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Cool Retro TV W/C 1st September

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 1st September to Thursday 7th September.

Highlight of the Week
No real highlights this week I'm afraid.

Friday 1st September

TV

Tales of the Unexpected - ITV 3. 11.15pm - 11.50pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a well-dressed man sells his umbrella. In the second, a young woman attempts to flee the attention of a stranger.

Radio

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

Saturday 2nd September

TV

The Ipcress File (1965) - BBC 4. 8.45pm - 10.30pm
Impressive spy thriller, showing as part of BBC 4's British Spies season, starring Michael Caine as intelligence agent Harry Palmer, who gets embroiled in a sinister conspiracy.

The Story of Light Light Entertainment - BBC 1. 9.25pm - 10.55pm
Chat Shows - This excellent series continues a look at one of light entertainment's most sucessful and enduring formats - the chat show. Featuring contributions from David Frost, Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan.   

Sounds of the Seventies - BBC 4. 11.15pm - 11.25pm
Music by Patti LaBelle and Rose Royce.

The Year in Chat: 1973 - BBC 4. 11.25pm - 12.25am
The Who, George Best and Peter Cook feature in talk-show highlights from 1973.

The Crazies (1973) - Film4. 12.40am - 2.30am (Sun am)
Rare screening of George A Romero's sci-fi horror in which a deadly virus causes havoc in a US town when it gets into the water supply.   

Radio

Sounds of the 60s - BBC Radio 2. 8.00am - 10.00am
Two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks. Albeit without Brian Matthew this week who is recupperating. Best wishes Brian.

For One Night Only - Radio 4. 10.30am - 11.00pm
Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, Live at Montreux. In 1991, for the 25th Montreux Jazz Festival, Quincy Jones coaxed Miles Davis - renowned for his relentless pursuit of new sounds and his intransigent refusal to revisit past glories - into reprising his classic performances from the period 1949 -60. Those who were there tell Paul Gambaccini of the magic of hearing Davis's Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain again. Davis died two months later.

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

Sunday 3rd September

TV

Tales of the Unexpected - ITV 3. 11.20pm - 12.25am
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a well-dressed man sells his umbrella. In the second, a young woman attempts to flee the attention of a stranger.

Radio

The Art of Pop - Radio 4. 1.30pm - 2.00pm
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. He talks to current art school students to discover the ways in which artists may impact on the pop industry of the future, and vice versa.

Andy Kershaw - BBC Radio 3. 10.15pm - 12.00am
James Hunter in session.

Monday 4th September

TV

Mastermind - BBC 2. 8.00pm - 8.30pm
Tonight's subjects include the Rolling Stones and Hammer films 1945 - 1983.

Gangster No1 (2000) - Film4. 11.10pm - 1.10am
Impressive and stylish British thriller, told in flashback during the sixties, about the rise of a London crime lord. Shame the script doesn't last the distance.

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.

BBC  Radio 6 Plays it Again: Paul Weller - Sold on Song (1) - BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm - 10.00pm
Paul Weller gives a great insight into the art of his songwriting in a very special concert recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London.

Tuesday 5th September

TV

UFO - ITV 4. 6.00pm - 7.00pm
Aliens exploit a man's devotion to his wife to make him turn traitor.

Radio

The Frost Years - BBC Radio 4. 11.30am - 12.00pm
David Frost was one of the first British broadcasters to subject politicans to the kind of scrutiny and satire that is now the norm. Frost and guests discuss the effect of TW3 and the 1960s satire boom had on politics.

BBC  Radio 6 Plays it Again: Paul Weller - Sold on Song (2) - BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm - 10.00pm
Paul Weller gives a great insight into the art of his songwriting in a very special concert recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London.

Wednesday 6th September
 
TV

The Saint - ITV 4. 7.00pm - 8.00pm
The Saint becomes a mercenary in a private army.

Radio

The Funk Factory - BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Norman Jay spins a collection of classic, forgotten and modern funk.

BBC  Radio 6 Plays it Again: Ray Davies - Sold on Song(1) - BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm - 10.00pm
Ray Davies of the Kinks gives a great insight into the art of his songwriting in a very special concert recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London.

The Otis Redding Story - BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm - 10.30pm
Stuart Marconie continues a tribute to singer/songwriter Otis Redding, whose unpolished and achingly expressive vocals exemplify the kind of unaffected soul singing no longer heard in mainstream popular music. This instalment looks at Redding's string of early-to-mid 60's hits that advanced the Memphis-based Stax/Volt sound.

Thursday 7th September

TV

Dracula - Prince of Darkness (1966) - ITV 4. 10.00pm - 11.55pm
Hammer Horror starring Christopher Lee.

Japanorama - BBC 3. 11.00pm - 11.30pm
Jonathan Ross returns with more insights into Japanese culture, tonight explaining the nuances of "Kakkoli" - Japanese cool.

Radio

Front Row - BBC Radio 4. 7.15pm - 7.45pm
The actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg talks to Kirsty Lang in the arts magazine.

Paul Jones - BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm - 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. This weeks guest is Marcia Ball.

BBC  Radio 6 Plays it Again: Ray Davies - Sold on Song (2) - BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm - 10.00pm
Ray Davies of the Kinks gives a great insight into the art of his songwriting in a very special concert recorded at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in London.

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