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Cool Retro TV W/C 10th November

Adamant 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 10th November to Thursday 16th November.

Highlight of the Week: Adam Adamant Lives! Tuesday 14th November BBC 4, 7.10pm & 8.30.

As part of their Science Fiction Britannia series, BBC 4 looks back at this great ‘lost’ cult TV show. An Edwardian adventurer emerges from a block of ice into swinging London circa 1966 and with the help of his mini-skirted dolly-bird assistant solves crimes and rights wrongs (see listings for full details).

Friday 10th November


The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Steed and Emma encounter an African cult.

Later… with Jools Holland – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.40am
Among the guests this week is Smokey Robinson.

Ivor Cutler: Looking for Truth with a Pin – BBC 2. 12.40am – 1.40am (Sat am)
An affectionate tribute to the Scottish musician, poet, humorist and painter. An obvious candidate for Martin Freeman’s ‘uknown’ radio show.


What the World Needs Now: the Burt Bacharach Story (3/4) – 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 solo work with A&M Records in the 1970s.

Alfie (7/7) – BBC Radio 2. 9.15pm – 9.30pm
Nick Moran reads a version of Bill Naughton’s 1962 play. Alfie wants to settle down with an unwilling Ruby.

Saturday 11th November


TOTP2 – (7/12) – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults.

Bond Girls Are Forever – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Bond girls reveal what it’s like to win a role as the spy’s love interest.


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 – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
3 hours of funk, soul and blues.

Sunday 12th November


Film:Carry On Abroad (1972) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn’t been finished being built, and the weather is awful. And there is something strange about the staff. They all look very similar. To top it all off, the weather seems to be having an adverse affect on the Hotel’s foundations… 

Monday 13th November


Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Featuring glam rock, disco and punk.

Tuesday 14th November


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
An astronauts death has surprising consquences.

Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Featuring glam rock, disco and punk.

Adam Adamant Lives! – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A 1902 adventurer trapped in a block of ice is discovered alive in 1966 and plunged into an unfamiliar London. The Science Fiction Britannia strand continues with an episode of the cult 60s series.

The Cult of … Adam Adamant Lives! – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The history of cult TV shows, beginning with the drama about an Edwardian man in 60s London. Why did the lead (Gerald Harper) burst into tears on the first day of filming?

Film: Scum (1979) – ITV 4. 10.00pm – 11.50pm
Stark, bruising prison drama in which Ray Winstone makes a massive impression.


Dusty in Memphis – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
To coincide with Dusty Springfield’s induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Paul Sexton celebrates her 1968 American soul-inspired work, Dusty in Memphis.

Wednesday 15th November


The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Templar gets behind the wheel of a rally car.

John Peel’s Record Box – Channel 4. 11.35pm – 12.45am
Opening up a battered wooden box that contained the much-loved DJ’s most treasured seven-inch singles.

World’s Greatest Gigs – Channel 4. 12.45am – 1.55am (Thurs am)
Iconic moments in rock history from Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock to Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Live Aid.


You Send Me – the Sam Cooke Story (1/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Paul Gambaccini recalls the life and music of soul giant Sam Cooke, whose unmistakable vocals appealed equally to white and black audiences. The story begins with a look at Cooke’s Baptist upbringing, his early gospel singing and his 1957 secular breakthrough US number-one hit You Send Me.

Thursday 16th November


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The champions have to race against time when London is threatened with devastation by a criminal organisation who have stolen a nuclear submarine with atomic devices on board.

Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bill Withers and Aretha Franklin.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
A succession of corpses prompts Steed to investigate the affairs of two companies.

UK Music Hall of Fame – Channel 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The third annual Hall of Fame awards. Inductees include James Brown, Dusty Springfield, Brian Wilson, Rod Stewart and Led Zeppelin.

The Cult of … Adam Adamant Lives! – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The history of cult TV shows, beginning with the drama about an Edwardian man in 60s London.

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