Dominic Sandbrook looks at a dynamic decade. By the mid-80s, Britain felt like an embattled nation, struggling to establish its identity on the global stage.
The second episode sees mid-1980s Britain wrestling with two contradictory impulses - the rise of a strong nationalist sentiment and the emergence of an increasingly globalised world.
By the middle of the decade, Britain felt like an embattled nation, facing threats from enemies within as well as out - a nation struggling to establish an identity on the global stage, and also trying to re-establish what it means to be British. This was the period that forever marked the 80s as a decade of conflict and division. But not all those conflicts were obvious. Some were fought with bullets, others with money, some were fought in our homes, others in our heads.
This episode examines everything from the invasion of the Falkland Islands to the invasion of the home computer and the moral panic surrounding 'video nasties', from the Americanisation of our popular culture to the picket line skirmishes playing out nightly on our televisions, and from the spectre of Aids and the threat of the IRA to immigration and identity politics.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Shake It Up
Chant No. 1 (I Don't Need This Pressure On)
Adam and the Ants
Stand And Deliver
Big In Japan
Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey
Together In Electric Dreams
Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From "Top Gun")
A Little Respect
Tears for Fears
Hold Me Now
Talk Talk - Extended Mix
|Executive Producer||Chris Granlund|
|Series Producer||Alexander Leith|