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Cool Retro TV W/C 1st December 2006

SidandnancyBarry 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 1st December to Thursday 7th December.

Highlight of the Week

Punk Night. ITV 4. Sunday 3rd December 9.00pm – 3.15am
The only highlight on an otherwise quiet week, ITV 4 have themed their Sunday night programming to punk, starting with a 2 hour documentary This is Punk. Presented by Alex Cox, it should be worth  watching, although details for it are scant in the listings. This is then followed by the movies Sid and Nancy (1986) and Jubilee (1978).

Friday 1st December


Film: The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – More4. 1.25pm – 3.20pm
Stylish crime caper starring Steve McQueen and Fay Dunaway.

Film: Billion Dollar Brain (1967) – BBC 2. 1.30pm – 3.15pm
Spy thriller, based on the novel by Len Deighton, starring Michael Caine. Harry Palmer, now retired from the Secret Service, accepts a private mission to take a mysterious package to Finland.

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Episode one of the original 1966 series. The team attempt to prevent a wealthy prince’s plans to start a war by infiltrating his casino. Starring Martin Landau.

Sight and Sound in Concert: UB40 – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A 1983 performance at the Regal Theatre, Hitchin.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The team investigates a dance academy.


Jazz Legends: Alice Coltrane – BBC Radio 3. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Julian Joseph celebrates the life and music of Alice Coltrane, the Detroit-born pianist married to John Coltrane.

Saturday 2nd December


TOTP2 – (10/12) – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults including the Four Tops.


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Sandie Shaw 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 including a session from the James Taylor Quartet.

England’s Still Dreaming – 30 Years of Punk (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Steve Lamacq kicks off a two-part tribute to punk with the story of 1976, when waves of cultural and political anger and frustration found a certain expression in a spiky, antagonistic and energised sound. Recalling punk’s glory days are Malcolm McLaren, John Lydon, Mick Jones, Hugh Cornwall, TV Smith and Buzzcocks founders Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley.

Sunday 3rd December


The Story of Punk – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Documentary presented by Alex Cox, tracing the story behind the outrageous musical movement, featuring interviews and archive footage of bands including the Sex Pistols in concert.

Film: Sid and Nancy (1986) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.10am
Biopic starring Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious.

Film: Jubilee (1978) – ITV 4. 1.10am – 3.15am (Mon am)
Derek Jarman’s rough-edged punk satire.

Monday 4th December


Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Sandie Shaw, Dusty Springfield and Lulu feature.

Oasis: Lock the Box – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Liam and Noel discuss the band’s career. 

Tuesday 5th December


The Cult of … Survivors – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The history of the sci-fi drama Survivors, looking at how the concept of self-sufficiency featured in the series was influenced by the strikes and shortages of the 1970s.

Wednesday 6th December


Soul Solutions – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mica Paris returns with a new series of vintage and contemporary soul, including cuts from Curtis Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and the Isley Brothers as well as a chat with guest John Legend and a live performance from Amp Fiddler.

You Send Me – the Sam Cooke Story (4/4) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Paul Gambaccini concludes the story of the life and music of soul giant Sam Cooke with a look at his mysterious death, aged 33, from a gunshot wound in 1964, his role in the civil-rights movement and his distinguished legacy.

Thursday 7th December


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Interpol is hit by a wave of suicides.

Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
Tom Jones, the Moody Blues and the Kinks feature.

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Jean experiences some strange phenomena.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The duo investigate a mysterious death.

The Cult of … Survivors – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The history of the sci-fi drama Survivors, looking at how the concept of self-sufficiency featured in the series was influenced by the strikes and shortages of the 1970s.

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