1979

Top Selling Singles

  1. Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes
  2. Cliff Richard – We Don’t Talk Anymore
  3. Dr Hook – When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
  4. Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric
  5. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
  6. The Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays
  7. Blondie – Heart Of Glass
  8. Lena Martell – One Day At A Time
  9. Blondie – Sunday Girl
  10. Roxy Music – Dance Away

Christmas No.1: PINK FLOYD – ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

Top Selling Albums

  1. SHOWADDYWADDY – GREATEST HITS (1976-1978)
  2. VARIOUS ARTISTS – MIDNIGHT HUSTLE
  3. VARIOUS ARTISTS – DON’T WALK – BOOGIE
  4. GREASE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  5. THE CARPENTERS – THE SINGLES 1974-1978
  6. BONEY M – NIGHTFLIGHT TO VENUS
  7. VARIOUS ARTISTS – EMOTIONS
  8. NEIL DIAMOND – 20 GOLDEN GREATS – NEIL DIAMOND
  9. ROD STEWART – BLONDES HAVE MORE FUN
  10. ELTON JOHN – A SINGLE MAN

At the Box Office

  1. Moonraker
  2. Alien
  3. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  4. Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  5. Every Which Way but Loose
  6. The Black Hole
  7. Apocalypse Now
  8. Quadrophenia (1979)
  9. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
  10. Porridge (1979)

Cost of Living

Average house price£13,650
Average salary
Average car price £3,503
Petrol 98p/Gallon
Pint of beer 46p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes 67p
Pint of milk 15p

In the News

  • Inflation was 17%.
  • Sony launched a portable cassette player called a Walkman, marketed in the US at $200
  • McDonalds introduced Happy Meals.
  • Mother Theresa won the Nobel peace prize
  • China ordered its citizens to have no more than one child
  • Lord Mountbatten was murdered by IRA bombers. (His death set a record audience for a news bulletin, as 26 million viewers watched the coverage on BBC1. Strike action at ITN led to the record viewing figures.)
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s 1st Female PM
  • Space Invaders Hit UK
  • World’s first £1 Million footballer is bought – Trevor Francis bought by Nottingham Forest

On the Telly

  • BBC1 broadcasts the first edition of Blankety Blank hosted by Terry Wogan.
  • The first episode of the children’s television series Worzel Gummidge begins on ITV.
  • Tales of the Unexpected, an Anglia Television series based on the short stories of Roald Dahl, makes its debut on ITV.
  • Robin Day presents the first edition of the long-running political debate programme Question Time on BBC1. The programme continues to air to the present day.
  • The final episode of the comedy series Fawlty Towers is broadcast on BBC2.
  • ITV debuts its comedy drama series Minder starring George Cole and Dennis Waterman.
  • The last episode of the first series of the sitcom To the Manor Born is broadcast on BBC1. It is watched by 23.95 million viewers, the all-time highest figure for a recorded programme in the UK
  • We were also still watching:
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • The Paul Daniels Magic Show
  • Shoestring
  • Terry and June
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Kelly Monteith
  • The Jim Davidson Show
  • Mork & Mindy
  • The Cannon and Ball Show
  • Only When I Laugh
  • Are You Being Served
  • Last of the Summer Wine

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