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Andy Crane


This was a busy year with Mark Thatcher getting lost in the desert, the coal miners strike ends, unemployment reached the 3 million mark for the first time since the 1930's and we saw Argentina invade the Falkland Islands. It was also the year Laker Airlines collapsed and we had the opening of the first Next store.

Price William is born and Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends 10 minutes chatting to the Queen and we see the Thames barrier in operation for the first time.


It was a Christmas number one you would want to forget, Renee and Renato sang 'Save Your Love'. There were also big number ones for Madness, Irene Cara, Musical Youth and Dexys Midnight Runners. Born into the world in 1982 were Billie Piper, Example, Franz Ferdinand and Natasha Hamilton from Atomic Kitten.




Everyone shed a tear at this years biggest movie as little Elliot helped to save his alien friend ET go home after he was abandoned by his fellow aliens and had to survive on planet earth. Sylvester Stallone returned as Rocky for the 3rd time, we got scared out of our armchairs with Poltergeist and fell in love with Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman.



There was even more TV in this year as we saw the launch of 2 new channels. S4C became the first Welsh language channel whilst Countdown kicked off Channel 4 bringing us shows like Brookside, Treasure Hunt and The Word. Central Television replaced ATV and we had the first 3D broadcast.