The 70s (TV series)

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The 70s is a British documentary television series about the 1970s. It is broadcast on BBC Two in four episodes and is presented by Dominic Sandbrook.

Episode 1: Get It On, 70–72[edit]

Air date: 16 April 2012

During this time, home ownership increased and house prices rocketed. More people went abroad on holidays than in previous years. Tens of thousands of Ugandan Asians move to the UK, having been expelled by its dictator Idi Amin. Coalminers caused major problems for the government of Prime Minister Edward Heath.

Episode 2: Doomwatch, 73–74[edit]

Air date: 23 April 2012

During these years, the UK joined what is now the European Union and there were large increases in inflation and the oil price. The sexual revolution gathered pace and environmental awareness became more common.

Episode 3: Goodbye Great Britain, 75–77[edit]

Air date: 30 April 2012

New laws against sex discrimination were introduced, giving women the same rights at work as men. Football hooliganism, the Queen's silver jubilee and punk rock were other features of these years.

Episode 4: The Winner Takes It All, 77–79[edit]

Air date: 7 May 2012


The first episode was watched by around 2.7 million people (an audience share of 10.3%).[1]

Nigel Farndale of the Sunday Telegraph gave it four stars out of five, saying Sandbrook "knows his subject", with the series being entertaining as well as having "a big idea at the core" — that the decade inspired Thatcherism.[2] However, Keith Flett, writing in the Morning Star, felt it gave insufficient weight to political matters such as the major strikes of the period and the rise of the National Front.[3]


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