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    [QUOTE=George 1978;237536]Great list, Richard! Especially the one referring to leaving the country if Labour won in 1997 - Jim Davidson, Frank Bruno, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Paul Daniels were four celebrities who mentioned that they were going to do just that, I believe. I think that as the list was from a 1980s perspective, 1997 was two General Elections away into the future to consider those things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Thanks, I was trying to put things in a 1980s context about a Labour victory in a general election, when it looked like a future Labour government would put a lot of tax on high earners.

    This was when anything like New Labour would have been pie in the sky thinking.
    If you look at those who supported Foot or Kinnock back then - in particular Kinnock in 1987, they were mostly alternative comedians such as Ben "12 more hours of Thatcherism to go" Elton; Tony Robinson; Rowan Atkinson (although one would imagine Mr Bean to be a Conservative if he knew what to do in a Polling Station) - anyone who appeared on a Friday or Saturday night on BBC 2 or Channel 4, whereas Conservative supporters would be mainstream BBC 1 and ITV entertainers pre-watershed which were harmless and would be seen by the majority of households. Those who were mainstream in the public's conscience - Paul Daniels, Bob Monkhouse, Jimmy Tarbuck, Cilla Black, etc. I would rather have watched a 7.00 pm Monkhouse game show back then rather watch than Ben Elton trying to be funny by using bad language at 11.00 pm so that he doesn't die on stage.

    And Pete Murray claimed that he was sacked from Radio 2 because of his unofficial Public Election Broadcast on Breakfast Time while reviewing the daily papers, claiming that a vote for Michael Foot would be a vote for communism. On that day, Labour has a PEB, the Greens got a spot on TV later on and the Liberal leader featured on Election Call on Radio 4. Even in my old constituency, it was Labour since 1945 until Thursday 9th June 1983, and remained like that for nine years.

    The closest one had to New Labour in the 1980s was the SDP which didn't have much of a chance.
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    And of course, the IBA made sure that we had proper commercial TV as well.
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    Richard also mentioned about celebrity candidates standing on a flimsy platform in elections back in the 1980s - apart from the obvious Lord Sutch by-elections in that decade, it made me think of the 1984 Chesterfield by-election where Tony Benn re-entered the Commons after losing his Bristol seat the year before. Bill Maynard of all people, stood as an Independent (some said it was Independent Labour) and was fourth with just over 1,000 votes, losing the pre-1985 12.5% deposit. Because of Maynard's fame and also the particular time of the election, I would have bet that he would have been close to a Conservative than Labour.

    TV-am was full of Conservatives - in fact, it was regarded as Margaret Thatcher's favourite TV station - Bruce Gyngell the boss was Mrs Thatcher's friend; her daughter Carol Thatcher worked for the station; Jonathan Aitken MP was the first Chief Executive of the station; Gyles Brandreth (of the Tuesday Postbag) became a Conservative MP; Jimmy Greaves was a Conservative voter, etc. The unions members being locked out a la Wapping, etc. I am sure that the IBA felt that like the Daily Telegraph of broadcasters at the time! It doesn't bother me at all though.

    It was still an agreeable decade to live in.
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    THE 202 MAKERS OF THE 1980s - THE PEOPLE WHO WERE FAMOUS IN THAT DECADE
     
    Here is a list of the 202 most famous people of the 1980s as far as I am concerned - the list was originally to have been 101 of them, but there were so many of them that I have decided to double the number of people on the list.
     
    Those who made great inpact in that decade - the only rule is that a person must not have been born or have died in that decade. Of course, a lot of them were famous (or made a huge impact in society at least) before the decade bagan and after the decade ended. Was there a day that passed by during that decade without seeing any of them (or seeing their names at least) on television, or in a newspaper or a magazine?
     
    Some names are familiar, while others are not...
     
