In Focus- 1980

1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap yearstarting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1980th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 980th year of the 2nd millennium, the 80th year of the 20th century, and the 1st year of the 1980s decade.

Music in focus-

Number 1 singles in 1980

Date Artist/s Title Label Weeks At #1
19th January Pretenders Brass In Pocket Mercury 3
2nd February Specials The Special AKA Live 2 Tone 2
16th February Kenny Rogers Coward Of The County United Artists 2
1st March Blondie Atomic Chrysalis 2
15th March Fern Kinney Together We Are Beautiful WEA 1
22nd March Jam Going Underground Polydor 3
12th April Detroit Spinners Working My Way Back To You Atlantic 2
26th April Blondie Call Me Chrysalis 1
3rd May Dexy’s Midnight Runners Geno Parlophone 2
17th May Johnny Logan What’s Another Year Epic 2
31st May MASH Theme From CBS 3
21st June Don McLean Crying EMI 3
12th July Olivia Newton John Xanadu Jet 2
26th July Odyssey Use It Up And Wear It Out RCA 2
9th August ABBA The Winner Takes It All Epic 2
23rd August David Bowie Ashes To Ashes RCA 2
6th September Jam Start Polydor 1
13th September Kelly Marie Feel’s Like I’m In Love Calibre 2
27th September Police Don’t Stand So Close To Me A&M 4
25th October Barbra Streisand Woman In Love CBS 3
15th November Blondie The Tide Is High Chrysalis 2
29th November ABBA Super Trouper Epic 3
20th December John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over Geffen 1
27th December St Winifrid’s School Choir There’s No One Quite Like Grandma MFP 2

Number 1 Albums of 19801

PositionArtist/sTitleHighest PositionWeeks At #1
1The PoliceDon’t Stand So Close To Me14
2Barbra StreisandWoman In Love13
3Kelly MarieFeels Like I’m In Love12
4AbbaSuper Trooper13
5OttowaD I S C O2n/a
6BlondieThe Tide Is High12
7Dexy’s Midnight RunnersGeno12
8Kenny RogersCoward Of The County12
9Fern KinneyTogether We Are Beautiful11
10John Lennon(Just Like) Starting Over11

Movies in 19801

Television in 1980


  • 1 January – A brand new sitcom called Hi-de-Hi! debuts on BBC1.
  • 20 January – The British record TV audience for a film is set when some 23,500,000 viewers tune in for the ITV showing of the James Bond film Live and Let Die, released in 1973 and starring Roger Moore who is now in the process of filming his fifth film as the spy.
  • 28 January – The first edition of Newsnight is broadcast on BBC2. Its launch had been delayed for four months by the Association of Broadcasting Staff, at the time the main BBC trade union.[



  • March – The very first in-vision Ceefax transmissions are broadcast. These consist of three 30-minute transmissions broadcast between 0830 and 0900 on BBC1 and 1000–1030 and 1530–1600 on BBC2. However if BBC2 was transmitting programmes at these times, the channel would broadcast Ceefax pages for the 30 minutes prior to the start of the first programme.



  • 5 May – Both the BBC and ITV interrupt their scheduled programming to broadcast the SAS assault during the Iranian Embassy siege. The coverage launches the careers of several journalists, such as the BBC’s Kate Adie, while ITN Director, David Goldsmith and his team receive a BAFTA for their coverage.




  • No events.



  • 1 October – BBC1’s lunchtime children’s programme is labelled See Saw for the first time.[



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