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Totally… That Was the Year That Was: Totally 1983 (Channel 5 Saturday 30 September 2023)



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Totally… That Was the Year That Was: Totally 1983 airs Saturday 30 September 2023 on Channel 5

What can we expect from this episode

A deep dive into the outrageous year of 1983, revisiting the year’s most extraordinary moments in television, film, the entertainment industry, and politics.

It was the year of a cinematic nuclear showdown, with two competing James Bond films. Bond fans had their pick between the brash Scotsman Sean Connery and the smooth Southerner Roger Moore. By saying things like, “I’d rather have a cup of tea than sex,” charismatic new star Boy George sent the media into a frenzy. The death of legendary singer Karen Carpenter has us pondering the perils of stardom.

And we all remember when the BBC’s Frank Bough and Selina Scott went head-to-head with TV-am’s Famous Five during breakfast. While Triangle went down without a trace, marking the end of the first (and possibly only) nautical soap opera to be filmed at sea.


Drivers learned the importance of safety belts and got worked up about wheel clamps. Vandals dug up the Blue Peter Garden while thieves stole Shergar and made off with the century at the Brink’s Mat. Exactly who was responsible for this heinous act? I 

Photographic “skeletons” in the closet of former Miss America Vanessa Williams caused a stir in the United States. Princess Diana of Wales caused a stir by outshining her husband in Australia. Until a teacher in Bristol fired a warning shot across the Iron Lady’s bows, Margaret Thatcher was untouchable in politics. It was also the year that a small-time forger perpetrated one of the greatest historical hoaxes ever by passing off fake diaries as the Fuhrer’s private writings.

Actor John Thomson, actress Claire Sweeney, Thatcher impersonator Steve Nallon, Blue Peter’s Janet Ellis, and journalist John Sergeant all offer their take on events in this Jan Leeming-narrated special.

Series using BBC archive footage to explore the most startling events of a given year.


Season 1 Episode 2

When can we see the episode

Totally… That Was the Year That Was: Totally 1983 airs Saturday 30 September 2023 at 21:25 on Channel 5

Featured image credit: Channel 5


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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