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Cool Retro TV W/C 29th 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 29th September to Thursday 5th October.

Highlight of the Week
Nothing worth highlighting this week.

Friday 29th September


Decisive Moments: the Photographs That Made History – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Landmark moments in the 1960s, including student protests at Kent State University.

Stiff & Co at the BBC (1/2) – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Archive hits from Stiff Records artists. With Elvis Costello, Dr Feelgood and Ian Dury. Continues at 11pm.

If it Ain’t Stiff… – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.30pm
Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Suggs and Shane MacGowan share memories of the maverick record label Stiff. Adrian Edmondson narrates. First shown in two parts.

Sinatra: Dark Star (2/2) – UKTV History. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Family and celebrity comtemparies talk about the singing superstar’s links with the underworld, as well as powerful political figures.

Stiff & Co at the BBC (2/2) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.00am
With archive performances from the Pogues, Ian Dury and Madness.

Mose Allison: Ever Since I Stole the Blues – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35pm
Van Morrison and Pete Townshend pay tribute to the 78-year-old from Mississippi known as the "jazz sage".

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 11.35pm – 12.05am
A killer accepts his victim’s hospitality.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (4/6) – BBC 3. 11.35pm – 12.00am
Bizarre Japanese humour, from comedy extremists to rib-tickling robots.

Lene Lovich: Rock Goes to College – BBC 4. 12 midnight – 12.50am
Lene Lovich, the part English, part Yugoslavian star of the Stiff label brings her proto-goth new-wave pop to Liverpool University in a performance from 1980. 


Stop the World – it’s Anthony Newley (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Jonathan Ross concludes his profile of the singer-turned-film -producer, focusing on the Las Vegas years when he was feted by the likes of Sammy Davis Jr, Liza Minnelli and Tony Bennett before returning to Britain and vertual anonymity in the 1990s. A special edition of Friday Night Is Music Night follows with a tribute concert.
The Funk & Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 7.00pm – 10.00pm
3 hours of the best funk, soul and blues. Essential.

Alfie (1/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Another chance to hear an abridged version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play about a sexually driven Londoner, read by Nick Moran.

Saturday 30th September


How to Steal a Million (1966) – BBC 2. 3.40pm – 5.40pm
Manic Swinging Sixties crime comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. A wealthy forger gives an imitation work of art to a Paris museum for exhibition. But his daughter is concerned that it will quickly be recognised as a fake.

TOTP2 – (1/12) BBC 2. 8.20pm – 9.10pm
News series. Double length episode to mark the shows return, featuring the Beach Boys, the Skids and George Harrison amongst others.

100 Greatest No 1s – E4. 9.00pm – 1.15am
Repeat for another of those all-night Channel 4 countdowns, featuring the British Public’s favourite hit singles.   


Sounds of the 60’s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Johnnie Walker stands in for Brian Matthew. Two hours of hits, B-sides and album tracks.

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

Sunday 1st October


The Krays (1990) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.30am
Visceral crime drama portraying the life of the imfamous twins, starring Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp.

If It Ain’t Stiff… – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 1.00am
Elvis Costello, Suggs and Shane MacGowan recall their part in the maverick record label Stiff. Adrian Edmondson narrates.

Monday 2nd October

Nothing to recommend.

Tuesday 3rd October


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The moonbase radio and video links mysteriously fail.

The Third Programme – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.00am
High Culture for All in Postwar Brtain – Peter Ustinov, Richard Baker, Alan Sillitoe and George Steiner contribute to Time Shift’s look at the BBC’s Third Programme, designed to promote high culture, but which struggled to keep pace with the times.

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace (1/6) – Channel 4. 12.10am – 12.40am (Weds am)
Welcome repeat showing of the tongue-in-cheek supernatual medical drama. Dr Liz Asher gets a dire warning from a psychic cat.


Affectionately, Dudley – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Alan Bennett reflects on the life of his Beyond the Fringe comrade Dudley Moore, based on a collection of letters that Moore wrote over 15 years to Peter Cork, his old music teacher at Dagenham High School, covering the period from Moore’s move to Hollywood in 1980 until the onset of the rare neurological disease supranuclear palsy. With Moore’s bigrapher and musical partner Rena Fruchter, who supported him through the last years of his life, and some of Moore’s music and performances. The reader is Ron Cook.

Martin Freeman’s the Great Unknown (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Comic actor Martin Freeman celebrates six music acts and artists that he feels are "overlooked and underrated", and draws particular attention to their rarely played album tracks. He begins the series with a look at revered gospel, soul and R & B family act the Staple Singers.

Wednesday 4th October


The African Rock ‘n’ Roll Years (1/6) – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The story of West African music, and it’s links with blues and reggae.

The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Mysterious goings-on in Wales.

Sid and Nancy (1986) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.20am
Biographical drama of the late Sid Vicious starring Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb.


Supreme Girl Power (2/3) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Angie Stone celebrates the Supremes, the Motown hits trio that dominated the American pop charts like no other native act during the 1960s. This edition looks at the perfecting of their now-iconic, kitschily glamorous style and the seamless run of hits composed by the team of Holland/Dozier/Holland, including every single from Where Did Our Love Go (1964) to Forever Came Today (1968). With input from Mary Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, designer Bob Mackie and former Supereme Cindy Birdsong. 

Thursday 5th October


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Three agents of Nemesis are granted miraculous powers by a mysterious stranger after they crash-land in Tibet.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Fab sounds from the archives.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
It’s horticultural hell for Steed and Mrs Peel.

Jonathan Ross’s Japanorama (5/6) – BBC 3. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
How the Samurai spirit has influenced sumo beetles and high-kicking schoolgirls.


Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. This weeks guest is Walter Trout.