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Cool Retro TV W/C 2nd June

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 2nd June to Thursday 8th June.

Highlights of The Week (1): The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band: 40th Anniversary Celebration. BBC 4. Friday 2nd June 10.00pm – 11.00pm 

The surrealist comedy group reunite at London’s Astoria for a reprise of their greatest hits, with the part of the late Vivian Stanshall being played by Stephen Fry, Adrain Edmundson, Phil Jupitus and Paul Merton. Followed by: Vivian Stanshall: the Canyons of His Mind, BBC 4. Friday 2nd June 11.00pm – 12.00am, profiling the English eccentric and lead singer of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Highlights of The Week (2): Fathom (1967) – More4. Thursday 8th June 4.15pm – 6.10pm

Terrific tongue-in-cheek spy spoof starring the ‘statuesque’ Raquel Welch. Bikini clad, skydiver Fathom Harvill is recruited by a top secret Western agency to retrieve a vital lost atomic device hidden in a rare chinese dragon by parachuting into a house occupied by some Chinese ‘reds’. But Fathom soon realises that nothing is as it seems. Johnny Dankworth provides the cool jazzy score. Not currently available on DVD in the UK.

Friday 2nd June


Girls and Boys – Sex and British Pop 4/4. BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
From boy bands to Britpop, a focus on the musical, social and political upheaval of the 1990s.

Bonzos night – BBC 4. 10.00pm – 12.00am
(See highlights).


The Craig Charles Funk Show – BBC Radio 6. 8.00pm – 11.00pm
The usual mix of funk, blues & soul.

The Motown Invasion (1/2) – BBC Radio 2. 2.00am – 2.30am (Sat am)
Adam White recalls Motown’s 21-day momentous tour of the UK in 1965.

Saturday 3rd June


The Culture Show – BBC 2. 8.20pm – 9.10pm (Repeated 12.30am – 1.20am Sat/Sun morning)
Paul Weller on writing the perfect pop song. Plus Patti Smith at the Charleston festival.

The Summer of Heat 1976 (2/4) – BBC 2. 9.10pm – 10.10pm
The longest, driest spell on record led to drought, water rationing and forest fires. But as the country sweltered, tensions rose. Britain would never be the same again. Includes footage from amatuer film-maker Phil Munnoch, aka Captain Zip of the early days of the London punk scene.

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

Sampledelica! The History of the Mellotron – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
Famously used on the opening of the Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever, the mellotron was championed by musicians in the psychedelic and progressive rock eras. Mark Radcliffe explores the history of the mellotron, one of the quickiest musical instruements of the 20th century and one of the first samplers. Contributer include Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Tony Banks and Justin Haywood.

The Craig Charles Funk Show – BBC Radio 6. 6.00pm – 9.00pm
More soul, funk, r&b, jazz and blues.

Between the Ears – Maysles in the Dakota – BBC Radio 3. 10.30pm – 11.00pm
Paul McCartney and Martin Scorsese follow the life and times of Albert Maysles, who with his brother David played an important role in the pop and rock documentary film-making revolution.

Sunday 4th June


Every Day’s a Holiday (1964) – BBC 2. 11.00am – 12.30pm
Musical comedy starring the late Freddy Garrity and his group Freddie and the Dreamers. The young employees of a holiday camp seek fame and fortune by entering a TV talent contest.

Monday 5th June


Who Stole the World Cup? – More4. 10.00pm – 11.05pm
The real story behind the theft and recovery of the trophy, and the claim that it was switched with a replica before the 1966 final.   

Tuesday 6th June


The Champions – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Champions come to the aid of a group of brilliant scientists who have been duped into working on a nuclear fission gun. 

The Avengers – ITV 1. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Must See TV – Joan Collins celebrates the hit 60s show, in which the surreal plots of eccentric villians were thwarted in the nick of time. With Patrick MacNee, Honor Blackman and Linda Thorson.


1966 and All That – BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm – 9.30pm
Alan Ball – youngest member of England’s World Cup – winning 1966 team – introduces what the rest of the world were doing in July 1966. Nostalgic triggers include Harold Wilson, Vietnam, Carnaby Street, Dixon of Dock Green,  Z Cars, Big L, the Light Programme, the Kinks, Dusty Springfield – and Vitalis.   

Wednesday 7th June


Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Jason pits his imagination against computerised crime – and becomes a bulgarian master crook.

The Saint – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The Saint is lured to a sinister country house.

Thursday 8th June


Fathom (1967) – More4. 4.15pm – 6.10pm
Raquel Welch’s best movie (See Highlights) 

Kenny Everett – Must See TV -ITV 1. 7.30pm – 8.00pm
Julian Clary celebrates the anarchic comedy of "cuddly" Ken and shows the uncut dance routine that incensed Mary Whitehouse. Includes contributions from Barry Cryer, Arlene Phillips and Tony Blackburn.

Anglia 66 – ITV 1. (Anglian Region only) 11.00pm – 11.30pm
Stephen Fry continues his nostalgic tour through Anglia television archives from 1966, unearthing clips featuring the food, fashions and fads of the time.


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