Dire Straits: Money for Nothing

Iconic British rock band Dire Straits enjoyed sales of more than one million records, becoming one of the world's biggest stadium artists and spending more than 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart. Formed in 1977, they provided an alternative to punk with their stripped-down sound, demonstrating roots that had emerged from pub rock. Their album, Brothers in Arms, released in 1985, is the eighth best-selling album in the history of the charts, according to the Guinness Book of World Records....
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The Avengers: Kinky Boots

The Avengers was one of the cult television series of the 1960s, starring Patrick Macnee as suave secret agent John Steed, who was accompanied in his crime-fighting endeavours by a succession of glamorous assistants. Produced by ABC Television, it ran for six seasons and 161 episodes, spanning eight years, from 7th January 1961 until 21st May 1969. The series was initially filmed in black and white, but after 25 episodes, it was finally filmed in colour. It became so popular that it was...
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Kirsty MacColl: There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop

Singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was one of Britain's brightest stars of the new wave scene in the 1980s. The Croydon-born star had a multitude of hit singles and albums and was renowned for her no-nonsense approach to recording music and her ability to get the best out of everyone. The daughter of folk singer and playwright Ewan McColl and dancer Jean Newlove, Kirsty grew up with her mother in Croydon after her parents separated. As a pupil at John Newnham High School, she was interested ...
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The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go Bowling

Produced for ABC by Hanna-Barbera, The Flintstones is an American cartoon set in the Stone Age. It depicts the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, who are next-door neighbours in the fictional town of Bedrock. The show's humour stems from the fact that its version of the Stone Age is more like suburban America in the mid-20th century, although with primitive technology. Continue Reading

Fiddler on the Roof: If I were a Rich Man

The American musical, Fiddler on the Roof, tells the story of Tevye, an impoverished Jewish milkman with five daughters, living in Imperial Russia at the turn of the 20th century in the Pale of Settlement. This was a western region of Russia, where Jewish people were permitted to reside. In the early 20th century, they were not allowed to live outside specific regions and life was very tough for people of the Jewish faith. Tevye is struggling to maintain his cultural and religious tradi...
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Elvis Presley: Blue Suede Shoes

The king of rock 'n' roll, Elvis Presley, remains an iconic figure today, despite his untimely death in August 1977, at the age of just 42. He was at the height of his success when he suffered a fatal heart attack at his Memphis home, Graceland, 41 years ago.   Early years Born in January 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis at the age of 13 with his family. They attended the Assembly of God church, where the young Elvis was first inspired to m...
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The Devil Wears Prada

The multi award-winning comedy film, The Devil Wears Prada, was based on a 2003 novel of the same name by Lauren Weisberger. It revolves around the staff of a fictional fashion magazine in New York, whose monstrous editor makes her employees' life a misery with her excessive demands and humiliating treatment of just about everyone. Ambitious young journalist, Andrea,  joins Runway magazine fresh out of university. Even though she despises the "shallow" fashion industry, she ends up becomin...
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Baggy Trousers: Madness

Exploding on to the music scene in the late 1970s, as part of the post-punk boom in British music, Madness’ brand of ska struck a chord with fans and their debut single in 1979, The Prince, was a surprise hit, reaching number 16 in the UK chart. The band had started out in 1976, under the name The North London Invaders, but by the time they signed for 2 Tone Records, they had experienced several personnel and name changes. Their first appearance on Top of the Pops performing The Prince (a ...
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