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Cool Retro TV W/C 14th July

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 14th June to Thursday 20th July.

Beatles_1 Highlight of The Week

UKTV History (Freeview Ch. 12)  Saturday 15th. 7.00am – 3.00pm, 3.00pm – 8.00pm, 8.00pm – 1200am
The 60s: the Beatles Decade (5 episodes) – The title of this series is slightly misleading. This isn’t another Beatlementary, rather the story of Britain’s cultural shift throughout the 1960s, chronicled through the evolution of the Fab Four and spread out over Saturday on UKTV History. Subjects featured include the Profumo affair, Biba, Twiggy and Vidal Sassoon etc. This is a self produced UKTV series that is a little cheap and cheerful, taking most of its stock footage from the old pathe newsreels, but the series has some great interviews in it, and is worth watching/taping if you have an  interest in the era.

Friday 14th July


The Pill: Prescription for Revolution – UKTV History (Freeview Ch.12) 6.00pm – 7.00pm (Repeated midnight)
Part of UKTV’s 60s month. The contraceptive pill’s influence on the 1960s and 70s.

Soul Deep – the Story of Black Popular Music – BBC 4. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Mary J Blige, Destiny’s Child and Jam and Lewis bring the story up to date in the final part of the series.

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 10.50pm – 11.35pm
Another double bill of the classic series. The first an eerie tale about a stray cat. The second, a tourist on a transatlantic liner takes a desperate gamble.

The Avengers –  BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.20am
Mrs Peel poses as a nurse.

Saturday 15th July


The 60s: the Beatles Decade – UKTV History. 7.00am – 3.00pm, 3.00pm – 8.00pm, 8.00pm – 1200am
(See highlight).

Hot Enough for June (1963) – BBC 2. 4.30pm – 6.05pm
Another 60s Bond inspired spy spoof, starring Dirk Bogarde as a bohemian author who accepts a job with the British intelligence.   

GBH – More4. 10.15pm – 11.50pm
Alan Bleasdale’s Bafta-nominated epic continues. Michael Murray begins to realise that his new-found political "friends" aren’t being entirely honest with him. Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin star.

Glastonbury (2006) – BBC 2. 10.30pm – 12.45am
Julien Temple’s acclaimed documentary that creates a collage of images detailing the 35 year history of the world’s most famous festival.


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

Sunday 16th July

The Unforgettable Yootha Joyce – ITV 1. 6.00pm – 6.25pm
Best remembered for playing feisty, sex-mad Mildred Roper in the hit sitcom George and Mildred. But behind the screen image was an intensely private woman, who displayed a mix of strength and vulnerability and hid her personal problems from even her closest friends.   

Tales of the Unexpected – ITV 3. 12.15am – 1.20am (Mon AM)
Double bill of eerie tales.

Monday 17th July


The Quiller Memorandum (1966) – Channel 4. 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Atmospheric spy thriller in which American agent George Segal teams up with the British secret service to bust a Neo-Nazi ring re-forming in post war Berlin.

The Strange Report – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Adam investigates an athlete’s death.

My Generation – UKTV History. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Into the Light: Joan Bakewell talks to prominent people of her generation. This first programme focuses on the effects the war had upon childhoods and the experience of growing up in the 50’s.

Mastermind – BBC 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Among tonight’s specialist subjects are the Jam.


Mark Lamarr’s Alternative Sixties – BBC Radio 2. 9.30pm – 10.30pm
Mark showcases obscure 1960s records that have eluded the general public from rock, pop and psychedelia to folk, soul, R&B and garage.

Tuesday 18th July


UFO – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Straker discovers the dangers of the deep.

My Generation – UKTV History. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Light in Dark Places. In this programme, interviewees discuss the 60’s, a decade of momentous social change.

Goldfinger (1964) – ITV 4. 9.00pm – 11.10pm
The classic spy thriller with secret agent James Bond dodging bullets and bowler hats as he investigates the evil empire of Auric Goldfinger, a ruthless man with a penchant for gold bullion.

Wednesday 19th July

The Munsters – BBC 2. 10.30am – 11.20am
Double bill of the classic sitcom: My Fair Munster followed by A Walk on the Mildside.

Jason King – ITV 4. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
The perilous search for the missing statue continues.

My Generation – UKTV History. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
This edition explores the enduring legacy of the 1980’s and Thatchers Britain.

Best of Talk…Russell Harty – ITV 3. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
Compilation of the best bits of Harty’s 70s ITV chat show. Featuring the Who, David Bowie and Ringo Starr.


The Reggae Show with Mark Lamarr – BBC Radio 2. 9.00pm – 10.00pm
More choice examples of the Jamaican music genre. This week Mark is joined by singer Michael Rose, who has had a massive impact on the roots movement since joining Black Uhuru in the mid 70s.

Thursday 20th July


Fame, Fashion and Photography  – UKTV History. 6.00pm – 7.00pm
Bit misleading this. The programme is actually a re-edit of the Beeb’s The Real Blow-up, split into two parts. The first part charts the story of the photographers whose work captured the spirit of swinging London in the 1960’s including Terry Donovan and David Bailey.
Sounds of the Sixties – BBC 4. 7.00pm – 7.10pm
The Folk Revival Part 1 – Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen feature.

The Avengers – BBC 4. 7.10pm – 8.00pm
The Cybernauts – Steed and Mrs Peel discover that a business contract links a string of murders – and that the only man still in the running is the crippled Dr Armstrong.

The Britpop Story – BBC 4. 11.00pm – 11.30pm
John Harris recalls the rise and fall of Britpop during the 1990s. Graham Coxon and Alan McGee are among the contributors.

Live Forever – BBC 4. 11.30pm – 12.55am
Storyville charts the musical mood of the 90s.

Pulp go Public: No Sleep till Sheffield – BBC 4. 12.55am – 1.30am (Fri AM)
Back in 1995 the BBC followed Jarvis & co as they charmed their way round Britain.


Still Angry After all these Years? – Saturday Night and Sunday Morning – BBC Radio 4. 9.30am – 9.45am
Alan Sillitoe revisits Nottingham – his home town and the setting for his 1958 novel – to see how the city has changed.

Paul Jones – BBC Radio 2. 8.00pm – 9.00pm
Classic r&b and blues. Tonight’s guest is Otis Taylor.