Smashing Hits! The 80s Pop Road Map

BBC Four

Iconic 80s pop stars Midge Ure and Kim Appleby set out on a mission to discover the distinct sounds that emerged from all over Britain and Ireland in one of pop’s golden decades.


Smashing Hits! The Pop Map of Britain and Ireland is a celebration of the creativity behind a golden decade for British and Irish music.

From London’s New Romantics to the madness of late 80s Madchester; from ska in Coventry to Glasgow’s penchant for country-influenced music; from Sheffield’s electro noiseniks to Ireland’s Celtic mysticism – this was a decade of great music emerging from distinct local scenes.

Midge Ure from Ultravox and Kim Appleby of Mel and Kim fame are the guides for our tour of the 80s pop map – meeting friends old and new, exploring the new technology that inspired musical innovations set against a soundtrack featuring some of the finest songs of the 80s.

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