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Station: BBC Two (GB)
Status: Running
Start: 2016-08-04

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  • S01E01 - The Sound of the Crowd

    Episode One, The Sound Of The Crowd, looks at how the early 80s saw the powerful new forces of choice and consumerism radically reshape British life, tearing down existing ways of doing things and ripping up the rule book of British politics.

    This new culture of consumer-driven populism propelled Margaret Thatcher to victory. For the first time, 'who we were' became a question less about the fixed identities of region and class, and much more about the choices we made: from where we shopped, to how we cooked, to what we wore. Margaret Thatcher may have embodied this change - but she didn't drive it.

    This episode takes in everything from the popularity of Delia Smith to affordable fashions on the high street; from the subcultures of Britain's youth to the crisis of identity that rocked and splintered the political Left.

    But it also shows how the mood of aspiration that swept the nation left certain sections of society adrift and alienated, from the hollowed-out industrial heartlands of the Midlands to the inner-city communities of South London and Liverpool.

    Air Date: 04 August 2016 20:00 -
  • S01E02 - Under Pressure

    By the middle of the decade, Britain felt like an embattled nation, facing threats from enemies within as well as without; a nation struggling to establish an identity on the global stage, and also 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; from the spectre of AIDS and the threat of the IRA, to immigration and identity politics.

    Air Date: 11 August 2016 20:00 -
  • S01E03 - World in Motion

    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 wecontinue 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.

    Air Date: 18 August 2016 20:00 -