The Eighties

August 2019

Season 1 Episode 7 - Tear Down This Wall

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The 1980s began with renewed confrontation between the two nuclear-armed superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. President Reagan faced-off against a succession of aging Soviet leaders with Contras in Central America, mujahedeen in Afghanistan, cruise missiles in Europe, a 'Star Wars' defence system in space a...

Season 1 Episode 6 - Greed Is Good

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After the economic hardship of the 1970s perhaps a period of excess was inevitable. Mammon was king as wealth and materialism assumed a dominant place in American culture and politics. It?s a decade of junk bonds, S&L bailouts and pervasive Wall Street corruption. Tom Wolfe wrote about the 'Masters of the Universe', and Mi...

Season 1 Episode 5 - The Reagan Revolution

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Rarely has one person dominated and defined an era the way Ronald Reagan did the 1980s. This episode examines the personalities and events of Reagan?s two terms in the White House: both landmark legislative achievements and political set backs, the assassination attempt early in his first term and his heroic return. Trace ...
July 2019

Season 1 Episode 4 - The Fight Against Aids

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In the 1980s a mysterious and lethal illness developed into a pandemic with enormous political and cultural consequences. What started as a medical detective story grew into a societal nightmare as first dozens then hundreds and eventually thousands of people all over the world contracted the lethal virus that came to be k...
March 2019

Season 1 Episode 3 - Video Killed The Radio Star

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Michael Jackson released the greatest selling album of all time, Madonna created a persona just as important as her music, and Public Enemy exhorted their fans to 'Fight the Power'. And there was a new visual component to it all courtesy of MTV. The digital revolution hit the music world as CDs replaced LPs. Whitney Housto...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Raised On Television Part Two

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Part two looks at the phenomenon of talk show hosts and news reporters as celebrities. David Letterman emerges whilst Walter Kronkite retires. Women take their rightful place in all facets of presenting, journalism and production, while the civil rights movement reaches a crescendo. CNN launches and Australian newspaper mo...

Season 1 Episode 1 - Raised On Television Part One

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The Eighties is a fascinating documentary series that examines the revolutionary decade of the 1980s, with extraordinary insight into a decade that had a profound impact on America, taking a look at significant events and individuals such as the Cold War, AIDS crisis, Ronald Reagan and Steve Jobs. This first episode looks ...
November 2018

Season 1 Episode 8 - The Tech Boom

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The impact of the Digital Revolution of the 1980s is almost incalculable. The way we live today is largely defined by the innovations and inventions developed throughout that decade. The personal computer, the Internet and video games all became part of daily life. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs took their place among the great...