The joys of 80s TV


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A cursory glimpse at UKTV Gold is enough to show us that 80s TV has never really gone away.

If you’ve been at home during the day recently, there’s a good chance that you caught an episode of Cagney and Lacey (with all the horrors of Mary-Beth’s dropwaist dresses) or saw Rodney and Del Boy smash that chandelier for the umpteenth time in Only Fools and Horses.

And as for children’s TV – do Bagpuss, Basil Brush and The A-Team ring any bells?

But what about the TV ads? What were we watching then? Personnel Today has put together its own top 10. They are in no particular order:

Shakin Stevens’ greatest hits



Ruth Madoc: Wispa


Labatt’s Lager: Tony Slattery as Malcolm the Mountie


California Raisins: I heard it through the grapevine



Jim Bowen: KFC



Pontins – a deeply strange advert



ZX Spectrum: fascinating for the product, rather than the ad


Monster Munch



Carling Black Label




And finally, one for the ladies:


Enjoy these, but shed a tear, perhaps, for the ones we’ve lost.

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