The 70s (TV series)
Episode 1: Get It On, 70–72
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
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
Air date: 30 April 2012
Episode 4: The Winner Takes It All, 77–79
Air date: 7 May 2012
The first episode was watched by around 2.7 million people (an audience share of 10.3%).
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. 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.
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