Heartthrobs of the 80s is a Documentary programme.
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Heartthrobs of the 80s
This show continues our series of specials exploring the phenomenon of the bedroom wall poster, and those lucky stars who have held the title of 'teen dream' over the last three decades. This week it's the turn of the 80s: we look at the pop icons immortalised in glossy print, and at the crazes of the era. Focusing on the five biggest pin-up stars of the decade, we start with the wholesome pop trio Bros. They had eight consecutive top ten hits and although they disappeared from pin-up view after they spent all their money, unhindered by their management, their look was dutifully copied by their female fans - ripped jeans, biker jackets and Grolsch bottle tops on their shoes. The phenomenon of the boy band, in its embryonic stage, was furthered by the likes of Wham! and New Kids On The Block.
Although the heart-throb had almost been killed off by punk in the late seventies, the New Romantics brought him back with a vengeance. Who better to act as ambassadors for the cause than Duran Duran? The first major export since The Beatles, with sexy, glossy and expensive videos, their clothes and styles were copied again and again. Another global success was the gender-bender Boy George. The number one pin-up for girls, his style was so original it took off like wildfire. Other trendsetters of the time included the stars of Aussie soaps; Michael Jackson; and of course, the queen of them all, Madonna. The style and pop guru of a good few decades, it was in the 80s that Madge really carved her niche. Her image changed every week and she represented a strong sense of sexuality, which brings us to another of the pin-up successes of the decade: the emergence of the big stars of Page Three. Samantha Fox, Linda Lusardi and Maria Whittaker graced the workshop walls of many a garage mechanic in the 80s.
Tune in to relive the trends of the decade and see what some of your blu-tak bound heroes are doing now.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
Database last updated: 18 January - 19:25