The best and worst of 1980s en­ter­tain­ment

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR TV WEEK -

The 1980s was a tur­bu­lent decade all over the world, but es­pe­cially here in the UK, from ri­ots and football hooli­gan­ism, to a royal wed­ding cel­e­brated by the en­tire na­tion, and big hair with shoul­der pads. It was also a pe­riod of mas­sive change in the TV world. Although it was the decade of the VCR, many peo­ple didn’t make plans if there was a big TV show listed in their mag­a­zine that night. And Chan­nel 5 is ded­i­cat­ing some of this week­end to the 1980s. The 80s: The Best of BadTV (Satur­day, Chan­nel 5, 10pm) It all kicks-off at 9.00pm tonight with a visit to the Big Brother house, where the house­mates will be tak­ing part in all man­ner of 80s-themed chal­lenges, which will prob­a­bly in­volve a bit of fancy dress, role-play­ing and 80s-themed re­wards. Then nos­tal­gic ret­ro­spec­tive The 80s: The Best of Bad TV takes a look back at some of the so-badthey-were good pro­grammes we were watch­ing dur­ing a decade that was marked by ex­cess. It was a golden age for sit­coms both in the UK and across the Pond. Over here, Peck­ham com­edy Only Fools and Horses, stu­dent digs sit­com The Young Ones, and his­tor­i­cal romp Black Ad­der were pulling in the view­ers, while in the States Robin Wil­liams ve­hi­cle Mork & Mindy, Bos­ton bar rat­ings win­ner Cheers, and the most watched tele­vi­sion show in the United States in 1989, Roseanne, were all hits. There were also a num­ber a big, silly ac­tion ad­ven­tures where the good guys al­ways won, none more so than David Has­sel­hoff show Knight Rider, those Good Ol' Boys The Dukes of Hazzard and, of course, Hannibal, Face, Mur­doch and BA, aka The A-Team. Sci-fi and mys­tery also had a resur­gence in the decade with lizard peo­ple soap opera V, in­flu­en­tial drama The Twi­light Zone and Star­ship En­ter­prise re­boot Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion all boldly go­ing where no shows had gone be­fore. How­ever, the de­tec­tive/po­lice pro­ce­dural drama was ar­guably the genre which has the largest resur­gence boom, es­pe­cially over the At­lantic. Fi­nally who can for­get the undis­puted king of all prime-time soaps, Dal­las? It is even said that the Queen Mother was among the 83 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide who tuned in to watch the episode, ti­tled A House Di­vided, which be­come bet­ter known as Who Shot JR?

TV Gold Larry Hag­man ap­pears in high­lights from the 1980s.

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