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Dominic Sandbrook looks at a dynamic decade. The late 80s saw Britain transformed, from the rise of the yuppie to a growing disconnection from the political elite.

The third and final programme charts the final years of the decade, looking at a society transformed by an accelerated change. Dominic argues that this change brought opportunities and anxieties that we continue to wrestle with to this day, from significant technological advances and the privatisation of national companies, to the deregulation of the stock market and the growing polarisation of rich and poor.

The late 80s saw Britain transformed beyond measure, from the economic 'Big Bang' in the City of London and the rise of the yuppie to more tangible, everyday signs of household change, such as the impact of Europe on British shopping habits - from German cars to French wine, Italian fashion and Scandinavian interior design. But alongside this transformation was a growing disconnection from the political elite, signified by the rise of rave culture and the poll tax riots. Margaret Thatcher - widely seen as the architect of so much of this change - would ultimately become its biggest victim.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 12 Jul 2018 01:00


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Role Contributor
Presenter Dominic Sandbrook
Writer Dominic Sandbrook
Executive Producer Chris Granlund
Series Producer Alexander Leith
Producer Kate Misrahi
Director Kate Misrahi


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