Nine has adapted this National Geographic series by incorporating Australian events and 60 local interviews, in much the same way that 20 to 1 had Aussies commenting on pop culture.
The 80s: The Decade That Made Us screened in its original form on Pay TV in May.
It was the decade of non-stop glamour, unchecked excess, ruthless ambition and technological innovation that changed Australia and the world – and now Channel Nine relives it all with The Amazing 80s, premiering Monday, August 26, at 8.30pm after Big Brother’s third eviction.
The Amazing 80s will look at all the big events in music, sport, fashion, politics and technology from Australia and around the world, including original interviews with major figures of the time.
We will relive Australia’s shock America’s Cup win, the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain (featuring an exclusive interview with Lindy Chamberlain), Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding, the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the birth of State of Origin and MTV, see how the Swans came to Sydney, and tell the amazing story of Apple and Steve Jobs.
The series features over 60 interviews with prominent 1980s figures and commentators, including Malcolm Fraser, America’s Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand, Paul Hogan, Gold Logie winners Rowena Wallace (“Pat the Rat”), Bert Newton and Ray Martin, Lisa Wilkinson, Richard Wilkins and Derryn Hinch. Plus international stars like Jane Fonda, Larry Hagman, Linda Gray, Joan Collins, Steven Tyler, Steve Wozniak, Richard Branson and Michael J. Fox.
In the first episode we revisit Australia’s upset “winged keel” America’s Cup victory with John Bertrand, the Royal Wedding of Charles and Diana, the emergence of Jane Fonda’s workout video, the rise of the VCR and the Walkman. Aussie music will be in the spotlight, along with the murder of John Lennon and Who Shot JR, featuring the cast members of Dallas. We look back fondly at The Sullivans and former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser talks early 80s politics and the boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
This engrossing six-part series is an epic journey back in time, showcased with archival footage and memorable moments that only the amazing 1980s could provide.
8:30pm Monday August 26 on Nine.