The Eurovision Song Contest came from Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland for the third time in four years.
  • This was also Ireland's fourth time of hosting the Contest in five years.
  • The UK won with "Love Shine A Light" sung by Katrina and The Waves, scoring a record breaking 227 points.
  • Host country Ireland finished a distant second with 157 points: "Mysterious Woman" sung by Marc Roberts.
  • Two countries finished joint last with nul points: Norway: "San Francisco" sung by Tor Endresen and Portugal: "Antes Do Adeus" sung by Célia Lawson.
  • Televoting was piloted in five countries: UK, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland and Germany. The remaining countries continued to use Jury voting.


Teletubbies, produced by Ragdoll Productions, launched on BBC TV in the spring. Although really aimed at pre-school children, it became a cult among university and college students.

The UK General Election was held on 1 May 1997, and Labour swept to power with a landslide victory.

The BBC's 24-hour news channel BBC News 24 launched on 9 November 1997, on analogue cable only. However overnight coverage was available on BBC1 during overnight downtime.

Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.
  • Her funeral took place at Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997.
  • Elton John re-wrote "Candle In The Wind", and sung it at the funeral.
  • When Candle In The Wind 97 was released as a tribute single, it went straight to number one and became the best selling single of 1997.


Other UK number one singles of 1997 included:
  • Spice Girls - "Who Do You Think You Are?"
  • Puff Daddy and Faith Evans - "I'll Be Missing You"
  • Will Smith - "Men In Black"
  • Spice Girls - "Spice Up Your Life"
  • Aqua - "Barbie Girl"
  • Various Artists - "Perfect Day"
  • Teletubbies - "Teletubbies Say Eh Oh"


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