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Cool Retro TV W/C 21st July

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 21st July to Thursday 27th July.

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Omnibus: A Tribute to Syd Barrett – Crazy Diamond – Thursday 27th July. BBC 2 11.20pm – 12.10am.
To mark the recent passing of a unique British talent, another chance to see this 2001 documentary account of Syd Barrett’s life, disintegration and departure from Pink Floyd, with ex-bandmates and fellow musicians paying tribute to his musical legacy.Presented by Kirsty Wark.

Friday 21st July


Fame, Fashion and Photography – UKTV History. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bit misleading this. The programme is actually a re-edit of the Beeb’s The Real Blow-up, split into two parts. This, the second part, continues with a look at the influence and inspirations that help Antonioni create the classic movie Blow Up.   

Blondie – One Way or Another – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.45pm
Story of New York’s most successful and enduring female-fronted band, from their beginnings at punk club CBGB’s in 1974 to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year. Includes in-depth interviews with current and ex-band members, and friends including Iggy Pop and Tommy Ramone. Mark Radcliffe narrates.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.50pm – 11.35pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a neurotic woman with a fear of not being punctual is tormented by her husband on a troubled trip to America. The second is a story of greed and deceit in which an art collector is drawn into a battle with two glamorous women.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The Cybernauts – Steed and Mrs Peel discover that a business contract links a string of murders – and that the only man still in the running is the crippled Dr Armstrong.


The Funk Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Saturday 22nd July


Legends: the Charlie Parker Story – BBC 4. 8.05pm – 9.05pm
Hugh Quarshie narrates the story of one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of all time – a pioneer of the bebop style, which changed the face of jazz for ever.   

GBH – More4. 10.10pm – 12.00am
Alan Bleasdale’s Bafta-nominated epic continues. Sloane and Barnes announce their intention to provoke racial violence in the city. Will Murray’s protestations count for anything? Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin star.


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
2 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 23rd July


The Way we Were – ITV 1(Anglia region). 6.00pm – 6.25pm
A nostalgic look back at summer holidays in East Anglia’s resorts during the 1950s and ’60s.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 12.15am – 1.20am (Mon AM)
Double bill of eerie tales.


Marc Riley’s Mint – BBC Radio 6. 10.00pm – 12.00am
This week an archive interview with Martha Reeves and a spotlight on Brian Eno.

Live at Midnight – BBC Radio 6. 12.00am – 1.00am (Mon AM)
Featuring Paul Weller live at the Phoenix Festival in 1995.

Monday 24th July


The Strange Report – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Strange suspects the murder of a clergyman and civil rights activist is part of a plan to start a race riot.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Danny discovers a body which subsequently goes missing – then turns up in a car crash later on.

Sound of the Sixties  – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Folk Revival Part 2 – Tim Buckley and Richie Havens feature.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Death at Bargain Prices: A London department store is at the centre of a fiendish plot.

There’s Only one George Best – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
A profile of the footballer – the sixties icon whose glittering career was cut short by alcohol abuse.

French Beauty: BBC4 on BBC 2 – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.30am
A meditation on the allure of French actresses, which has fascinated generations of moviegoers. Includes interviews with Brigette Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marcheau, Audrey Tautou and Juliette Binoche.


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 25th July


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A beautiful secretary working for the admiralty could be the key to a naval project that has been infiltrated by aliens.

The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
British intelligence calls on NEMESIS to help test the intricate security system used to guard the top secret F file.

Sound of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Folk Revival Part 3: Peter, Paul and Mary star alongside Joan Baez and Pete Seegar.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Castle De’Ath: Steed and Mrs Peel investigate the mysterious goings-on in a Scottish castle.

Shirts of ’66 – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Ricky Tomlinson hunts for the original England team shirts worn during the world cup in 1966.

I Told You I Was Ill: the Life and Legacy of Spike Milligan – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Revealing the multi-faceted character of the comedy legend through the people he loved.


The Art of Pop –  BBC Radio 2. 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 – a process that began with the jazz revivalists of the early 1950s.

Lenny Bruce is Dead – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
To his legions of followers, comedian Lenny Bruce was a genius and a free-speech hero. But his detractors labelled him sick and dirty. Forty years on from his premature death, Simon Amstell finds out why Lenny’s fight for freedom of speech opened the clubhouse doors but cost him his life. Includes contributions from Eddie Izzard, John Fortune, Dick Gregory and Stewart Lee, and features an exclusive interview with Lenny’s daughter, Kitty Bruce.

Wednesday 19th July

Sound of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Pop Boom Part 1 – The Foundations and Procul Harum.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The Master Minds: Steed and Mrs Peel must use their brains to outwit a gang of cerebral crooks.

Shirts of ’66 – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Ricky Tomlinson reveals how many shirts he has managed to track down and delves into the history of 1966.

Best of Talk… Gloria Hunniford – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The series of classic ITV interview clips continues with a compilation of Gloria’s Sunday Sunday show from the 80s, including interviews with Bette Davis and George Best.


The Reggae Show with Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
More choice examples of the Jamaican music genre.

Thursday 20th July


Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Pop Boom Part 2 – The Rolling Stones and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich appear in this batch of performances from the Top of the Pops archive.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The Murder Market: A marriage bureau offers a deadly service to its wealthier clients, so Steed & Mrs Peel get on its books to investigate.

Shirts of ’66 – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Ricky Tomlinson continues his quest.

Queens of Heartache – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Profiling tortured souls Marias Callas, Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf – artists whose lives (and untimely deaths) seemed to mirror their music. With contributions from Mickey Rooney, Charles Aznavour, KT Tunstall and Katie Melua.

Omnibus: A Tribute to Syd Barrett – Crazy Diamond – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.10am
(See Highlight)


Still Angry After all these Years? – BBC Radio 4. 9.30am – 9.45am
A Kind of Loving – Stan Barstow’s 1960 classic novel, set in West Yorkshire, tells the tale of Vic Brown, a bored draughtsman who gets his girlfriend pregnant and has to marry her. Stan Barstow goes back to Wakefield and Dewsbury to find out what today’s Vic Browns are up to.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Tonight’s session guest is Johnny Jones.