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Cool Retro TV W/C 27th October

Clinton 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 27th October to Thursday 2nd November.

Highlight of the Week

George Clinton – Tales of Dr. Funkenstein Friday 27th October BBC 4. 9.00pm (Repeated Sat 11.20pm)
While talking to Don Letts, the far-out godfather of funk recalls Parliament, Funkadelic and his collaborations with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.

Friday 27th October

TV

George Clinton – Tales of Dr. Funkenstein -BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
See Highlight.

Film:Thunderball (1965) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.35am
When SPECTRE steals two nuclear bombs for a massive extortion scheme, agent 007 is sent in to find them before they can be used.   

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross – BBC 1. 10.35pm – 11.35pm
Tonights guests include soul legend Smokey Robinson.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.35pm – 11.40pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a man takes premature revenge. In the second, an eye transplant has unexpected results.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
A " Fertiliser fiend" threatens the countryside.

Radio

What the World Needs Now: the Burt Bacharach Story (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Paul Sexton profiles prolific songwriter Burt Bacharach, who, with lyricist Hal David, stylised the musical landscape of the 60s with his heart-wrenching, often cool and elegant songs. The series features new interviews with both Bacharach and David, and input from A & M co-founder Jerry Moss, Richard Carpenter, Noel Gallagher, Tim Rice and others.

Alfie (5/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Nick Moran reads a version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play. Alfie’s friends warn him that he’s becoming too much of a ponce.

John Peel’s Perfumed Garden –  BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Peel’s last Radio London broadcast from 1967.

Saturday 28th October

TV

Film: Thunderball (1965) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.30pm
When SPECTRE steals two nuclear bombs for a massive extortion scheme, agent 007 is sent in to find them before they can be used.   

TOTP2 – (4/12) BBC 2. 8.45pm – 9.10pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults including the Jam and rare footage from Sparks.

Parkinson – ITV 1. 10.15pm – 11.15pm
The Who perform in the studio.

George Clinton – Tales of Dr. Funkenstein – BBC 4. 11.20pm – 12.20am
While talking to Don Letts, the far-out godfather of funk recalls Parliament, Funkadelic and his collaborations with Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg.

James Brown – BBC Electric Proms – BBC 4. 12.20am – 1.20am (Sun am)
The Godfather of Soul filmed live as part of the beeb’s recent proms concerts.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – 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 and Soul Show with Eddie Piller – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues, including tracks from James Brown’s performance at the BBC’s Electric Proms.

James Brown – BBC Electric Proms – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Radio 2’s five-day live-music festival from Camden Town continues with a special appearance by the veteran R&B/soul/funk giant.

Sunday 29th October

TV

Film: The Kids Are Alright (1978) – ITV 4. 8.00pm – 10.20pm
The classic rock documentary about the mighty Who gets another airing tonight.   

The Who – Live in Boston – ITV 4. 12.00am – 1.05am (Mon am)
Live footage of the band from 2002.

Monday 30th October

TV

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The first night of a week of repeats of this excellent documentary series starts with the birth of the genre through the pioneering sounds of Ray Charles. If you haven’t managed to catch previous showings of this, set the video/DVD, as it’s unlikely to ever be released commercially due to the many licensing issues involved.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
Among the specialist subjects tonight is the life and music of Stevie Wonder.

Radio

John Peel’s Perfumed Garden – BBC Radio 6. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Peel’s last Radio London broadcast from 1967.   

Tuesday 31st October

TV

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Sam Cooke’s transition from gospel singer to soul superstar.

Film: The Horror of Frankenstein (1970) – ITV 4. 11.50pm – 1.45am
Inferior Hammer movie starring Ralph Bates and Kate O’Mara.

Radio

Martin Freeman’s the Great Unknown (5/6) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
This weeks overview is of soul-jazz-pop vocalist and pianist Roberta Flack. Well doine Martin – another ‘find’ there. Next week – the Rolling Stones.

Wednesday 1st November

TV

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Motown’s founder Berry Gordy explains how his label reflected 1960s optimism.

Film: Dracula – Prince of Darkness (1965) – ITV 4. 11.20pm – 1.15am
Christopher Lee reprises his role as number one blood-sucker in this mid 60s Hammer title.

Radio

Tears of a Clown – the Smokey Robinson Story (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Lulu continues a profile of the soul tenor and songwriter. This chapter looks at Robinson’s role as Motown’s vice-president and his solo career.

Thursday 2nd November

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Richard infiltrates a mysterious agency in a bid to investigate the assassination of several world leaders.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Performances from yesteryear.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A London hotel conceals a sinister secret.

Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The vibrant music scene of the Deep South and the career of Otis Redding, the epitome of 1960s soul.
Radio

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues, plus a live session from Angela Brown and the Mighty 45s.