Airdate: The Amazing 80s

By David Knox on August 20, 2013 / Filed Under Programming 10

2013-08-20_1705Monday night’s series The Amazing 80s on Nine looks back at a decade of politics, sport, style, entertainment and technology in Australia and worldwide.

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.

10 Comments »

  1. loppy August 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm -

    Might have a look at this. I was growing up in the 80s. Looks good.

  2. David Knox August 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm -

    Yes I watched. ACA’s audience on Fridays skews very old. Always includes a story aimed at seniors / pensioners, usually as the lead item.

  3. Shiraz August 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm -

    The version shown on Foxtel had a very big overseas and particularly USA focus, but many things from the 80′s transcend countries such as the Walkman, Car Phone etc. I grew up in the 80′s, so it was funny looking back at people, events, things etc from that time. You sort of find yourself smiling a lot and saying “oh yeah, I remember that”.

  4. pahmer August 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm -

    Speaking of nostalgia, did anyone see that ACA story the other day with Ray Martin and Geoff Harvey? I didn’t quite understand the point of airing the story, so I wondered if Nine are thinking of bringing back the Midday show….considering Ten are rebooting daytime television.

  5. carolemorrissey August 21, 2013 at 6:44 am -

    This look like a great show, I love nostalgic shows like this. Despite a lot of people bagging it, I loved 20 to 1.

  6. dede August 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm -

    I thought at first I might watch it…then saw the picture of Richard Wilkins…..Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  7. tomothyd August 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm -

    Thanks for the warning, I didn’t realise it was a 20-1 style show. Won’t bother with it now. I don’t want to hear Channel Nine on air presenters and retired sports players telling me what they liked about the 80′s.

  8. Confetti_Dreams August 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm -

    I loved this series and when I saw the promos for this on nine and saw the name change I had a feeling there were going to add an Australian content I think I well watch it again just to see what happened in Australia during that time

  9. James August 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm -

    @deedeedragans, took the words right out of my mouth… me too :(

  10. deedeedragons August 20, 2013 at 5:31 pm -

    I miss 20 to 1.

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