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27.5.05

Royal It's A Knockout & A Great Album...

1987 saw Princess Anne appearing in the 2,000th edition of A Question of Sport and The Grand Knockout Tournament. It's A Knockout had been around since the 1960s, but we were creatures of habit when it came to our telly! Still, we had never seen anything like the special Royal edition in June, with Princess Anne appearing on behalf of the Save The Children Fund; Sarah Ferguson for the International Year of Shelter For the Homeless; Prince Edward on behalf of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Project '87 and Prince Andrew on behalf of the World Wildlife Fund.

Looking back, the mid-to-late 1980s seemed full of charitable efforts - telethons and the like - providing a complete contrast to the Yuppie ethos. It seemed odd to see Royalty on It's A Knockout, very odd indeed. A few elderly people I knew were quite shocked by it - imagine Royalty behaving like that!

I thought it was excellent.


New Order - Substance 1987 - in my humble opinion the best dance album ever.