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Dominic Sandbrook examines the Cold War years. In the 1970s and '80s, as the end of the world seemed a real possibility, everything from sport to music became weapons.

Historian Dominic Sandbrook concludes his lively and surprising history of Britain during the years of the Cold War.

He plunders the archive and music of the late 1970s and the 1980s to bring to life an era in which the end of the world seemed a very real possibility, years in which our leaders crusaded as never before against a struggling Soviet empire and everything from sport to shopping to British pop music became potent weapons in the life and death struggle with communism.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 27 Nov 2013 23:50

Music Played

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

  • Timothy Farthing & Rupert Farthing


  • The Cure

    A Forest

  • Roxy Music

    Angel Eyes

  • Kim Carnes

    Bette Davis Eyes

  • Timothy Farthing & Rupert Farthing

    Checkpoint Charlie

  • Jan Hammer

    Crockett's Theme

  • Tears for Fears

    Everybody Wants To Rule The World

  • Survivor

    Eye Of The Tiger

  • George Michael

    Freedom! '90

  • Genesis

    Performance At Concert For Berlin

  • Blue Mink

    Good Morning Freedom

  • David Bowie


  • Russian State Symphonic Cappella

    Jazz Suite No 2

  • Electric Light Orchestra

    Mr. Blue Sky

  • Timothy Farthing & Rupert Farthing


  • Christopher Cross

    Ride Like The Wind

  • Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers

    Rockin Shopping Center

  • U2


  • Tears for Fears

    Sowing The Seeds Of Love

  • Pink Floyd

    Terminal Frost

  • Bernard Herrmann

    Thank God For The Rain

  • Echo & the Bunnymen

    The Back Of Love

  • Duran Duran

    The Chauffeur

  • Jeff Wayne

    The Eve Of The War

  • Roxette

    The Look

  • Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Two Tribes

  • Simple Minds


  • Pink Floyd

    Welcome To The Machine

  • U2

    With Or Without You

  • Paul McCartney

    Wonderful Christmastime


Role Contributor
Executive Producer Steve Condie
Director James Giles
Series Producer James Giles
Presenter Dominic Sandbrook


  • Tue 26 Nov 2013 21:00
  • Wed 27 Nov 2013 23:20
  • Wed 27 Nov 2013 23:50

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