What happened in 1982? - UK

The wreck of Seawise University, formerly RMS Queen Elizabeth in Kong Kong Harbour, 1972
HMS Invincible returns from the Falklands War in 1982
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We look at events, new products, films and music.

In the news

In 1982, Sir Clive Sinclair launched the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer
In 1982, Sir Clive Sinclair launched the Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer
Image by William Warby licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0))

Facts about 1982

For more information see How much did things cost in 1982?

Films

The films that made the most money in the UK in 1972 were:

1982 Top UK Box Office Movies on 25th Frame

Television

These British TV shows debuted in 1982:

Children's TV

Children's TV programmes starting in 1982 included:

Source: The Encyclopaedia of Cult Children's TV by Richard Lewis

Music

Dexys Midnight Runners had the best-selling record of 1982
Dexys Midnight Runners had the best-selling record of 1982. They are seen here in concert at Zurich.
Ueli Frey, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The best-selling pop records of 1982 were:

Source: UK Top 100 Singles by Paul Gambaccini, Tim Rice and Jonathan Rice, published by Guinness in 1993

Sport

Tottenham Hotspur beat Queens Park Rangers to win the FA Cup. Liverpool topped the Football League.

Grittar won the Grand National at Aintree ridden by Dick Saunders. The owner and trainer was Frank H Gilman. The previous year's winner Aldaniti, ridden by Bob Champion, fell at the first fence.

Golden Fleece, ridden by Pat Eddery, won the Derby at Epsom.

Northern Ireland and England took part in the 1982 Football World Cup. Both teams made it to the second stage, but their World Cup dreamed ended there.

Toys

Star Wars Toys were Toy of the Year in 1982.

Other toys and games launched in 1982 included:

Cars

Ford launched the Sierra in 1982
A 1982 Ford Sierra 2.0 Ghia in jade green metallic. Ford launched the Sierra in 1982
Image by Brian Clifford, Public Domain Mark 1.0 - No copyright

Some of the new cars launched for the UK market in 1982 were:

Read more: What were the best selling cars of the 1980s?

Austin cars of the 1980s

Ford cars of the 1980s

References

More on 1982

More on the 1980s

By Steven Braggs, June 2022

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