The Death of John Lennon

The Death of John Lennon

The music world was numbed when the news broke that former Beatle John Lennon had been shot and killed outside his New York home in December 1980. Mark Chapman fired five bullets at Lennon from a range of three yards as he was returning to his apartment in the Dakota...
Brezhnev

Brezhnev

The movie Letter to Brezhnev was truly a family affair for the creative Clarke clan of Merseyside. Brookside scriptwriter Frank Clarke wrote the screenplay and his sisters Margi and Angela both played leading roles in the highly acclaimed production. The 1985 romantic...
Bread

Bread

It’s amusing to reflect that one of Liverpool’s most famous TV comedies was based on a bit of cockney rhyming slang. The show was Bread – and it ran on BBC1 from 1986 to 1991 with an audience of 20 million viewers at its peak. The humour revolved around a Dingle...
Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Disc jockey Mike Read did Merseyside band Frankie Goes to Hollywood a huge favour in January 1984. He decided to ban their single Relax from his BBC Radio 1 show after he saw the record cover and read the lyrics. Read thought both were overtly sexual and removed the...
Manchester TV Dramas of the 80s

Manchester TV Dramas of the 80s

It was the TV show billed as the new Coronation Street when it launched to great fanfare on Friday August 30th 1985. Granada had high hopes for it. Set in Salford, they described it as a ‘continuing drama series’ rather than a ‘soap opera’. The TV studios confidently...