Airdate: The Eighties
8 part series looks back at a decade with everything from MTV & Prince to Reagan and Wall Street.
8 part documentary series The Eighties will debut, made by the producers of the Emmy nominated The Sixties and The Seventies.
It looks at how a decade including the Cold War, AIDS crisis, Ronald Reagan and Steve Jobs impacted on America.
SBS also screens Germany’s acclaimed Cold War drama Deutschland ’83 from Thursday February 9.
The world held its breath as the Cold War between two nuclear superpowers came to a near miraculous and peaceful end. But the world also learned of a mysterious virus that defied a cure and triggered a global pandemic. Wall Street brokers became the new rock stars as the stock market soared and the sluggish ‘70s turned into the ‘go-go’ ‘80s. But the economic boom led to material excess and corruption, prompting some to view the 1980s as a second gilded age. The personal computer was born and a technological revolution began.
The music world discovered hip-hop, MTV, Prince and U2, but lost John Lennon. Shows likes Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, and Cheers brought new sophistication to televised storytelling, but everyone still wondered, “Who shot J.R.?” And throughout the decade, Ronald Reagan left his mark as few public figures do, enjoying unprecedented popularity and electoral success, but also enduring a White House scandal that nearly derailed his presidency.
Wednesday, 8 February at 8.30pm on SBS.