    1) RUSS ABBOT
    2) JONATHAN AITKEN
    3) ADAM ANT
    4) PRINCE ANDREW, DUKE OF YORK
    5) MICHAEL ASPEL
    6) CHERYL BAKER
    7) RONNIE BARKER
    8) MICHAEL BARRYMORE
    9) GRANT BAYNHAM
    10) JEREMY BEADLE
    11) DAVID BELLAMY
    12) FLOELLA BENJAMIN
    13) HYWEL BENNETT
    14) LENNIE BENNETT
    15) CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS
    16) CILLA BLACK
    17) LIONEL BLAIR
    18) IAN BOTHAM
    19) FRANK BOUGH
    20) JIM BOWEN
    21) DAVID BOWIE
    22) TOMMY BOYD
    23) GYLES BRANDRETH
    24) RICHARD BRANSON
    25) ERIC BRISTOW
    26) FRANK BRUNO
    27) ZOLA BUDD
    28) ROB BUCKMAN
    29) GORDON BURNS
    30) GEORGE BUSH
    31) KATE BUSH
    32) GAVIN CAMPBELL
    33) CANNON AND BALL
    34) GEOFF CAPES
    35) BOB CAROLGEES
    36) FRANK CARSON
    37) JUDITH CHALMERS
    38) BOB CHAMPION
    39) PRINCE CHARLES
    40) CHAS 'N' DAVE
    41) JULIAN CLARY
    42) BRIAN CLOUGH
    43) SEBASTIAN COE
    44) JOAN COLLINS
    45) PHIL COLLINS
    46) MATTHEW CORBETT
    47) RONNIE CORBETT
    48) JIMMY CRICKET
    49) LESLIE CROWTHER
    50) EDWINA CURRIE
    51) BIG DADDY
    52) PAUL DANIELS
    53) JIM DAVIDSON
    54) DICKIE DAVIES
    55) SHARRON DAVIES
    56) STEVE DAVIS
    57) BOBBY DAVRO
    58) LES DAWSON
    59) ROBIN DAY
    60) CAROL DECKER
    61) LES DENNIS
    62) ANNE DIAMOND
    63) DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES
    64) JONATHAN DIMBLEBY
    65) JASON DONAVAN
    66) SHEENA EASTON
    67) EDDIE "THE EAGLE" EDWARDS
    68) QUEEN ELIZABETH II
    69) BEN ELTON
    70) NICK FALDO
    71) ALEX FERGUSON
    72) SARAH FERGUSON
    73) MICHAEL FISH
    74) BRUCE FORSYTH
    75) DAVID FROST
    76) JILL GASCOIGNE
    77) MIKE GATTING
    78) BOY GEORGE
    79) BOB GELDOF
    80) BRIAN GLOVER
    81) DUNCAN GOODHEW
    82) MICHAEL GRADE
    83) RUSSELL GRANT
    84) SARAH GREENE
    85) DEREK GRIFFITHS
    86) BRUCE GYNGELL
    87) PAUL HARDCASTLE
    88) KEITH HARRIS
    89) DAVID HASSELHOFF
    90) GEOFFREY HAYES
    91) LENNY HENRY
    92) PAUL HENRY
    93) BENNY HILL
    94) BOB HOLNESS
    95) GORDON HONEYCOMBE
    96) GEOFFREY HOWE
    97) FRANKIE HOWERD
    98) TED HUGHES
    99) ROD HULL
    100) GLORIA HUNNIFORD
    101) DAVID ICKE
    102) VICKY IRELAND
    103) JESSE JACKSON
    104) MICHAEL JACKSON
    105) CLIVE JAMES
    106) DEREK JAMESON
    107) DAVID "KID" JENSEN
    108) POPE JOHN PAUL II
    109) HOWARD JONES
    110) HENRY KELLY
    111) MATTHEW KELLY
    112) SARAH KENNEDY
    113) NIK KERSHAW
    114) MAGGIE KIRKPATRICK
    115) NEIL KINNOCK
    116) BONNIE LANGFORD
    117) SIMON LE BON
    118) RUSTIE LEE
    119) MARTYN LEWIS
    120) ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
    121) MAUREEN LIPMAN
    122) LITTLE AND LARGE
    123) KENNY LOGGINS
    124) MADONNA
    125) TIMMY MALLETT
    126) ROBERT MAXWELL
    127) IAN McCASKILL
    128) JOHN McCRIRICK
    129) TREVOR McDONALD
    130) RALPH McTELL
    131) FREDDIE MERCURY
    132) GEORGE MICHAEL
    133) KYLIE MINOGUE
    134) BOB MONKHOUSE
    135) DUDLEY MOORE
    136) ADRIAN MOORHOUSE
    137) ALISON MOYET
    138) RUPERT MURDOCH
    139) DENIS NORDEN
    140) ANDREW O'CONNOR
    141) DES O'CONNOR
    142) TOM O'CONNOR
    143) BILL ODDIE
    144) DAVID OWEN
    145) NICK OWEN
    146) ELAINE PAIGE
    147) SU POLLARD
    148) GWYNNETH POWELL
    149) PRINCE
    150) ESTHER RANTZEN
    151) CLAIRE RAYNER
    152) MIKE READ
    153) RONALD REAGAN
    154) ANNEKA RICE
    155) CLIFF RICHARD
    156) LIONEL RICHIE
    157) ANGELA RIPPON
    158) KATE ROBBINS
    159) TED ROGERS
    160) JIM ROSENTHAL
    161) ROBERT RUNCIE
    162) TESSA SANDERSON
    163) ARTHUR SCARGILL
    164) SELINA SCOTT
    165) HARRY SECOMBE
    166) TOM SELLECK
    167) CAPTAIN SENSIBLE
    168) PETER SHILTON
    169) WAYNE SLEEP
    170) BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
    171) ALVIN STARDUST
    172) FREDDIE STARR
    173) DAVID STEELE
    174) SHAKIN' STEVENS
    175) ROD STEWART
    176) STING
    177) MIRIAM STOPPARD
    178) UNA STUBBS
    179) MR T
    180) JIMMY TARBUCK
    181) CHRIS TARRANT
    182) DENNIS TAYLOR
    183) NORMAN TEBBIT
    184) MARGARET THATCHER
    185) DALEY THOMPSON
    186) CLIFF THORBURN
    187) SANDI TOKSVIG
    188) TORVILL AND DEAN
    189) TINA TURNER
    190) BONNIE TYLER
    191) TRACEY ULLMAN
    192) SUZANNE VEGA
    193) GARY WATSON
    194) ROY WALKER
    195) CLIVE WEBB
    196) "MAD" LIZZIE WEBB
    197) SIMON WESTON
    198) KIM WILDE
    199) GARY WILMOT
    200) BERNIE WINTERS
    201) TERRY WOGAN
    202) VICTORIA WOOD
    203) PAUL YOUNG (ONE TOO MANY, METHINKS!)
    204) ER...
    205) THAT'S IT
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    I see Gwynneth Powell in there, but not Todd Carty?

