1985

Top Selling Singles

  1. Jennifer Rush – The Power of Love
  2. Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – I Know Him So Well
  3. Madonna – Into the Groove
  4. Paul Hardcastle – 19
  5. Sister Sledge – Frankie
  6. David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing in the Street
  7. Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer
  8. Feargal Sharkey – A Good Heart
  9. a-ha – Take On Me
  10. King – Love and Pride

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Top Selling Albums

  1. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
  2. Phil Collins – No Jacket Required
  3. Madonna – Like a Virgin
  4. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.
  5. Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair
  6. Various Artists – Now 6
  7. Various Artists – Now The Christmas Album
  8. Various Artists – Now 5
  9. Various Artists – Hits 2
  10. Paul Young – The Secret of Association

At the Box Office

  1. Back to the Future
  2. A View to a Kill
  3. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
  4. Rambo: First Blood Part II
  5. Santa Claus: The Movie
  6. Beverly Hills Cop
  7. Passage to India
  8. Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome
  9. Amadeus
  10. Witness

Cost of Living

Average house price£43,000
Average salary
Average car price Ford Sierra 1.3 £5,788
Petrol £2.00 Gallon (50p/litre)
Pint of beer 77p
Packet of 20 Cigarettes £1.15
Pint of milk 23p

In the News

  • The first mobile phone network in the UK was launched by Vodafone.
  • The Sinclair C5, a battery-assisted tricycle, designed by the British inventor Clive Sinclair is launched.
  • A debate in the House of Lords is televised for the first time
  • Eastenders makes its debut
  • The year-long miners strike comes to an end
  • Mohammed Al Fayed buys the London-based department store company Harrods.
  • The Dire Straits album Brothers in Arms is released; it becomes the first compact disc to sell over 1,000,000 copies
  • The fourteenth James Bond film – A View to a Kill – is released, marking the seventh and final appearance by Roger Moore
  • Live Aid pop concerts in London and Philadelphia raise over £50,000,000 for famine relief in Ethiopia
  • The first UK heart-lung transplant is carried out at the Harefield Hospital in Middlesex.
  • The wreck of the Titanic is located

On the Telly

  • Brookside
  • Miami Vice
  • Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
  • Howards Way
  • Telly Addicts (Noel Edmonds)
  • Dempsey and Makepeace
  • C.A.T.S. Eyes (Spin off of The Gentle Touch)
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole
  • Blind Date
  • The Cosby Show

Top Selling Christmas Toys

  • Teddy Ruxpin – £57.99
  • Pillow People – £8.99
  • Trivial Pursuit – £8.99
  • Care Bear Desk – £18.43
  • Wuzzles – £11.06 (plush toys was based on a Disney cartoon series that first aired in 1985.)

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