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Retro TV W/C 20th July 2007

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 20th July to Thursday 26th July.

Highlights of the week


A few bits’n’pieces to highlight on the telly this week. Soul Britannia begins a terrestrial repeat starting on BBC 2 on Friday 20th, continuing Tuesday 24th. If you haven’t already seen this series, it is well worth a look, particularly the first episode. BBC 4 devote Wednesday 25th to an evening of programming to the late George Melly, including Smokey Dives, a look at the postwar rise of Jazz in Britain. The highlight however, must go to a rare screening of a 1969 Hollies concert (see below).

In Concert: the Hollies.Thursday 26th July. BBC 4. 7.30pm

Performance from the group from 1969, recorded in Golders Green.


The Thing about Syd. Saturday 21st July. BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm

Mark Radcliffe pays tribute to experiential, influential and troubled singer and songwriter Syd Barrett, who spearheaded Pink Floyd’s drugs-inspired psychedelic period of the late 60s, epitomised by the 1967 classics Arnold Layne and See Emily Play. Barratt, who died a year ago, aged 60, suffered mental illness and opted out of the music scene in the early 70s.  Featuring input from original Floyd members Rick Wright and Nick Mason, and David Gilmour, who replaced Barrett in 1968. Plus manager Peter Jenner and Barrett’s sister Rosemary.

Friday 20th July


Film: Blindfold (1966) – Five. 1.35pm – 3.30pm
Offbeat comedy mystery starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale. When a fashionable New York psychiatrist is approached on a matter of national security, is he being told the truth or having the wool pulled over his eyes? And what part does the glamorous dancer Vicky play in anyone’s plans?

Planet of the Apes – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The three fugitives attempt to remove a corrupt official from office – at the risk of bumping into Urko.

Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain (1/5) – BBC 4. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Repeat of this excellent recent series, charting some of the global events that have shaped British society since the end of the Second World War.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

The duo investigate an international protection racket.

BBC 4 Sessions: Nick Lowe – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11.30pm

Singer/songwriter Nick Lowe performs an intimate acoustic set at LSO St Luke’s, London.

The Avengers -BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am

Steed and Mrs Peel track down a glowing man responsible for a string of grisly murders.

Soul Britannia (1/3) – BBC 2. 11.35pm – 12.35am

Welcome terrestrial showing of this 3 part series.The dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean influences on British music and society, from the straight-laced 1950s to the multicultural sounds of today. Contributors include Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Paul Weller. The second part follows on Tuesday.

Saturday 21st July


The Culture Show Film Special – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.15pm
Mark Kermode and Lauren Laverne present a celebration of movie locations across Britain including Edward Woodward revisiting the creepy landscape of cult horror classic The Wicker Man.

TOTP Goes Disco! – BBC 2. 8.15pm – 9.45pm

A trawl through the disco archives.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 10.45pm – 12.55am

Biographical drama of playwright Joe Orton starring Gary Oldman. Told in flashback from his days as a playwright, this deals with his volatile relationship with Kenneth Halliwell.

BBC 4 Sessions: Nick Lowe – BBC 4. 12 midnight – 1.00am
Singer/songwriter Nick Lowe performs an intimate acoustic set at LSO St Luke’s, London.


Sounds of the 60s – BBC Radio 2. 8.00am – 10.00am
Brian Matthew spins two hours of hits, B -sides and album tracks.

California Dreaming (1/2) – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am

Laurel Canyon – Sun, sand, surfing: the components that made up the flavour of the West Coast music scene that flourished in the 1960s and 70s. Controller of Radio 1 Andy Parfitt travels to Laurel Canyon, the spiritual home of the 60s LA folk scene, to see how this rustic, hippy idyll gave birth to songwriters like Joni Mitchell and David Crosby.

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

The Thing about Syd – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

(See Highlights).

Sunday 22nd July


The Unforgettable … Joan Sims – ITV 1. 4.30pm – 5.00pm
The longest-serving female in the Carry On crew.

Best of Talk – ITV 3. 8.00pm – 9.00pm

Highlights of Russell Harty’s chat show career, featuring interviews with the Who, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Elton John.

Monday 23rd July


The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

CI5 investigate a Euro consortium which is building a lethal fighter plane.       

Life on Mars – (6/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Sam becomes convinced that doctors are preparing to switch off his life support system in 2006.

The Cult of … Star Cops – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm

Devoted fans talk about the show, which was broadcast in the 1980s. The series combined the genres of police and sci-fi drama to create the story of a International Space Police Force.

Tuesday 24th July


Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jean enlists the help of spiritualists when she experiences strange happenings at her flat.

