The Thatcher Crisis Years

1980s politics blog from TV historian Tony McMahon

It's a Sin

The Russell T Davies series It’s a Sin shows what it was like to be young and gay in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher and with AIDS

Here is Mary Whitehouse in 1985 arguing against the movie director Michael Winner and a group of hunks dressed as the cinematic hero Rambo

pocket calculator

Most of us got our first pocket calculator in the 1970s but were then told by maths teachers that we were forbidden to use them in our exams

1970s science fiction

1970s kids were obsessed with science fiction as we were influenced by the Apollo space missions and the Soviet cosmonaut program

1980s technology

New technology in 1983 involved TVs with text services, washing machines with computer chips and a new generation of microwave ovens