1981

Top Selling Singles

  1. Human League – Don’t You Want Me
  2. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
  3. Adam & The Ants – Stand & Deliver
  4. Adam & The Ants – Prince Charming
  5. Shakin’ Stevens – This Ole House
  6. Ultravox – Vienna
  7. Michael Jackson – One Day In Your Life
  8. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
  9. Joe Dolce Music Theatre – Shaddup You Face
  10. Tweets – Birdie Song

Christmas No.1: The Human League – Don’t You Want Me?

Top Selling Albums

  1. Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
  2. Queen – Greatest Hits
  3. The Human League – Dare
  4. Phil Collins – Face Value
  5. Shakin’ Stevens – Shaky
  6. The Police – Ghost in the Machine
  7. Cliff Richard – Love Songs
  8. Various Artists -Chart Hits ’81
  9. Adam and the Ants – Prince Charming
  10. John Lennon and Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy

At the Box Office

  1. For Your Eyes Only
  2. Superman II
  3. Arthur
  4. Flash Gordon
  5. Private Benjamin
  6. 9 to 5
  7. Tess
  8. The Jazz Singer
  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  10. Chariots of Fire

Cost of Living

Average house price£24,000
Average salary
Average car price
Petrol 35p/litre
Pint of beer 51p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes 78p
Pint of milk 18½p

In the News

  • Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan was US President
  • Peter Sutcliffe, a 34-year-old lorry driver from Bradford arrested on 2 January in Sheffield, is charged with being the notorious serial killer known as the “Yorkshire Ripper”,
  • The UK wins the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Making Your Mind Up”, sung by Bucks Fizz.
  • The first Sunday games of the Football League take place.
  • The engagement of 32-year-old Charles, Prince of Wales, and 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer is officially announced
  • Homebase opens its first DIY and garden centre superstore, at Croydon
  • Barbados police rescue Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs after his kidnapping in Brazil
  • The first London Marathon is held
  • The 1981 UK Census is conducted.
  • 23-year-old Steve Davis wins the World Snooker Championship for the first time
  • The first performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats takes place
  • Unemployment reaches 2.6million (one in nine of the workforce), and Margaret Thatcher is warned that a further rise is likely.
  • The twelfth James Bond film – For Your Eyes Only – is released in UK cinemas. It is the fifth of seven films to star Roger Moore as James Bond
  • It was a summer of rioting – Margaret Thatcher announces that police will be able to use rubber bullets, water cannons and armoured vehicles
  • Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing John Lennon
  • Filling stations start selling petrol by the litre
  • British Telecom announces that the telegram will be discontinued after 139 years in use.
  • The first case of AIDS in the UK is diagnosed

On the Telly

  • Tom Baker makes his final appearance as the Fourth Doctor
  • Moira Stuart, aged 29, is appointed the BBC’s first black newsreader.
  • First episode of the popular comedy series Only Fools and Horses
  • Debut of Danger Mouse, with the lead character voiced by David Jason;
  • First episode of the gameshow Bullseye.
  • Noele Gordon, eight times winner of the TVTimes award for best actress, leaves Crossroads after playing Meg Richardson since the series began in 1964, having been sacked from the programme.
  • Still watching:
  • Solo, Sorry!, The Chinese Detective, The Day of the Triffids, Fanny by Gaslight, Bergerac, Tenko, The Kenny Everett Television Show, Magnum, P.I.

Top Selling Christmas Toys

  • The Lego Train Set

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