to spread peace and love.


Brighton Rocks – My Beautiful Lambretta. Radio 4 (FM only). 3.30pm – 3.45pm
(See highlight).

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