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Cool Retro TV W/C 24th November

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 24th November to Thursday 30th November.

Keithmoon Highlights of the Week

Documentary: Living Famously: Keith Moon. Friday 24th November BBC 2, 12.45am (Sat am)
Absorbing profile of the Who’s legendary drummer Keith Moon, who lived the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle to the extreme – and ended up paying the price for his excesses. Among those interviewed are his one-time therapist George Patterson and his PA Dougal Butler, who admits he was "more of a male nurse" to Moon the Loon.

Music: BBC 1 Sessions: the Who. Sunday 26th November BBC 1, 10.55pm
A fitting finale to the BBC’s Electric Proms with Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and co returning to London’s recently reopened Roundhouse for a set that mixes classics such as My Generation and Pinball Wizard with tracks from new mini-opera Wire and Glass.

Film: Cathy Come Home (1966). Sunday 26th November BBC 4, 11.00pm
Harrowing iconic drama which directly inspired the founding of housing charity Shelter, following the plight of a homeless couple and their children. Starring Carol White and Ray Brooks and directed by Ken Loach.

Friday 24th November


Rock Goes to College: the Police – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A 1979 gig at Hatfield Polytechnic.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Sinister events occur at a golf course.

Film: Casino Royale (1967) – ITV 4. 11.35pm – 2.05am
Swinging 60s James Bond spoof, starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress and Woody Allen.

Living Famously: Keith Moon – BBC 2. 12.45am – 1.45am (Sat am)
(See Highlights).

Saturday 25th November


Film: Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978) -Channel 4. 4.00pm – 5.55pm
Knockabout comedy starring Peter Sellers. A drug dealer plots to have inspector Clouseau murdered. However, things do not go according to plan, and while everybody believes the bungling detective to be dead, a disguised Clouseau seeks to put things right – which means they go very wrong indeed. The funniest film in the series.

How Music Works – Rhythm (2/4) Channel 4. 6.20pm – 7.20pm
Second part of this rather dry Howard Goodall lecture series, might be worth a quick look, apparently he explains the glories of Stevie Wonder.

TOTP2 – (9/12) – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults.

Sinatra: Dark Star – UKTV History. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Second part of this documentary examining Frank Sinatra’s alleged dealings with Mafia leaders.

Parkinson – ITV 1. 10.50pm – 11.50pm
Tonights guests include Noel Gallagher and Rod Stewart – both flogging their Christmas albums. Wonder how many times Noel says "I love this man" about Rod before telling us an obviously untrue anecdote about buying Faces records when he was 3?

Oasis: Lock the Box – ITV 2. 11.50pm – 12.50am
The band discuss their greatest hits album.

Film: Carry On Behind (1975) – BBC 2. 12.30am – 2.00am
Bawdy comedy about the joys of caravan holidays, starring Elke Sommer, Kenneth Williams and Joan Sims.

Film: Two Lane Blacktop (1971) – Film4. 12.55am – 3.30am
Cult 70s road movie in which two drifters – played by musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor – cruise America in a souped-up 1955 Chevrolet. 


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 26th November


Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
The members of Fenn Street School decamp to the country in this film version of the ITV sitcom.

BBC 1 Sessions: the Who – BBC 1. 10.55pm – 11.45pm
(See Highlights).

Film: Cathy Come Home (1966) – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 12.20am
(See Highlights).

Film: Gangster No 1 (2000) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.00am
Impressive British thriller about the rise of a crime lord. Starring Paul Betthany in a very cool Oswald Boatang suit.

Monday 27th November


Sounds of the 70s – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
More hits from the decade that taste forgot.

Film: The Parallax View (1974) – ITV 4. 11.50pm – 2.00am
Conspiracy thriller starring Warren Beatty and Paula Prentiss. A journalist discovers that a sinister organisation is behind a series of assassinations. 

Tuesday 28th November


Cathy Comes Home – BBC Radio 4. 11.30am – 12.00pm
Ian Smith assesses the significance of the 1966 BBC1 docudrama Cathy Come Home, which featured a young homeless couple caught in a poverty trap.

Wednesday 29th November


The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
An engineer tries to immortalise people.

Film: Two Lane Blacktop (1971) – Film4. 1.50am – 4.00am
Cult 70s road movie in which two drifters – played by musicians Dennis Wilson and James Taylor – cruise America in a souped-up 1955 Chevrolet. 


Peace, Love and Soul – 35 Years of Soul Train – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Trevor Nelson celebrates the 35th anniversary of Soul Train, the hugely successful American black music TV show that debuted in 1970 on a Chicago station before going nationwide in syndication the following year. Created by Don Cornelius during the "black power" era, Soul Train showcased the latest black sounds, fashion and dance, with occasional appearances by white acts such as David Bowie and Elton John. Tonight’s Soul Train spectacular includes input from Earth, Wind and Fire, Teena Marie and Sam Moore.

You Send Me – the Sam Cooke Story (3/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Paul Gambaccini recalls the life and music of soul giant Sam Cooke. This edition looks at Cooke’s complete control of the recording studio, his England tour, and his live performances, which he adapted for both white and black audiences.

Thursday 30th November


Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – More4. 4.10pm – 6.05pm
Stylish crime caper starring Steve McQueen and Fay Dunaway.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Sharon investigates the mysterious death of a scientist.

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

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Jeff is confined to bed.

Film: Please Sir! (1971) – Film4. 7.05pm – 9.00pm
The members of Fenn Street School decamp to the country in this film version of the ITV sitcom.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The team investigates a dance academy.


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