LOSE YOURSELF IN 1998
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.