I Love 1989

Saturday, March 24, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Nothing really special happened in 1989 until after it finished. Read more

I Love 1988

Saturday, March 17, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Alright, let’s start with that assumption. Do I love 1988? Read more

I Love 1987

Saturday, March 10, 2001 by · Comments Off 

I’m just rummaging round the back of the fridge for a lager. There we go. Getting ready for I Love 1987.

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I Love 1986

Saturday, March 3, 2001 by · Comments Off 

1986 was the year when my family finally decided to buy a video recorder. My dad suggested to my mum that she could record the recipes off Pages from Ceefax and have herself a kind televisual recipe reference cassette. My mum suggested that a better option might be to simply purchase a cookery book. Not long after my parents separated. Read more

I Love 1985

Saturday, February 24, 2001 by · Comments Off 

1985 – the year my voice broke. Well, not quite, but definitely the year I started to feel the first pangs of pre-pubescent lust, indulging in clandestine kisses with Louise Meadows under the oak tree in the village cricket green.

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I Love 1984

Saturday, February 17, 2001 by · Comments Off 

What’s a TV producer to do? They put together a fairly harmless package of easy-going nostalgia for a Saturday night, and suddenly they’re accused of being part of a conspiracy, hellbent on undermining this country’s shared heritage. Read more

I Love 1983

Saturday, February 10, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Unlike other reviewers, I singularly failed to recall any significant memories from 1983. So it was with empty head that I sat down to be entertained by I Love 1983. Read more

I Love 1982

Saturday, February 3, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Before sitting down to watch this programme, I made a conscious effort to recall 1982 as best I could. What did 1982 mean to me? What could my faltering memory recollect? Read more

I Love 1981

Saturday, January 20, 2001 by · Comments Off 

The year 1981 will be remembered for some of the greatest and most visually striking pop music ever to have ascended to the highest peak of the charts. It was entirely appropriate that a key exponent of this – Adam Ant – should have fronted this show; like Marc Bolan a decade earlier, he was a teen idol from the unlikeliest origins, the leading subculture at the end of the previous decade (hippy for Bolan, punk for Adam). Read more

I Love 1980

Saturday, January 13, 2001 by · Comments Off 

Almost with indecent haste Saturday nights on BBC2 have resorted again to nostalgia. After the summer success of I Love the Seventies, it somehow feels appropriate that the altogether murkier ’80s are relived on cold, winter nights. Despite the seasonal change (and the increase to 90 minutes per episode) bedding in for a night of archive footage and talking heads felt rather familiar. In fact, rather too familiar thanks to Sky One’s spoiler series TV Years (focusing on a scatter-gun of years from the ’80s) which covered a lot of the same ground. One of the points of interest here, then, will be to see exactly where I Love the Eighties dovetails and where it diverts from TV Years. Read more