1983

Top Selling Singles

  1. Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
  2. Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
  3. UB40 – Red Red Wine
  4. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  5. Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
  6. Spandau Ballet – True
  7. Men at Work – Down Under
  8. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  9. The Flying Pickets – Only You
  10. 10 “All Night Long (All Night)” Lionel Richie

Christmas No.1: The Flying Pickets – Only You

Top Selling Albums

  1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  2. Paul Young – No Parlez
  3. Culture Club – Colour by Numbers
  4. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
  5. Wham! – Fantastic
  6. Spandau Ballet – True
  7. Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music
  8. Elaine Paige – Stages
  9. Genesis – Genesis
  10. Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down

At the Box Office

  1. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  2. Octopussy
  3. Superman III
  4. Never Say Never Again
  5. Gandhi
  6. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
  7. An Officer and a Gentleman
  8. Tootsie
  9. Monty Pythons the Meaning of Life
  10. Flashdance

Cost of Living

Average house price£36,000
Average salary £8,000
Average car price
Petrol £1.76 / 44p litre
Pint of beer 67p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes £1.00
Pint of milk 21p

In the News

  • Seatbelt use for drivers and front seat passengers becomes mandatory,
  • Dismembered sets of human remains are found at a block of flats in Muswell Hill, North London. 37-year-old civil servant Dennis Nilsen is arrested on suspicion of murder.
  • Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi wins eight Academy Awards
  • The one pound coin introduced in England and Wales.
  • Wheel clamps are first used to combat illegal parking in London
  • Neil Kinnock escapes uninjured when his Ford Sierra overturns on the M4 motorway in Berkshire.
  • July – Much of the country embraces a heatwave as temperatures reach 33 °C in London.
  • The first United States cruise missiles arrive at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire amid protests from peace campaigners at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.
  • Brink’s-Mat robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brink’s-Mat vault at Heathrow Airport. Only a fraction of the gold is ever recovered, and only two men are convicted of the crime
  • First heart and lung transplant carried out in Britain at Harefield
  • Six people are killed in the Harrods bombing

On the Telly

  • CITV – Children’s ITV is launched
  • First British breakfast time television programme, Breakfast Time, broadcast on BBC1.
  • TV-am broadcasts for the first time
  • An episode of ITV’s animated series Danger Mouse has viewing figures reaching 21.59 million, an all-time high for a British children’s programme.
  • The first episode of historical sitcom Blackadder is broadcast on BBC One.
  • ITV launches Blockbusters, a game show hosted by Bob Holness and featuring sixth formers as its contestants.
  • Debut: Cheers,Knight Rider, Roland Rat, T.J Hooker, The A-Team and Bananaman
  • Bob Monkhouse presents his last episode of Family Fortunes on ITV – Max Bygraves becomes the new host
  • After 14 years on the air, the final edition of Nationwide is broadcast on BBC1
  • Still watching: Dallas, Remington Steele, Just Good Friends, Sons and Daughters, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Up the Elephant and Round the Castle, Mr & Mrs and Rentaghost

Top Selling Christmas Toys

  • Care Bears – £16.75 
  • Cabbage Patch Kids Doll – £14.91 
  • G.I. Joe APC – £5.96 
  • My Little Pony – £3.55 
  • Rainbow Brite – £12.99

Gadgets

  • The compact disc (CD) goes on sale in the United Kingdom
  • Designer and entrepreneur James Dyson produces his prototype vacuum cleaner.

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