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Cool Retro TV W/C 3rd November

Stylecoucil_1 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 3rd November to Thursday 9th November.

Highlight of the Week

Paul Weller night. BBC 2 Sunday 5th November. 9pm – 10pm, 11.40pm – 12.25am
A new, hour long biography of the mo, the modfa, the moddfffaa – that bloke from Woking, followed by his recent Electric Proms performance (See listing for full details)

Friday 3rd November


Soul Deep: the Story of Black Popular Music – UKTV History. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An insight into how James Brown instigated a funk revolution in 1965.

The Allen Toussaint Touch – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm (Repeated 12.25am)
Profile of the influential musician and producer, who has written songs for artists ranging from Lee Dorsey to Robert Palmer.

Film: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.25pm
Agent 007 goes to Las Vegas to investigate the disapperance of diamonds in transit and discovers the involvement of his archenemy, Blofeld.

James Brown – BBC Electric Proms – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The legendary singer performs jazz standards and soul classics at the Roundhouse in London.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.35pm – 11.40pm
Another double bill of the classic series. In the first, a gossip columnist is murdered. In the second, a father buys his son a turtle.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.25am
A London hotel conceals a sinister secret.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am
New series with Amy Winehouse among the guests.


What the World Needs Now: the Burt Bacharach Story (2/4) – 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 story continues with a look at Bacharach’s early songwriting achievements and his pairing with lyricist Hal David.

Alfie (6/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Nick Moran reads a version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play. Alfie arranges for Lily to have an abortion – and buys a bunch of roses for Ruby.

Saturday 4th November


Film:Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.25pm
Agent 007 goes to Las Vegas to investigate the disapperance of diamonds in transit and discovers the involvement of his archenemy, Blofeld.   

TOTP2 – (5/12) – BBC 2. 6.40pm – 7.15pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults including Madness and the Charlatans.

The Allen Toussaint Touch – BBC 4. 12.40am – 1.40am (Sun am)
Profile of the influential musician and producer, who has written songs for artists ranging from Lee Dorsey to Robert Palmer.

Corinne Bailey Rae – Channel 4. 1.15am – 1.35am (Sun am)
The soulful singer/songwriter discusses her influences.


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.

The Who – BBC Electric Proms – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
37 years after their seismically successful rock opera Tommy, the Who premiere music from their new mini-opera, Wire and Glass. The performance was recorded on 29 October as the closing event of Radio 2’s five-day live-music festival held at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden Town. Wire and Glass appears on the band’s upcoming album and, until last week, had never been performed live.   

Sunday 5th November


Paul Weller: into Tomorrow – BBC 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The Lennon and McCartney of the Grange Hill age was how music icon Paul Weller was once discribed. This intimate biography, told by Weller and those who know him, features rare and previously unseen phots and archive footage. It charts his upbringing in Woking, his early years with the Jam, the creation of the Style Council, his insecurity, his return to popularity in the early 1990s, and his view on where he finds himself now. Contributors include Weller’s parents, Bruce Foxton, Boy George, Mick Talbot, Steve White, ex-wife Dee C Lee and Noel Gallagher.

The Clash: Westway to the World – ITV 4. 10.55pm – 12.15am
The punk rockers re-unite to tell their story using unseen footage.

Paul Weller at the Electric Proms – BBC 2. 11.40pm – 12.25am
Weller delivers a stunning tour through a 30-year career, in this concert from Camden’s renovated Roundhouse on the opening night of the Electric Proms. The set encompasses songs from his ground-breaking band the Jam, from 1980s socialist soul outfit the Style Council and his profilic solo career.

The Album Chart Show – Channel 4. 1.30am – 2.00am (Mon am)
Includes a performance from Amy Winehouse.

Monday 6th November


Real Crime: Starring John Bindon – ITV 1.11.00pm – 12.00am
The mercurial hard man was offered a leading role in Ken Loach’s seminal 1967 drama Poor Cow after the director had talent-spotted him in a pub. But while Bindon wallowed in a showbiz lifestyle, he refused to sever his ties with the underworld. Archive news footage, film clips and celebrity testimony chronicle the relationship between Bindon, the Kray brothers and his many friends in high places.

Film: Alfie (1966) – BBC 1. 11.45pm – 1.40am
Wry comedy drama starring Michael Caine. Life is sweet for Alfie as he moves from one conquest to the next. Will he ever change?

Tuesday 6th November


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Paul Foster is accused of espionage.

Film: Quadrophenia (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 12.20am
"We are the Mods, we are the Mods….etc etc."    


Martin Freeman’s the Great Unknown (6/6) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
This weeks overview is of the Band. Another unknown gem there Martin. Next week, Queen.

Wednesday 7th November


The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Templar takes on a royal gambler.


Tears of a Clown – the Smokey Robinson Story (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Lulu concludes a profile of the soul tenor and songwriter with a look at his contributions as a live performer, both as lead singer of the Miracles and as a solo performer.

Thursday 9th November


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Richard and Sharron take on bodyguard duties.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
A report on the first showing of Top of the Pops, broadcast in 1964.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Steed and Emma encounter an African cult.


Red Wedge: the Thin End – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
John O’Farrell relives the days of Red Wedge – the coalition of rock musicians and other artists that campaigned for a Labour victory in the 1997 general election. Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, the Communards, Tom Robinson and Madness were among those who joined forces to encourage young people into the voting booths.

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