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Cool Retro TV W/C 16th June

Deadlierthanthemale 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 16th June to Thursday 22nd June.

Highlights of The Week

Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 16th June
The Gospel Highway (2/6) The story of black popular music continues with a profile of Sam Cooke, the crown prince of gospel who became the first superstar of soul.

Deadlier Than the Male (1966) – ITV 4. 11.00pm – 1.00am Sunday 18th June
One of a host of mid-sixties film imitators of the highly successful Bond series, British 1920s hero Bulldog Drummond was given a bond make-over, a few gadgets and a bevy of international beauties to deal with. Two sexy assassins (Elke Sommer & Sylia Koscina) work for a supercriminal (Nigel Green) who is trying to take over the oil industry. Insurance underwriter Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Richard Johnson) is sent to investigate and gets caught up in an international conspiracy. Featuring a Walker Brothers theme song, and the legend Leonard Rossiter in a supporting role.

The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – More4. 4.20pm – 6.10pm Thursday 22nd June
Classic rock’n’roll comedy. In Frank Tashlin’s clever satire on the music industry, Tom Ewell plays the theatrical agent trying to turn the fabulous Jayne Mansfield into a star. With a terrific supporting cast of musical acts including Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent and Julie London. A real treat.

Friday 16th June


Sounds of the Eighties – BBC 4. 8.30pm – 9.00pm
Flouncy haired pop merchants and indie stalwarts feature in tonights trawl through the archive. Including performances from the Teardrop Explodes, Orange Juice and the Fall.

Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
The story continues with a spotlight on Sam Cooke. (see Highlights)

Play Dirty (1969) – BBC 1. 12.20am – 2.20am (Sat AM)
Predictable wartime story, Co-written by Melvyn Bragg, about an army unit lead by Michael Caine, who attempt to blow up an enemy fuel dump.

Sun Ra: Brother From Another Planet – BBC 4. 1.00am – 2.00am (Sat AM)
Documentary on a musical original, combing rich archive of Sun Ra’s life and performances with new interviews with band members and the many artists who felt his influence.


Jazz Legends – Pharaoh Sanders – BBC Radio 3. 4.00pm – 5.00pm
Julian Joseph explores the life & works of American saxophonist and composer Pharaoh Sanders, whose collaborations included working with Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and John Coltrane.

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

Saturday 17th June


The Summer of 1997 – BBC 2. 9.10pm – 10.10pm
Pop, politics and celebrity joined forces in summer of ’97. New Labour and Tony Blair came to power after an astonishing Labour election result which ended eighteen years of Tory rule.

Carry on Ken – More4. 9.15pm – 10.20pm
A tribute to the life and work of acclaimed British film director Ken Loach who, crowned with the Cannes Palme d’Or for his latest film, celebrates his 70th birthday this year.

The History of the Curly Perm – BBC 4. 10.15pm – 10.45 pm
Historians, hairdressers and celebrity perm – owners contribute to this documentary charting the rise and fall of the permanent wave since its invention 100 years ago.

Rock Family Trees: Birmingham Beat – BBC 4. 10.45pm – 11.35pm
ELO’s Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood are among the contributors to this examination of the midlands rock scene that spawned such greats as the Move, the Moody Blues and Wizzard.


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

School of Rock – BBC Radio 4. 10.30am – 11.00am
From Glory Days to Disco. Andy Kershaw presents the history of the university as music venue.   

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

Gamble and Huff: Sold on Song – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Legendary songwriters Gamble and Huff reveal the secrets behind some of their greatest hits. To help illustrate their work, they’re joined by former lead singer of the Three Degrees, Sheila Ferguson.

Sunday 18th June


In Those Days – Community Channel (Freeview Channel 087). 6.00am – 7.00am
Revealing interviews with residents of Notting Hill from the fifties and sixties.  Covering a range of topics including the riots there, the recollections are often both surprising and poignant.

Deadlier Than the Male (1966) – ITV 4. 11.00am – 1.00am
(See Highlights)

Pulp (1972) – BBC 1. 12.20am – 1.55am (Mon AM)
Churning out pulp fiction to finance his life on the Mediterranean, Micky King is unexpectedly asked to work on a celebrity’s memoirs. But the subject is murdered and King must unearth why. Starring Michael Caine and directed by Mike Hodges.

Monday 19th June


Man in a Suitcase – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
McGill is given the task of discovering whether a girl is going mad – or someone is trying to drive her insane.

Josephine Baker: The First Black Superstar – BBC 2. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Documentary about the iconic black entertainer who was a pioneer in every sense of the word and whose impact on the cultural history of the twentieth century was profound.

The Persuaders – ITV 4. 7.00pm – 8.00pm
The playboy detectives take on another case. An old decaying mansion that belongs to Brett’s family is suddenly and secretly restored. But why and by whom?

Tuesday 20th June


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Commander Straker is convinced that space debris is being used to mask sinister alien activity.

Wednesday 21st June


Do Not Disturb (1965) – Channel 4. 1.00pm – 2.55pm
Doris Day rom-com set in mid-sixties swinging England.

Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Two crooks try to copy the crimes created by Jason in his Mark Caine books.

Best of Talk – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Compilation of clips from Clive James shows featuring Peter Cook, Katharine Hepburn and Roman Polanski among others.


The Reggae Show with Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
New series showcasing choice examples of the Jamaican music genre. His guest this week is Bitty McLean.

This Guy’s in Love with You – the Herb Albert Story – BBC Radio 2. 10.00pm – 10.30pm
Profile of the trumpeter, composer and producer who co-founded A & M Records.

Thursday 22nd June


The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) – More4. 4.20pm – 6.10pm
Classic rock’n’roll comedy. (See Highlights)

Perfect Friday (1970) – BBC 1. 12.45am – 2.20am (Fri AM)
UK Crime caper directed by Peter Hall, in which Stanley Baker stars as a timid banker who teams up with aristocratic wastrel David Warner and his bored wife Ursula Andress for a meticulously planned raid on his own bank.


Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Plus a live session from British blues-rock quintet Storm Warning.