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Cool Retro TV W/C 17th November

Performance_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 17th November to Thursday 23rd November.

Highlight of the Week: Performance (1970) – Saturday 18th November BBC 2 11.50pm.
Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent. A disturbing, complex and often pretentious slice of 60s British film-making, something of a cult movie, and currently unavailable on DVD.

Friday 17th November

TV

Film: Bless This House (1972) – Channel 4. 1.50pm – 3.30pm
Comedy based on the 1970s television series, starring Sid James. The arrival of pompous new neighbour Ronald Baines spells trouble for Sid Abbot and his long-suffering wife Jean. A stellar 70s cast list includes Terry Scott, Peter Butterworth, June Whitfield, Robin Askwith, Carol Hawkins and the luvvverly Sally Geeson.

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…

Petula Clark – Blue Lady – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The talented English singer/songwriter and actress is arguably best known for her 1964 hit Downtown, but she also found fame in America on Broadway, and across the English Channel with albums recorded in French.

Sight and Sound in Concert: Procol Harem – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A 1977 performance by the 60s band.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
An imposter poses as Mrs Peel.

Radio

What the World Needs Now: the Burt Bacharach Story (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Paul Sexton concludes a profile of songwriter Burt Bacharach with a look at his output since the 1980s: his reunion with Dionne Warwick, his 1996 Royal Albert Hall appearance with Noel Gallagher, his 1998 album with Elvis Costello, and his recent work with Brian Wilson.

Saturday 18th November

TV

Film: Casino Royale (1967) – ITV 1. 12.40pm – 3.05pm
Swinging 60s James Bond spoof, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress and Woody Allen.

Film: The Return of the Pink Panther (1974) – Channel 4. 4.55pm – 7.00pm
Arguably the funniest of the series, with the bumbling Clouseau again investigating the theft of the famous "Pink Panther" diamond.

TOTP2 – (8/12) – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults.

Sinatra: Dark Star – UKTV History. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Examining Frank Sinatra’s alleged dealings with Mafia leaders.

UK Music Hall of Fame – More4. 9.10pm – 11.25pm
James Brown, Brian Wilson, Dusty Springfield, Led Zeppelin and Rod Stewart are among those inducted this year.

James Bond’s Greatest Hits – Channel 4. 9.25pm – 11.30pm
A celebration of the best theme tunes to have accompanied the James Bond films over the years to coincide with the latest release, Casino Royale.

Film: Performance (1970) – BBC 2. 11.50pm – 1.30am
The cult violent, hallucinatory drama starring James Fox, Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenburg (See highlight).

Film: George and Mildred (1980) – Channel 4. 3.35am – 5.15am (Sun am)
Saucy comedy based on the popular 1970s TV sitcom, starring Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy. The Ropers travel to an expensive London hotel to celebrate their wedding anniversary but chaos reigns when George is mistaken for a professional hitman.

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

Sunday 19th November

TV

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 8.45pm (repeated 11.30pm)
Bond is approached by a crime boss to marry his daughter and in return both father and daughter help 007 hunt for his archenemy, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. George Lazenby’s sole outing as agent 007 and one of the better Bond movies.

Petula Clark – Blue Lady – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
The talented English singer/songwriter and actress is arguably best known for her 1964 hit Downtown, but she also found fame in America on Broadway, and across the English Channel with albums recorded in French.

The South Bank Show – ITV 1. 10.45pm – 11.45pm
Artist Peter Blake, best known for creating the iconic cover of the Beatles album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, discusses his working process with Melvyn Bragg. A pioneer of pop art and an influence on British artists from David Hockney to Damien Hurst, Blake claims to have retired in the late 1960s, but continues to produce pieces in his curio-filled West London studio.

Oasis: Lord Don’t Slow me Down – Channel 4. 11.50pm – 1.10am
The Burnage bad boys filmed during their recent – and mammoth – world tour in support of their latest album Don’t Believe the Truth. Featuring on-the-road performances, band interviews and backstage footage.

Oasis: Live from Manchester – Channel 4. 1.10am – 2.40am (Mon am)
A sold out homecoming gig from last year.

Monday 20th November

TV

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

The Kneale Tapes – BBC 4. 11.35pm – 12.15am
Time Shift profiles the late TV writer Nigel Kneale, who terrified viewers with the Quatermass series. With contributions from celebrity fans.

Tuesday 21st November

TV

Film: Cactus Flower (1969) – BBC 2. 1.35pm – 3.15pm
Oscar-winning comedy starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman and Goldie Hawn. To avoid marriage, middle-aged dentist Julian Winston convinces his young girlfriend Toni, that he already has a wife. Features Hawn, looking very cute, fresh from her stint as a Laugh-In girl, and apparently has a groovy nightclub scene with Quincy Jones supplying the music. Might be worth a punt.

Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Bell-bottomed hits.

Doomwatch – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Powerful rats take a liking to humans in an episode of the cult BBC series.

The Cult of … Doomwatch – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The history of Sci-fi drama Doomwatch, which took real scientific advances and created stories that put the accent on some of their dangers. With contributions by Robert Powell and Simon Oates.

Wednesday 22nd November

TV

The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Templar investigates another murder.

Film: Gangster No 1 (2000) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.05am
Impressive British thriller about the rise of a crime lord. Starring Paul Betthany in a very cool Oswald Boatang suit.

Radio

You Send Me – the Sam Cooke Story (2/4) – 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.

Thursday 23rd November

TV

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Intruders break into Nemesis HQ.

Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More tunes from the decade.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
A welcome repeat of the original 60s series from the very first episode.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
Sinister events occur at a golf course.

The Cult of … Doomwatch – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
The history of Sci-fi drama Doomwatch, which took real scientific advances and created stories that put the accent on some of their dangers. With contributions by Robert Powell and Simon Oates.

Radio

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