1980 TV

1980 saw the final appearance of Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) in Coronation Street.

It also saw the ITV documentary Death of a Princess which caused a major diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia. Police drama Juliet Bravo first saw light of day with Stephanie Turner as Inspector Jean Darblay.

Comedy show Hi-de-Hi! was also given its debut. Written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, writers of such classics as Dad’s Army and It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, the show was based at a fictional 50’s Holiday Camp, Maplins, based loosely, one supposes, on Butlins or Pontins. The show’s stars included Ruth Madoc as Gladys Pugh, Simon Cadell as Prof. Jeffrey Fairbrother, Paul Shane as camp (as in holiday camp) comic, Ted Bovis and his sidekick / fall-guy Spike Dixon, played by Jeffrey Holland.

We also saw Yes, Minister for the first time. Written by Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, and starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds, it was reputedly Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s favourite programme.

1980 also saw debuts for Family Fortunes and Play Your Cards Right, Take The High Road, The Gentle Touch and Button Moon.

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