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The Winner Takes It All 77-79

Episode 4 of 4

Dominic Sandbrook explores Britain in the 1970s. Here, he looks at the final years of the decade, marked by concerns that appear startlingly current.

In the final episode of the series, historian Dominic Sandbrook looks at the closing years of the 70s. He encounters a nation arguing about the future of education and watching Grange Hill, debating the impact of multiculturalism and enjoying The Specials. We were also anxious over youth crime and fiercely arguing about who should pay for austerity in economically troubled times. With the help of vivid archive and an evocative soundtrack, Dominic reveals that the final years of this tumultuous decade were marked by concerns that appear startlingly current.

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Sat 26 Oct 2013 22:30

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Music Played

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

  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions

    Pump It Up

  • David Bowie

    Space Oddity

  • The Lemon Pipers

    Green Tambourine

  • Mike Oldfield

    Tubular Bells

  • The Specials

    Concrete Jungle

  • Jean‐Michel Jarre

    Oxygène Part IV

  • Terry Jacks

    Seasons In The Sun

  • Hot Chocolate

    Everyone's A Winner

  • Althea & Donna

    Uptown Top Ranking

  • Demis Roussos

    Forever And Ever

  • Queen

    Don't Stop Me Now

  • Gerry Rafferty

    Get It Right Next Time

  • Elaine Paige

    Don't Cry For Me Argentina

  • Rose Royce

    Wishing On A Star

  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Livin' Thing

  • Blondie

    Picture This

  • Jean‐Michel Jarre


  • Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

    Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)

  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Believe Me Now

  • Jeff Wayne

    The Red Weed

  • Supertramp

    The Logical Song

  • The Turtles

    Happy Together

  • Mike Oldfield

    Tubular Bells

  • Ian Dury & The Blockheads

    Reasons To Be Cheerful

  • Nick Lowe

    I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

  • Rose Royce

    Love don't live here anymore

  • Pink Floyd

    Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    Fanfare for the Common Man

  • Rod Stewart


  • Dire Straits

    Sultans Of Swing

  • ABBA

    Take a Chance on Me

  • John Miles



Role Contributor
Presenter Dominic Sandbrook
Series Producer Steve Condie
Director Paul Tilzey
Producer Paul Tilzey
Executive Producer Dominic Crossley-Holland


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