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A family and their home are stripped of modern technology to live in the past. Back in the 1980s, they try to cook a roast dinner in a microwave oven, and drive a Sinclair C5.

A family and their home are stripped of all their modern technology to live a life of decades past.

The family must live through the digital wilderness of the 1980s at a rate of a year per day, starting in 1980. They have their very own technical support team who source and supply them with the vintage technology that would have been available to British households during the decade, including iconic technology such as the Walkman, Game and Watch and the CD player.

For a modern family it is a decade of challenges. In 1980 they attempt to cook a roast dinner in a microwave oven, as consumers of the time were encouraged to do. They are faced with a bewildering choice of home computers in 1982 and the arduous task of finding a rental shop that still supplies films on video cassette for their newly-arrived VHS player.

Dad takes a spin in the most famous technological flop of the decade, the Sinclair C5, but the family do experience an 80s success story when New Wave icons Ultravox pay a surprise visit to demonstrate the synthesiser technology which soundtracked the era.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 14 Mar 2011 03:05

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Gary Numan

    Are Friends Electric?

    Performer: Tubeway Army.
  • Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey

    Together In Electric Dreams

  • Buggles

    Video Killed The Radio Star

  • Calvin Harris

    Acceptable in the 80s

  • Adam and the Ants

    Kings of the Wild Frontier

  • Robert Palmer

    Johnny and Mary

  • Japan

    Quiet Life

  • Diana Ross

    Upside Down

  • Blondie


  • Spandau Ballet

    To Cut a Long Story Short

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    Enola Gay

  • Depeche Mode

    Just Can't Get Enough

  • Sir Cliff Richard

    Wired for Sound

  • Kraftwerk

    Computer Love

  • Yazoo

    Don't Go

  • Soft Cell

    Where the Heart is

  • Trio

    Da Da Da

  • Heaven 17

    Let Me Go

  • Level 42

    Micro Kid

  • Ultravox


  • Eurythmics


    • Sexcrime.
  • Van Halen


  • Rockwell

    Somebody's Watching Me

  • Jan Hammer

    Miami Vice

  • Limahl

    Never Ending Story

  • Harold Faltermeyer

    Axel F

  • Europe

    The Final Countdown

  • Pet Shop Boys


  • The Cars


  • Wham!

    Everything She Wants

  • Dire Straits

    Money For Nothing

  • Elton John

    Blue Eyes

  • Dire Straits

    So Far Away

  • a-ha - The Sun Always Shines on TV

  • Five Star

    System Addict

  • New Order

    True Faith

  • Prince

    Sign of the Times

  • Kylie Minogue

    I Should Be So Lucky

  • Inner City

    Good Life

  • Sydney Youngblood

    If Only I Could

  • a-ha - Take On Me

  • 808 State

    Pacific State

  • Soul II Soul

    Back to Life (However Do You Want Me) (feat. Caron Wheeler)


Role Contributor
Producer Cate Hall