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On Tuesday, it'll be 1981

Imogen Crump Imogen Crump | 09:00 UK time, Friday, 22 April 2011

Prince Charles and Diana the Princess of Wales kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding

On Tuesday, 5 live will be going back in time. To 1981.

In 1981, the UK was in recession, there were riots across many major cities in England, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy debuted on BBC Two and Charles and Diana got married.

So as we build up to Friday's celebrations - 5 live will take a look back three decades at what was going on the last time the country had a big Royal Wedding to look forward to.

On 5 live Breakfast, Shelagh Fogarty and Phil Williams will begin 1981 Day. Angela Rippon will make a special appearance to read the news.

Michael Fish presenting the weather

They will also be joined by special guests Mike Read, then the Radio 1 breakfast show host, and Michael Fish, whose weather map back then was still using magnetic symbols.

Victoria Derbyshire will celebrate the music of 1981 in a special Monday music review - with guest reviewers Bucks Fizz.

Gabby adds a sporting flavour with Steve Perryman from Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup winning team, Scottish footballer John Wark who won the UEFA Cup with Ipswich Town and was player of the season in 1981, and Steve Davis who three decades ago won his first snooker Masters title.

Bucks Fizz on Top of the Pops in 1981

Later in the day, Richard Bacon will chat with musician and cartoonist Rolf Harris, who was part of the official wedding commentary team in 1981. He'll be joined by magician Paul Daniels, whose Saturday night magic show was attracting huge ratings in the 1980s.

Plus after 3pm, our regular TV review has a twist, as we look back at the TV of 1981 with Blue Peter's 1980s daredevil, Peter Duncan.

Rolf Harris chats to members of the press about his portrait of Her Majesty The Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

So that's just a bit of what we are doing on Tuesday.

But what were you doing in 1981? Tell us about the fashion you were wearing, the music you were listening to, TV you loved and the cubes you were solving in the comments below.


  • Comment number 1.

    Oh No. It was bad enough the first time round.

  • Comment number 2.

    im irish lookin forward for royal weeding will hear it on 5live wish i could see it and lookin forward to queen comein to ireland

  • Comment number 3.

    This will be my 1st 'proper royal wedding'. In 1981 i was 17 and was in America at the time of the wedding. I had a great time there but everytime i see a picture of Lady Di's wedding i think to myself..." i don't remember that..!!" Hope they have better luck than Lady Di did.!! God bless.

  • Comment number 4.

    Why have you not told us what Steve Perryman's nationality is when you feel it neccessary to tell us what John Wark's is?

  • Comment number 5.

    It has been entertaining so far but I want to agree with Phil, the highlight has been Dennis Mortimer and it won't be bettered. Just wish we could avoid the awful music that is to come.

  • Comment number 6.

    Funny how the blog gets closed straight ater Jonathon Wall writes one of the most arrogant pieces of self defending 'journalism' imaginable. That The Guradian gave him the platform is indefensible and the fact the blog editors must have known it would kick off a lively debate makes the closure worse. Shame on you all.

  • Comment number 7.

    Jackstumps is correct. If ever there was a blog subject required, it is one about the consultation with anyone interested in the 5Live and 5Live SE stations. I think it is disgraceful that the viewpoints of listeners and bloggers, tweeters and Facebookers is not recognised on this subject. All the more reason for everyone interested to get on and give it some welly: if you have a point of view, whatever it is, give it!

  • Comment number 8.

    Just shows up the poor attitude to justified comments at the BBC/5live by closing a blog down and can't being bothered to start another one up so listeners ( not presenters Mr.Wall as you write in your Guardian piece ) can express themselves.Some of these managers need to be retrained in the BBC brief to the fact that the BBC is supposed to be impartial .I don't think I have read a more arrogant or complacent article by anyone who is employed at the BBC.Passing 5live off as ' light and shade ' is pretty insulting to peoples intelligence.Thats more than worthy of a mention in the online survey.I expect better from the BBC.

  • Comment number 9.

    I sincerely hope that after a substantive qualitative review of 5Live, the era of the big personality and trivialisation comes to an end.

    Sadly, we're seeing the once sacred Sports programming now being trivialised with the appointment and overuse of Robbie Savage.

    And now we learn from the Guardian... that the 5Live "rising star" alledegedly has a someone supporting his bid to win... someone with a lot of disposable income obviously to offer a mini... maybe even a footballer?

    "The award is voted for by the public, so the better known names will invariably attract the most votes. Especially if you are football phone-in host Savage, busy urging his 237,000 Twitter followers to vote for him, and mentioning someone's offer of a Mini to one lucky punter who can prove they voted for him if/when he wins. We're not sure what the rules are on encouraging people to vote, but maybe it's time for a change of gear before next year's bash."


  • Comment number 10.

    Media Monkey has done everyone a favour. Savage should be disqualified from the competition. He is a weak and pathetic "presenter" and someone lacking the vocabulary and ability to enlighten or enhance a listener's experience. But he is a fave of AV-K so he will probably get away with it.

  • Comment number 11.

    ... and being a 'fave' of AVK as you put it Carrie, places him in the same box as Bacon, Murray, Logan, Nolan et al, who are contributing massively to the demise of the station's quality. Not to mention Mr Wall's failure to grasp the basics of journalism.

  • Comment number 12.

    Well said Jackstumps!

  • Comment number 13.

    Moz Dee chimes in on the debate that 5Live itself seems keen for us not to have... congratulations to the Guardian for continuing the debate, what a pity it's not encouraged here.

    Under the telling title, "No news isn't good news", read the thoughts of the former 5Live supremo --

    "Over a pint, a former senior BBC colleague asked: "Moz, is TalkSport becoming more like 5 Live?" My reply was: "No, my friend, 5 Live is becoming more like TalkSport." There was a weary nod acknowledging the point in reply. "

    " I ask the question: are interviews with TV stars, a presenter anecdote about a promise made under the influence of alcohol and a football phone-in suggesting that Millwall be banned from FA Cup, the job of a BBC news channel with an annual budget of £72m?"

    "Radio 5 Live has a unique opportunity to take that ground, to take news more seriously and grow a broader radio audience for the BBC's world-class journalism."

    More here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/organgrinder/2011/apr/25/news-bbc-radio-5-live-talksport?CMP=twt_gu

  • Comment number 14.

    Thanks for the link ryan.Well that article makes a change from the Mr.Wall one telling us all how great he and 5live is.I can't remember how long I have been banging on about how 5live in trying to be competitive with Talksport, has plunged to the depths of broadcasting associated with TS.TalkRadio or the rebranded Talksport was a really good alternative to speech radio but even that station seems to be in terminal decline as regards standards.5live should revert back to a rolling news service and get rid of the massively egotistical and smug daytime presenters pushing their own views and agenda, leave that to the commercial sector.Its not what my licence fee was intended for.

  • Comment number 15.

    Your radio player doesn't work with FireFox.
    Don't you know that half the population now uses other browsers than Explorer?

    Your t3chnical design team need firing and rehiring!


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