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Cool Retro TV W/C 15th December 2006

Standells 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 15th December to Thursday 21st December.

Highlight of the Week: The Munsters – Far Out Munsters – Thursday 21st December. BBC 2. 12.50pm – 1.15pm
Set the video/SkyPlus/whatever, it’s the classic episode in which raucous rock ‘n’ rollers the Standells attempt to rent the Munsters’ house. The group perform I Want To Hold Your Hand and Do the Ringo.

Friday 15th December

TV

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Series one. Dan launches a personal mission to rescue a friend’s daughter.

Julie London – the Lady’s Not a Vamp – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Profile of the singer and actress whose career peaked in the 1950s. Her sensual voice graced 30 hit albums and her version of Cry Me a River still remains popular.

In Concert: Siouxsie and the Banshees – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
A vintage performance at Warwick University.

Film: The Long Good Friday (1979) – More4. 10.00pm – 12.10am
Explosively violent thriller starring Bob Hoskins, about an East End gangster who seeks revenge after a rival ruins a property deal.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.55pm – 12.00am
Double bill of the classic series. In the first, a retired thief breaks into a new safe. In the second, two women strike up a friendship, but is one of them for real? 

The Avengers – A Touch of Brimstone. BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
The decadent Hellfire club is investigated. The infamous episode where Mrs Peel dons her Queen of Sin outfit.

Saturday 16th December

TV

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The IMF infiltrate a replica of an American town.
 
TOTP2 –  BBC 2. 8.35pm – 9.00pm
More archive sounds from the TOTP vaults.

BBC Electric Proms – the highlights – BBC 2. 11.40pm – 1.10pm
Compilation of performances from the event, including the Who, Kasabian and James Brown.

Noel Gallagher: Sitting Here in Silence – Channel 4. 11.45pm – 12.50am
The Oasis star and his bandmate Gem Archer give a one-off special semi-accoustic performance recorded last month as part of a season of gigs taking place at London’s Union Chapel.

The Album Chart Show – the Charlatans Special – Channel 4. 1.20am – 1.50am (Sun am)
Indie survivors the Charlatans perform a selection of their greatest hits and chat about the highs and lows of their eventful and long-lasting career.

Radio

Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Joe Brown 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 17th December

TV

Mission: Impossible – ITV 4. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
A Prince plans to start a war.

Film:Carry On Dick (1974) – Film4. 7.20pm – 9.00pm
A rather tired entry (oo-er) in the Carry On series, this one featuring the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.       

Julie London – the Lady’s Not a Vamp – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Profile of the singer and actress whose career peaked in the 1950s. Her sensual voice graced 30 hit albums and her version of Cry Me a River still remains popular.

Film:Saint Joan (1957) – BBC 4. 10.10pm – 11.55pm
Historical drama starring the iconic Jean Seberg in her first film role. In 15th century France, a young farm girl has a vision that tells her to lead an army to drive out the English forces and crown the dauphin king.         

Film: A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Film4. 11.05pm – 1.40am
Stanley Kubrick’s notorious futuristic drama about a rampaging gang of violent "droogs" still has the power to shock.

Monday 18th December

TV

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team oversee an election.

Radio

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s –  BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Radio 2’s resident rock ‘n’ roll enthusiast Mark Lamarr returns with more psychedelia, soul, R&B and garage. 

Tuesday 19th December

TV

Mission: Impossible – Five Us. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team is blackmailed.

The Cult of … Tripods – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
The history of sci-fi drama Tripods which, despite being adapted from a trilogy of novels written by John Christopher, only covered two-thirds of the story.

Originals: the Allen Toussaint Touch – BBC 4. 11.10pm – 12.10am
Profile of the influential musician and producer, who has written songs for artists including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, the Showmen and Soloman Burke.

Radio

Higher and Higher – the Life and Soul of Jackie Wilson (2/4) – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
Paul Gambaccini recalls the career of R&B/soul/pop sensation Jackie Wilson. This edition recalls his recovery from a shooting incident in 1961, his love life, the start of his financial troubles, and racial discrimination.
 
Wednesday 20th December

TV

Film: The Destructors (1968) – More4. 4.25pm – 6.05pm
Agents employed by Red China plot to steal a new American laser weapon powered by rubies. Enter Richard Egan as the counter-espionage agent who stands between the West and commies bent on global domination. A strictly comic-book adventure, dashed out to capitalise on The Man From Uncle, Bond, etc.   

Mission: Impossible – Five Us. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The boys try to recover chemical warfare plans.

The 60s: the Beatles Decade – UKTV History. 5.00pm – 10.00pm
All 5 episodes, shown back to back, of UKTV’s recent documentary series, utilising mostly Rank news footage, exploring the social changes of swinging Britain during the 60s.

The Saint – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
A Russian physicist wants to defect.

Film: Repulsion (1965) ITV 4. 1.50am – 3.50am (Thurs am)
Psychological thriller starring Catherine Deneuve. Left alone in London when her sister goes on vacation, a sexually repressed young beauty goes insane with surreal fantasies of seduction and rape.

Radio

Soul Solutions – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mica Paris show-cases vintage and contemporary soul. Joining her tonight is singer Sam Moore (of Sam and Dave fame).

Front Row – BBC Radio 4. 7.15pm – 7.45pm
John Wilson talks to Noel Gallagher about his first dreams of stardom, his song-writing and his battles with his brother Liam.

Thursday 21st December

TV

The Munsters – BBC 2. 12.50pm – 1.15pm
(See highlight).

Mission: Impossible – Five US. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
The team infiltrates a training camp in the Eastern Bloc.

The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Craig and Sharron pose as gangsters.

The Cult of … Tripods – BBC 4. 9.30pm – 10.00pm
The history of sci-fi drama Tripods which, despite being adapted from a trilogy of novels written by John Christopher, only covered two-thirds of the story.

Film: Cul-de-sac (1966) – ITV 4. 1.00am – 3.15am (Fri am)
Roman Polanski’s darkly comic thriller starring Donald Sutherland.
Radio

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