James May’s 20th Century – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 8.30pm

Inventing the Teenager – Every chance May will be wobbling about on a Lambretta tonight, claiming to have been a mod in his youth.

The Professionals – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm

Bodie and Doyle become bodyguards to a Middle Eastern leader who is to sign an important treaty.

Life on Mars – (7/8) – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Sam investigates when a drug dealer dies in police custody.

Cape Wrath (3/7) – Channel 4. 10.00pm – 11.05am

Wintergill holds Danny in a cell and lays out the evidence against him, prompting a psychological battle between the two men. There’s a big shock in store for Evelyn. If you haven’t already caught this darkly comic drama nows the time to start. 

Soul Britannia (2/3) – Soul Rebels. – BBC 2. 11.20pm – 12.20am

The history of British soul music from the late 1960s when ska, rocksteady and reggae became popular, to the early 1980s when hip-hop changed the genre’s sound for ever. Contributors include Paul Weller and Jazzie B.


Only a Northern Song – BBC Radio 2. 10.30pm – 11.30pm
Paul Sexton tells the rather sad tale of Northern Songs, the publishing company set up in 1963 by Dick James and Beatles manager Brian Epstein to publish the songs of Lennon and McCartney. In 1969 ATV bought the goldmine songbook, but without the knowledge of the songwriters. Wealthy entertainer Michael Jackson then purchased the package in the mid-80s. The programme gets the story from songwriters Tony Hatch and Graham Gouldman, lawyer Michael Eaton, author Brian Southall and Paul Russell, who worked with Jackson when he bought the catalogue.

Beverley’s Gospel Nights (1/6) – BBC Radio 2. 11.30pm – 12.30am

New series with guest Mavis Staples.

Wednesday 25th July


Film: Confessions of the D.A. Man (1971) – Five. 1.35pm – 3.35pm

TV movie crime drama starring Robert Conrad as a district attorney struggling to prosecute a dangerous campus radical. Might be worth a watch if you’re having a skive.

The Simpsons: a Culture Show Special – BBC 2. 7.30pm – 8.00pm

Lauren Laverne presents a celebration of all things Springfield as the Simpsons celebrate their 20th anniversary. Looking back over the show’s success it features contributions from creator Matt Groening plus stars of one-off episodes Ricky Gervais, Stephen Hawking and Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding. 

Smokey Dives – BBC 4. 10.30pm – 11
The first of three programmes showing in tribute to George Melly looks at the postwar rise of Jazz in Britain.

Film: Prick Up Your Ears (1987) – Film4. 11.00pm – 1.10am

Biographical drama of playwright Joe Orton starring Gary Oldman. Told in flashback from his days as a playwright, this deals with his volatile relationship with Kenneth Halliwell.

George Melly and the Feetwarmers at Brecon Jazz – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 11.45pm

A live performance.

Arena: Art and Design – the Journey – BBC 4. 11.45pm – 12.15am

George Melly’s visit to the Hayward Gallery’s exhibition of surrealist art in 1978.


The Singer Not the Song – The Blues – BBC Radio 4. 3.45pm – 4.00pm
The blues singer has to be the master of the quick emotional change, possess a voice that can knock down houses, and unless they have a story to tell, they won’t have much of a future. The blues grew from the experiences of the African-American, but does the blues singer have to be poor and black?

Mark Lamarr’s Alternative 60s (3/10) – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 11.00pm

Mark Lamarr returns with another series showcasing obscure 1960s recordings from rock, pop, and psych to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Thursday 26th July


The Champions – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Richard and Sharron take on bodyguard duties for a foreign leader during a submarine trip.

In Concert: the Hollies – BBC 4. 7.30pm – 8.10pm

(See highlights).

The Avengers – BBC 4. 8.10pm – 9.00pm

What could be happening when Steed marries Mrs Peel – and becomes a father into the bargain?

Film: Clockwork Orange (1971) – Film4. 10.50pm – 1.25am

Stanley Kubrick’s controversial futuristic vision starring Malcolm McDowell.


Rockin’ with Suzi Q – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Tonight, a showcase of independent record label Red Bird, featuring studio recordings by the Dixie Cups, the Butterflys and the Shangri-Las.

Marc Riley’s Musical Time Machine – BBC Radio 2. 11.00pm – 11.30pm

Mark Riley unlocks the vault of the BBC archives to revisit rock interviews in music history. Tonights show includes Elizabeth Francis’s 1968 interview with Nina Simone, who discusses her early experiences of being a black performer, the late Martin Luther King and her reputation as a scary person.