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Andy Crane

A Look Back at 1979

Margaret Thatcher became the Prime Minister of the UK this year and lead the office in her uncompromising style of politics until 1990. The Penmanshiel Tunnel collapsed and killed 2 workers in Berwickshire, and tragedy in Wigan near Manchester as 10 miners died in a methane gas explosion. In more cheery news, the Happy Meal was introduced by McDonalds to the delight of Children world over.





Mad Max, Apocalypse Now, Alien, Monty Python's Life of Brian all graced the big screen in 1979.


We were watching Tales of the Unexpected, To the Manor Born and the start of the long running political debate show- Question Time. 1979 is also the year that Ceefax introduced optional subtitles to programmes.