LOSE YOUR­SELF IN 1998

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RONIN HITS THE BIG SCREEN

Di­rec­tor John Franken­heimer’s ac­tion thriller has a less then ro­bust plot – it fol­lows ex-CIA chap Robert De Niro’s at­tempts to re­claim a brief­case from Jonathan Pryce’s ter­ror­ist and, enig­mat­i­cally, ‘the Rus­sians’. But for au­to­mo­tive fans the key el­e­ments are two of the finest car chases com­mit­ted to cel­lu­loid. Franken­heimer en­listed the skills of French F1 driver Jean-Pierre Jarier for heart-pound­ing chases in Nice and Paris. It’s es­sen­tial for petrol­heads, if only to see a Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 given a thor­ough work­out.

THE YEAR OF TRIP HOP

If the mid-1990s had been the pre­serve of Brit­pop, 1998 saw the main­stream emer­gence of a fresh and ex­cit­ing, largely Bri­tish mu­si­cal move­ment with a typ­i­cally silly name coined by the press: trip hop. Mix­ing the beats and sam­pling tech­niques of hip hop with mu­si­cal in­flu­ences as di­verse as am­bi­ent, elec­tronic, jazz, funk and even gospel, there were ma­jor re­leases from the likes of Mas­sive At­tack, Morcheeba, 4Hero, Boards of Canada, Tricky and Un­kle.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MIL­LION­AIRE DE­BUTS

Chris Tar­rant hosted this in­no­va­tive – and vastly lu­cra­tive – game show for ITV. It aired for 30 se­ries and 16 years, with five play­ers win­ning a mil­lion, and was re­cently re­vived for a Jeremy Clark­son-hosted 20th an­niver­sary edi­tion. A huge suc­cess for ITV, the for­mat was ex­ported to nu­mer­ous coun­tries around the world.

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