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The Story of 1982

The peak of British 'new pop' saw Wham, ABC and Culture Club make sensational debuts, while Dexy's new Irish sound topped the summer charts for four weeks with Come on Eileen.

1982 marks the peak of British 'new pop' as Wham, ABC and Culture Club make sensational appearances, and Shalamar's Jeffrey Daniel premieres the moonwalk on British TV. Dexy's new Irish sound tops the summer charts for four weeks with Come on Eileen, while their follow-up single Jackie Wilson Says leads to a notorious moment in TOTP history. Featuring ABC, Culture Club, Wham, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Shalamar, Pigbag, Foster and Allen, Shakatak and Bucks Fizz.

1 hour

Last on

Sat 24 Apr 2021 20:00

Music Played

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

  • Yazoo

    Don't Go

  • Laurie Anderson

    O Superman

  • Bucks Fizz

    Land of Make Believe

  • King Crimson

    21st Century Schizoid Man (incl. Mirrors)

  • Trio

    Da Da Da

  • Madness

    Our House

  • Madness

    Driving in my Car

  • Shakatak


  • Adam Ant

    Goody Two Shoes

  • Rockers Revenge

    Walking on Sunshine

  • ABC

    Poison Arrow

  • ABC

    The Look Of Love

  • Yazoo

    Only You

  • Wham!

    Young Guns

  • Irene Cara


  • Robert Palmer

    Some Guys Have All The Luck

  • Shakatak

    Easier Said Than Done

  • The Stranglers

    Golden Brown

  • Toni Basil


  • Grandmaster Flash

    The Message

  • Shalamar

    A Night To Remember

  • Michael Jackson

    Billie Jean

  • Grinderswitch

    Pickin' the Blues

  • Pigbag

    The Backside

  • Pigbag

    Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag

  • The Fureys

    When You Were Sweet Sixteen

  • Foster & Allen

    A Bunch of Thyme

  • Dexys Midnight Runners


  • Dexys Midnight Runners

    The Celtic Soul Brothers

  • Dexys Midnight Runners

    Come On Eileen

  • Dexys Midnight Runners

    Jackie Wilson Said

  • Culture Club

    White Boy

  • Culture Club

    Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

  • The Jam

    Beat Surrender

  • RenĂ©e & Renato

    Save Your Love

  • New Order

    Blue Monday


Role Contributor
Producer Matt O'Casey
Director Matt O'Casey
Executive Producer Mark Cooper


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