In Focus 1982

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1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1982nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 982nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 82nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1980s decade.


Music in Focus


   20 January – Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat thrown at him during a performance, mistaking it for a toy.[1]
26 April – Rod Stewart is mugged in Los Angeles, California. Stewart loses his $50,000 Porsche to the mugger, but was not hurt.
15 May - "A Little Peace" becomes the 500th UK No.1 single.
26 May – The Rolling Stones open their European tour in Aberdeen, Scotland.
28 August - Eric Burdon gets arrested after a show at the Rockpalast in Cologne
22 September – The Who begin their only formally announced "farewell" tour in Washington, D.C.
5 November – First broadcast of The Tube on Channel 4.


Number 1 singles in 1982


Date 	Artist/s 	Title 	Label 	Weeks At #1
16th January 	Bucks Fizz 	The Land Of Make Believe 	RCA 	2
30th January 	Shakin' Stevens 	Oh Julie 	Epic 	1
6th February 	Kraftwerk 	The Model 	EMI 	1
13th February 	Jam 	A Town Called Malice 	Polydor 	3
6th March 	Tight Fit 	The Lion Sleeps Tonight 	Jive 	3
27th March 	Goombay Dance Band 	Seven Tears 	Epic 	3
17th April 	Bucks Fizz 	My Camera Never Lies 	RCA 	1
24th April 	Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder 	Ebony And Ivory 	Parlophone 	3
15th May 	Nicole 	A Little Peace 	CBS 	2
29th May 	Madness 	House Of Fun 	Stiff 	2
12th June 	Adam Ant 	Goody Two Shoes 	CBS 	2
26th June 	Charlene 	I've Never Been To Me 	Motown 	1
3rd July 	Captain Sensible 	Happy Talk 	A&M 	2
17th July 	Irene Cara 	Fame 	RSO 	3
7th August 	Dexy's Midnight Runners 	Come On Eileen 	Mercury/ Phonogram 	4
4th September 	Survivor 	Eye Of The Tiger 	Scotti Bros 	4
2nd October 	Musical Youth 	Pass The Dutchie 	MCA 	3
23rd October 	Culture Club 	Do You Really Want To Hurt Me 	Virgin 	3
13th November 	Eddy Grant 	I Don't Wanna Dance 	Ice 	3
4th December 	Jam 	Beat Surrender 	Polydor 	2
18th December   Renee And Ronato 	Save Your Love 	Hollywood 	4


Best selling singles of 1982


PositionArtist/sTitleHighest PositionWeeks At #1
1Dexy’s Midnight RunnersCome On Eileen14
2Irene CaraFame13
3SurvivorEye Of The Tiger14
4Culture ClubDo You Really Want To Hurt Me13
5Tight FitThe Lion Sleeps Tonight13
6Musical YouthPass The Dutchie13
7Eddy GrantI Don’t Wanna Dance13
8Goombay Dance BandSeven Tears13
9Paul McCartney & Stevie WonderEbony & Ivory13
10The JamTown Called Malice /Precious13


Best selling Albums of 1982


1Barbra StreisandLove Songs
2The Kids From FameThe Kids From Fame
3MadnessComplete Madness
4ABCLexicon Of Love
5Duran DuranRio
6John LennonThe John Lennon Collection
7Dire StraitsLove Over Gold
8Haircut One HundredPelican West
9The Human LeagueDare
10Roxy MusicAvalon


Movies of 1982



Televison in 1982




  • February – The first-ever 3D broadcast in the UK is screened by Television South. The programme includes excerpts of test footage shot by Philips in the Netherlands. Red/green 3D glasses were given away free with copies of the TV Times listings magazine, but the 3D sections of the programme were shown in monochrome.


  • 5 March – The BBC is given permission by the Government to start broadcasting television programmes on two satellite channels from early 1986. Ultimately, however, the channels were not launched.
  • 28 March – The British television premiere of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me on ITV.





  • 9 July – British television premiere of science-fiction horror film Alien on ITV.


  • August – Test broadcasts commence for Channel 4 and S4C. These mainly consist of showing the IBA‘s testcard ETP-1.


  • 20 September – The first showing of BBC Schools‘ first computer generated ident takes place.


  • 3–9 October – As part of its coverage of the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the BBC broadcasts a two-hour breakfast programme Breakfast with Brisbane. The programme includes regular news summaries. This is the first time the BBC has broadcast a scheduled news bulletin at breakfast and comes three months ahead of the launch of Breakfast Time.
  • 10 October – Boys from the Blackstuff premieres on BBC2 (last episode was shown on 7 November).
  • 17 October – First showing on British television of Lord of the Flies on BBC2.
  • 24 October – British television premiere of Star Wars on ITV.


  • 1 November – S4C, the first Welsh language TV service is launched.
  • 2 November – Channel 4 starts broadcasting in the UK at 4:45pm. The first programme shown is the game show Countdown, which, barring the news, is the only programme from the launch night that is still running today. The first ever episode of Brookside is broadcast. The programme was shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:00pm.
  • 3 November – Television debut of the nostalgic coming-of-age film P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang on Channel 4, a film produced by David Puttnam as part of the First Love series.
  • 5 November – Debut of Channel 4’s innovative music programme The Tube.
  • 9 November – The first edition of anarchic sitcom The Young Ones starring Rik Mayall is transmitted on BBC2.
  • November/December – A dispute over new technology forces Border Television to close for around a month.


  • 2 December – 10.2 million viewers saw a classic comedy scene from the Only Fools and Horses episode “A Touch of Glass” in which the Trotters accidentally smash a priceless chandelier.
  • 23 December – Service Information is broadcast on BBC2 for the final time.
  • 27 December – British television premiere of the James Bond film film Moonraker on ITV.
  • December – ITV conducts a national 3D experiment, with red/blue glasses allowing colour 3D to be shown for the first time. The programme, an episode of the weekly science magazine The Real World (produced by TVS) is shown on a weekday evening, and repeated that weekend on Sunday afternoon, followed by a rare screening of the Western Fort Ti starring George Montgomery and Joan Vohs.

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