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Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Music

Summary

Midge Ure and Kim Appleby explore the distinct sounds that came out of different parts of Britain and Ireland in one of pop's golden decades.

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Episode 2: Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland

Summary

Midge Ure and Kim Appleby explore the sounds that came from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. They start in Glasgow with the American influences that shaped a substantial part of Scottish music, look at the punk and folk backdrop to Irish music and, finally, delve into the Welsh merger of folk and punk. The programme features evocative archive, music and interviews with significant figures of the era including Bob Geldof, Clare Grogan from Altered Images, Pat Kane from Hue and Cry, Moya Brennan of Clannad and Mike Peters from legendary Welsh band the Alarm.
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Review

Hop in the car for another jolly road trip with Midge Ure and Kim Appleby as they do a kind of Who Do You Think You Are? of British pop. This week they head for Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

In Glasgow Appleby looks wistfully across the River Clyde before we meet Altered Images’ Clare Grogan, who was such a bouncy, cheery presence during the early 1980s with mega-hits Happy Birthday and I Could Be Happy.

They were fun times, says Grogan, that were full of naivete, resilience and “a desperate desire to show off.” Oddly, there’s barely a mention of Simple Minds, but Orange Juice (the sublime Rip It Up) and Aztec Camera (Oblivious) are here.

In Ireland, Ure meets his old mate Bob Geldof as they reminisce about Band Aid and the contribution of the then little known U2 and “the giant soul of Bono”.

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Credits

Cast

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PresenterMidge Ure
PresenterKim Appleby
ContributorBob Geldof
ContributorClare Grogan
ContributorPat Kane
ContributorMoya Brennan
ContributorMike Peters

Crew

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Executive producerAndrew Sheldon
Series directorRick Goodwin
Series producerPaul Murray

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  • Episode 2

    Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Map of Britain and Ireland

    Summary

    Midge Ure and Kim Appleby explore the sounds that came from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. They start in Glasgow with the American influences that shaped a substantial part of Scottish music, look at the punk and folk backdrop to Irish music and, finally, delve into the Welsh merger of folk and punk. The programme features evocative archive, music and interviews with significant figures of the era including Bob Geldof, Clare Grogan from Altered Images, Pat Kane from Hue and Cry, Moya Brennan of Clannad and Mike Peters from legendary Welsh band the Alarm.
    Recommended

    Review

    Hop in the car for another jolly road trip with Midge Ure and Kim Appleby as they do a kind of Who Do You Think You Are? of British pop. This week they head for Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

    In Glasgow Appleby looks wistfully across the River Clyde before we meet Altered Images’ Clare Grogan, who was such a bouncy, cheery presence during the early 1980s with mega-hits Happy Birthday and I Could Be Happy.

    They were fun times, says Grogan, that were full of naivete, resilience and “a desperate desire to show off.” Oddly, there’s barely a mention of Simple Minds, but Orange Juice (the sublime Rip It Up) and Aztec Camera (Oblivious) are here.

    In Ireland, Ure meets his old mate Bob Geldof as they reminisce about Band Aid and the contribution of the then little known U2 and “the giant soul of Bono”.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterMidge Ure
    PresenterKim Appleby
    ContributorBob Geldof
    ContributorClare Grogan
    ContributorPat Kane
    ContributorMoya Brennan
    ContributorMike Peters

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerAndrew Sheldon
    Series directorRick Goodwin
    Series producerPaul Murray
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