A Conversation for Growing Up in the 1980s

'80s television

Post 1

Smij - Formerly Jimster

In the UK, ITV showed the mini-series 'V' late night during the 1984 Olympics. It was the show EVERYONE was talking about - aliens who swallowed hamsters whole and wore rubber human masks to hide their reptile faces. Bleugh! It had this ominous theme tune that was a cross between Holst's 'Planet Suite' and the theme from 'Halloween'. It was fab, very much a WWII allegory with scientists replacing Jews as the targets of oppression. And those huge space-ships which the makers of Independence Day clearly had in mind when they made theirs.

Jimster


'80s television

Post 2

Abi

Yes but according to David Icke this was all true Jimster! smiley - winkeye


'80s television

Post 3

Smij - Formerly Jimster

No wonder he thought it was true - he was watching the Olympics on the other side when it was on.

Can we have a hamster-swallowing smiley?

er, on second thoughts perhaps not...


'80s television

Post 4

Abi

But of course the kings of 80s TV were definitely Knightrider, the A-team, Mannimal, Blue Thunder and the inferior Air Wolf. Oh and Street Hawk!

Class in a cathode ray!


'80s television

Post 5

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Ah, see for me, '80s TV was typified by BBC sci-fi:

Doctor Who (from Tom Baker resigning in late '80 to Sylvester McCoy not being invited back in '89 after, IMO, the best whole season of Doctor Who in a decade).

The Tripods - an adaptation of the superb trilogy of books by John Christopher that managed to cut out loads from the books and then mess them up by inserting six pointless episodes of padding in the middle. The special effects weren't that spectacular in the first series but did get better in the second. Sadly, it got worse ratings than Dr Who 9which it was kind of being lined up to replace) and they never bothered adapting the third book.

Star Cops (honest, it gets good about three episodes in) - a kind of Z Cars in space with a mellow theme tune by Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. David Calder starred as the laconic Nathan Spring and it kind of dragged on a bit.

Day of the Triffids - adaptation of the John Wyndham book about killer plants taking over the world after a freak meteor shower turns everyone blind. John Duttine played the lead.

The 1980s also gave us Lynda la Plante (who's my fave TV dramatist) with Widows and Widows 2 - the story of three women who decide to do a robbery that their recently deceased husbands were planning. They bring in a striper mate of theirs and pull off the job and escape to Rio - only to discover that one of their husbands is very much alive and wants his cut from the job.

There was Brideshead Revisited (adapted from the Evelyn Waugh book) which made Jeremy irons a star after spending the 1970s on Play Away, and The Jewel in the Crown (based on The Raj Quartet) which brought Tim Piggott Smith and Charles Dance to fame.

I'd better stop there - I get carried away smiley - smiley


'80s television

Post 6

Jimi X

What about Magnum PI and Miami Vice?

My grandmother loved watching Tom Selleck drive around Hawaii in his red Ferrari. smiley - loveblush

And the whole Miami Vice look - I don't know about the UK, but in the states far too many people were walking around trying to look like Don Johnson. smiley - laugh


'80s television

Post 7

Demon Drawer

And of course the 80's brought us the adventures of one certain Prince Edmund the Blackadder, King of England for one fleeting second, and the decline of his illegitamate line to be merely a Lord, then a humble, if obnoxious Butler, before being exhalted to the position of Prince Regent by mad King George III the father of his late master. To serve as captain in the First World War.

Rumour has it that the line is now in Keeper of the Queen Sprinklers at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles had better beware.


'80s television

Post 8

Mikeguy

Though I wasn't around for most of the 80's, I do know that a great series called SCTV was in its biggest stretch during this time. It had begun in the late 70's and ended at about 1985. From it sprang several things, Ed Grimley and other Martin Short Characters, the movie Strange Brew, and I think actually a character in Ghostbusters played by Rick Moranis.


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Post 9

Myjo - Keeper of Decisions That Should Never be Made on Two Hours of Sleep

Don't forget the sitcoms: The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Night Court, Cheers, Different Strokes, and Webster are some that pop to mind.

And for those of us on the younger side, there's Saturday morning, too. Some of my faves over the years were The Gummi Bears, Ewoks, Droids, Rubik the Amazing Cube, Pacman, The Muppet Babies, The Littles, The Monchichis, The Snorks, and The Smurfs. And does anyone remember O.G. Readmore? He was a singing cartoon cat here in the States that encouraged children to get interested in books (oh, the irony). "My name is O.G. Readmore, my motto's tried and true: read a book today, and then you'll say, 'Oh Gee! I'll read more, too!'" God, can you believe I still remember that?


'80s television

Post 10

Steve K.

I'll vote for "Moonlighting" with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. See H2G2 entry A716582 for some great Seussian dialogue. smiley - magic




'80s television

Post 11

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

80s television means many things to me, mostly The Tube, with Jools and Paula. Saturday/Friday Night Live with Ben Elton hosting. The Young Ones. Big Jim and The Figaro Club. The birth of Channel Four. That ghastly week when every time you turned on the tv, The Thompson Twins were there... again!


'80s television

Post 12

braindead_geordie

ahh yes, the tube. those heady days when tyne tees tv was actually cool and trendy (didn't last long). it was a great feeling being able to walk straight past all the crowds at the entrance to the studio and waltz right in the front doors (my dad worked at tttv)! does anybody else remember supergran (another tttv series that was briefly successful)?

my parents didn't buy a tv til about 1987 (long story) - just in time for st:tng and sylvester mccoy (and press gang!). little did i know then that i would end up going out with somebody who worked on the mccoy dr who's...


'80s television

Post 13

Abi

I remember Supergran! Fantastic! smiley - biggrin


'80s television

Post 14

Orcus

Miami Vice smiley - ok Has to be almost the archetypal 80s show. It was never explained how a bunch of cops could afford to drive about in a Ferrari Testarossa! smiley - winkeye

I HATED Moonlighting with a rare passion and still cannot stand Sybill Shepherd smiley - yuk
Die Hard converted me to Bruce Willis though.


What about Grange Hill? Must have started early 80s - they repeated it on BBC 2 a few years back and I can still remember story lines from the first series.

V was classic too smiley - ok


'80s television

Post 15

Smij - Formerly Jimster

Grange Hill started in the late '70s (1978, to be precise) but it really came into its own in the 1980s - the massive storyline with Zammo getting hooked on heroin (and the accompanying 'Just Say No' single - snigger) and the arrival of characters like Roland Browning, the bullying Imelda davies and Ziggy (the scouser).


'80s television

Post 16

Orcus

I cannot believe noone's mentioned this.

One word.

FAME!


'80s television

Post 17

Abi

Baby, remember my name!

The show that started the whole leg warmers thing!

OMG Legwarmers!!!! Snoods! Batwing jumpers!

Better start a new thread!


'80s television

Post 18

There is only one thing worse than being Gosho, and that is not being Gosho

How could I have forgotten that epitome of 80's tv and 80's culture - Minder smiley - bigeyes

If anyone represented Thatcherite ideals (with a slightly dodgy spin) it had to be Arfur Daley smiley - biggrin


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Post 19

Abi

My dad had a tax disc holder and rear window sticker that claimed our car had been bought from Arthur Daley!


'80s television

Post 20

Orcus

MY other car was a porsche smiley - winkeye

Well it would have been if I'd had one...


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