BEST 80s Christmas TV Specials! Bad hair, terrible music & more…

by Lisa McGarry
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Radio Times cover from 1987 courtesy of Radio Times

Radio Times cover from 1987 courtesy of Radio Times

The eighties for me – speaking as a person who has Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine and Type O Negative on her mp3 player – was a time of torture musically and as the clip at the bottom of this post, from Top of the Pops Christmas special from 1983 ably demonstrates, I had every reason to be horrified…

It makes me shudder…

Christmas 1984 was dominated by the Band Aid single, Do They Know It’s Christmas. Here it is complete with horrifically big hair and appalling jackets pushed up the forearms of the super-cool artists of the time..

The eighties show Strike It Lucky, hosted by Michael Barrymore, made several Christmas specials and here’s a clip from one of them with lots of little kids being very cute

And do you remember TV AM the forerunner to GMTV? Here’s a clip from Christmas Day in the eighties but you have to fast forward the first 60 seconds or so to get to it. In it, Anne Diamond remarks that she doesn’t really like mince pies. She later went on to become very fond indeed of pies…

If you remember that, you’ll probably recall that TV channels used to close down overnight, so here from 1984 is BBC’s Christmas closedown sequence…

And here’s what you would have watched on BBC1 on Christmas day in 1987

ITV’s Christmas night line up that year featured Dennis Norden and Inspector Morse…

The Mike Yarwood show was a vital component to Christmas in the eighties and here he is at the end of his show in 1981. The clip leads on to what’s on ‘Holiday Monday’ on BBC1 including Grange Hill, Val Doonican, Terry and June and Only Fools and Horses

The Two Ronnies also made Christmas over that decade and here’s a clip from their 1982 special…

As did Morcambe and Wise…

The soaps had some brilliant Christmas episodes in the 80s and here’s one of my favourite clips from the scene in Eastenders where Den hands Angie divorce papers…

You may well have received a Sinclair Spectrum in the eighties as a pressie. See it advertised here…

And have a look at the pressies Woolies were trying to sell us in 1983…

Or maybe you bought your festive booze from Asda…

But if you were a kid in the 80s, this He Man and She Ra special was probably on your must-see list…

Do you have any fond memories of TV shows at Christmas in the 80s? Leave your comments below…

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