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The Big Fat Quiz of the 80s
4 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It was good to see another edition of the show that plays out like a pub quiz, this was the first part of another three shows based on the popular decades that brought about many talked about events in the 1980's, the 1990's and the 2000's, and this was a great show to watch and have fun with. Hosted by Jimmy Carr, with celebrity panellists in three teams, the players were Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Donovan, Blue Peter and Going Live! presenter Sarah Greene, Phil Jupitus and David Mitchell, this quiz decade the 1980's with all sorts of questions to answer about the ten years about headlines, music, television, movies, lifestyle (fads, fashions, technology and toys), adverts and their slogans or catchphrases, people and scandals. These questions are asked as they are, with video and sound clips, with pictures (including Say What You See), and by celebrity and mystery guests on screen or in the studio, so it really does feel like a proper quiz that you can take part in. Events in the 1980's that were questioned and joked about included: Space Raiders video game, actor President Ronald Reagan, the first London Marathon, the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Treasure Hunt, Sir Richard Branson in his hot air balloon, Mary Whitehouse, The Elephant Man, Michael Jackson, Mohamed Al-Fayed buying Harrods, The A-Team, Blind Date, Madonna married to Sean Penn, Dirty Dancing, Jools Holland swearing live on TV, Birdseye Potato Waffles, Um Bongo, Sade, leg warmers, Margaret Thatcher, Mr. Freeze Ice Pops, the Soda Stream, Neighbours, Kylie Minogue, a child calling Going Live" and calling Five Star "f***ing crap" (the clip features young Michael McIntyre), the miners' strike, Thundercats,the Salmonella virus, Michael Fagan sitting at the end of the Queen's bed, the search for the Loch Ness Monster, Edwina Currie, Duran Duran, Guns N' Roses, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Wham being the first Western band to play in China, Michael Jackson trying to the bones of The Elephant Man for $1 million, the song "Oops Upside Your Head" by The Gap Band with the famous dance on the floor, the song "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler, Miami Vice, Bullseye, the cancellation of Doctor Who, The Wombles, David Bowie in the opening of The Snowman, the lesbian protest live on the news with Nicholas Witchell, RoboCop, Annie, Flashdance, sweets such as Cola Cubes and Wham bars, My Little Pony, the mobile phone, VHS and Betamax, the launch of Channel 4, the song "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, the Rubik's Cube, Red Nose Day/Comic Relief, TV-AM, VCR (video cassette recorder), Apple computers, hair mousse, Lord Sir Andrew Llyod Webber and Starlight Express, Pacman, the Shredded Wheat "Bet You Can't Eat Three" advert, an advert for milk, the Yellow Pages "Fly Fishing by J.R. Hartley" advert, John Lennon being shot dead, John McEnroe in Tennis convinced the ball was in and shouting "you cannot be serious", Blackadder, Neil Kinnock trying to avoid a wave and tripping over on a beach, the Chippendales, Michael Jordan fined for wearing brand sneakers, Hurricane Higgins, acid house parties, the first nudist beach in Brighton, the police seizing thousands of video nasties (films like The Evil Dead, Cannibal Holocaust, I Spit on Your Grave and The Driller Killer), the song "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood being the longest number one of the 80's lasting 9 weeks, the most bankable actor of the 80's being Harrison Ford (in the Star Wars trilogy and the Indiana Jones trilogy), and the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana being the most watched live event on TV with 21.7 million viewers. Other celebrity and special mystery guests in the show included the children of Goldsmith Community Hall in Lewisham who act out a well known news story, John Craven who reads news related to lyrics from a song of the decade, Bullseye host Jim Bowen, The Krypton Factor host Gordon Burns, Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog, Charles Dance who reads passages from a celebrity autobiography of the decade (Charles 'Chas' Hodges of Chas & Dave), T'Pau singer Carol Decker, Stelios Havatsias who appeared as a baby on L'Infant (man and baby) Athena posters, Anneka Rice, Blackadder actor Tony Robinson, Toyah Wilcox and Kym Wilde. The jokes and the questions are what make this show so much fun, they chose the right celebrity panellists, and it also works as a funny way to reminisce on the years good and bad for a great channel, a great comedy quiz show. Very good!

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