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1980s Television Quiz


  1. What was the name of the secretary who had an affair with Ken Barlow in 1989 which led to his first divorce from Deirdre?
  2. What was the name of Blake Carrington's former wife, played by Joan Collins?
  3. Who did Rodney first meet in the episode called "Yuppy Love"?
  4. Thomas Magnum lived on a beachfront estate at the invitation of its owner, can you remember the owner's name?
  5. Stephen Fry has written that Diana, Princess of Wales commented about which programme: "They hate it of course. I absolutely adore it."?

  6. Bar owner and head bartender Sam Malone used to play professionally for which team?
  7. Which series starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold?
  8. Which series featured the character Joyce Davenport, played by Veronica Hamel?
  9. Hi-de-Hi! was set in which fictional holiday camp?
  10. Which American sitcom has a cast including Bea Arthur and Betty White?
  11. Detective Sonny Crockett lived on a sailboat with his pet called Elvis - what sort of animal was Elvis?
  12. Which series created by television executive Reg Watson was said to have been inspired by prime-time soaps Dallas and Dynasty?
  13. Which fictional writer solved murders in the town of Cabot Cove, Maine?
  14. In which year was the very first episode of EastEnders broadcast?
  15. What was the name of Michael Knight's car in Knight Rider?
  16. Which British sitcom written by Carla Lane was broadcast on BBC2 from 1978 to 1983, and featured the middle-class Parkinson family?
  17. Which cartoon was a spin-off of the British animated television series Danger Mouse?
  18. What did Al Bundy do for a living in Married with Children?
  19. Which now famous actor played a tractor driver collecting manure in an episode of Ever Decreasing Circles?
  20. In the opening sequence of which American series does the announcer says "This is the story of two sisters - Jessica Tate and Mary Campbell"?
  21. Which American series is centered on the Conners, a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited income?
  22. Bodie and Doyle worked for which British law enforcement department?
  23. What was the nickname of Norman Stebson who was a student at Grange Hill from 1980 to 1983?
  24. What were the first names of "the Duke boys" in The Dukes of Hazzard? (Two answers needed)
  25. In Minder, the characters often drank at which local members-only club?
  26. In 1987 a female vocalist of the Mamas and the Papas joined which soap series?
  27. What was the opening theme song of the Vietnam War series Tour of Duty?
  28. A recurring theme, what was BA afraid of in the A-Team?
  29. Which 1980s British sitcom starred Richard O'Sullivan as a widower bringing up his adolescent daughter?
  30. Who played Clayton Farlow, a fictional character in the American television series Dallas?
  31. Who played Albert Collyer, forced into retirement after 50 years as a pottery worker, in the sitcom Young at Heart?
  32. Which children's game show, hosted by Christopher Biggins and set in the jungle, was broadcast from 1982 until 1984?
  33. The lyrics of which American programme's theme tune made several references to major film stars of the day, including Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, and Clint Eastwood?
  34. Which American police drama TV program starred William Shatner in the title role as a veteran police sergeant?
  35. Can you name the fictional coastal town featured in the Australian soap opera, Home and Away?
  36. The ex-wife of US President Ronald Reagan starred in which American prime time television soap opera?
  37. What was the name of the village store in the fictional village of Glendarroch?
  38. Which actor played Graham Lodsworth, the illegitimate son of Dolly Skilbeck, who appeared briefly in Emmerdale Farm in December 1986?
  39. Ray Smith played Chief Superintendent Gordon Spikings in which British television crime drama?
  40. Which music show made its debut on Channel 4 in 1982 and ran for five series?
  41. What was the nickname of prison officer Joan Ferguson in Prisoner: Cell Block H?


  1. Wendy Crozier
  2. Alexis
  3. Cassandra
  4. Robin Masters
  5. Spitting Image
  6. Boston Red Sox (the TV progeamme is Cheers)
  7. The Wonder Years
  8. Hill Street Blues
  9. Maplins
  10. The Golden Girls
  11. An alligator
  12. Sons and Daughters
  13. Jessica Fletcher
  14. 1985 (19 February)
  15. KITT
  16. Butterflies
  17. Count Duckula
  18. Women's shoe salesman
  19. Ray Winstone
  20. Soap
  21. Roseanne
  22. CI5
  23. Gripper
  24. Bo and Luke
  25. Winchester Club
  26. Knots Landing (Michelle Phillips)
  27. Paint It Black (recorded in 1966 by the Rolling Stones)
  28. Flying
  29. Me and My Girl
  30. Howard Keel
  31. Sir John Mills
  32. On Safari
  33. The Fall Guy
  34. T.J. Hooker
  35. Summer Bay
  36. Falcon Crest
  37. Blair's store (Take the High Road)
  38. Ross Kemp (Emmerdale Farm's title was changed to Emmerdale on 14 November 1989)
  39. Dempsey and Makepeace
  40. The Tube
  41. The Freak