    Also, there was another Paul Young (the singer in Sad Cafe and sometimes Mike + the Mechanics), deceased, alas.

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    Not to belittle your efforts here George but of-course whilst these people were indeed famous in the 80s the majority of them started their respective careers much earlier
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    Not to belittle your efforts here George but of-course whilst these people were indeed famous in the 80s the majority of them started their respective careers much earlier
    They probably did, but I feel that atmosphere of the 1980s helped the people listed to be more successful than in previous decades. Play Your Cards Right feels better than Sunday Night at the London Palladium because simply PCYR was made in colour for example - we didn't get the "Brucie's wig" stuff in the 1960s, did we? Some celebrities don't find their proper niche until decades after they became famous.

    The way I look at it is that the 1980s wasn't black and white just like two decades before, and wasn't full of Big Brother / I'm a Celebrity stuff like two decades later - the mix of the 1980s was just right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clare View Post
    I see Gwynneth Powell in there, but not Todd Carty?

    Also, there was another Paul Young (the singer in Sad Cafe and sometimes Mike + the Mechanics), deceased, alas.
    Powell was in Grange Hill for almost the entire 1980s as Headteacher (save for 1980 and 1985 as Deputy Head) hence her inclusion. I can't stand EastEnders, so that might be one reason why Carty isn't listed - Tucker's hard luck, methinks.

    I was indeed referring to Paul Young, whether he laid his hat, etc. And a prominent face courtesy of Look In Collect-a-Pages, Jackie, Oh Boy, etc on the walls in my sister's bedroom circa 1985.
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