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Anita Dobson looks back at 1980s TV Calamities

Anita Dobson as Angie Watts in EastEnders, classic episodes can be seen on UKTV's Drama channel

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Anita Dobson looks back at 1980s TV Calamities

When the telly shows of the 1980s had moments they’d rather forget…

Next week Channel 5 look back on the ’80s – a decade filled with great TV, back when viewers in their millions tuned into the likes of Wogan, 3-2-1, Live from her Majesty’s and Taggart, and TV stars were icons and we couldn’t get enough of them.

But was it all as peachy as we remember?

This documentary has the top talent from back in the day including the Green Goddess Diana Moran, dancer Wayne Sleep and Hollywood royalty Stephanie Beacham who relive the moments they’d rather forget in this two-hour special narrated by Queen of the ’80s, Anita Dobson.

Debbie McGee recalls the time Paul Daniels went through a bad spell after a Halloween stunt went too far. As the show faded to black amid chaos in the studio, millions of viewers were left shocked, wondering if their favourite TV magician’s illusion had gone fatally wrong. We’ve got the time man’s best friend turned out to be Des O’Connor’s worst enemy when Elaine Paige’s pooch nipped at the popular chat show host’s trademark nose. And veteran broadcaster Nick Owen recalls the breakfast hash served up by TV-am on Good Morning Britain which includes some less-than-perfect moments from Chris Tarrant and Timmy Mallett.

Other highlights include the toilet sketch that went down the pan for comedy geniuses Kenny Everett and Billy Connolly. BBC Breakfast Time regular Debbie Rix recalls the time she was thrown in at the deep end as a tragedy unfolded live on air and she had to deal with it. Plus, we feature the never-before-seen pilot episode of Channel 4’s Countdown, hosted by a fresh-faced Richard Whiteley, which was beset by bad luck from the start. It’s a miracle the show ever made it on air, let alone lasted 40 years!

Other interviewees include Su Pollard, Vicki Michelle and Blue Peter’s Peter Duncan.

When 80s TV Goes Horribly Wrong coming soon to Channel 5

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