The Eighties


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 greatest innovators in American history. The exploration of space continued to evolve with the launching of the Space Shuttle, but not without a heart breaking cost.

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 mogul Murdoch dares to start Fox TV. Golden Girls is a massive hit, while reality TV raises a fairly ugly head, contrasted with the excesses of soaps such as Dynasty and The Col...

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 at the pre-cable world with the enormous free-to-air ratings of Dallas and the finale of M.A.S.H. The sitcom is revitalised by The Cosby Show and Cheers, and Hill Street Blues...
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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 Houston, Guns N' Roses, U2, David Bowie and Run-DMC were some of the other major artists of the decade.

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 and his own soaring rhetoric; “… tear down this wall.” But the ascension of Mikhail Gorbachev to power in Moscow ignites an astounding chain of events that culminates in the dr...

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 Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky and Charles Keating went from the business page to the front page as their criminal activities were exposed. And in a classic case of art imitating l...

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 known as AIDS. It’s a story of ignorance and heartbreak, but also one of compassion, courage and dedication.

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 how turmoil in the Middle East and President Reagan’s determination to aid a group of rebel fighters in Central America almost cost him the presidency in the Iran/Contra scand...