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Mini Series of the 80s - Best Ever?

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cerealqueen Fri 02-May-14 22:34:30

For some reason tonight I'm remembering all those wonderful mini series of the 80s. Maybe they were a bank holiday thing? Why don't they make them like that anymore, or do they and I have missed them?

I'm trying to recall my favourites:

Woman of Substance and Hold the Dream
Thorn Birds
Princess Daisy
Return to Eden (most over the top but fantastic!)

What others?

TitchyCooPark Sat 03-May-14 00:12:13


Winds of War
Tanamera, about the fall of Singapore
Restless with Robson Green (perhaps was the 90s)
Kennedys with Martin Sheen
Christabel with Elizabeth Hurley
Flambards (was the 70s)
Clarissa (that was 1991 apparently)

Will think of a few more ....

EasterSundaySimmons Sat 03-May-14 00:14:25

I love Lace. Phoebe Cates was magnificent.

War and Remembrance with jane Seymour as Natalie Henry, loved that.

EasterSundaySimmons Sat 03-May-14 00:15:41

The Martian chronicles.

TheZeeTeam Sat 03-May-14 00:16:36

Day of The Triffids. But that was a real series!

EasterSundaySimmons Sat 03-May-14 00:17:01

Was Small Sacrifices a mini series or a film? With Farrah Fawcett.

EasterSundaySimmons Sat 03-May-14 00:18:03

The life and loves of a she devil. Fantastic!

BorisJohnsonsHairdresser Sat 03-May-14 00:25:07

Do you remember V?

I thought Lace was great.

Yes war and rememberance was one I remember enjoying.

At the time Thorn birds, it is quite creepy now.

The one with Patrick Swazie, in the American civil war.

Little house on the prairie.

There was an Irish one as well, I can't quite remember it now, someone's daughter maybe?

ToothpickCharlie Sat 03-May-14 00:30:32

I have fond memories of Scruples - Lyndsey Wagner & Barry Bostwick.

Preciousbane Sat 03-May-14 00:47:20

The American civil war one was North and South and was fab.

BorisJohnsonsHairdresser Sat 03-May-14 01:11:57

Kirstie Alley's character was quite out there for the time.

Darkesteyes Sat 03-May-14 01:27:27

The Thorn Birds.

Mistrals Daughter.

Was allowed to watch Lace when I was 11 and some of the other girls at school said I looked like Phoebe Cates from the side.

Darkesteyes Sat 03-May-14 01:31:51

and I have this on DVD which I got for a quid in the cheapie bargain bin at Tesco about 7 years ago.

Queenie (Mia Sara from Ferris Bulloer) and Kirk Douglas.

Darkesteyes Sat 03-May-14 01:34:14

I LOVED North and South. Kirstie Alley character was my fave.

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 03-May-14 01:48:17

All the Rivers Run with Sigrid Thornton. I recently bought the DVD as I have been waiting years for it to be repeated with no luck.

Seatedhere Sat 03-May-14 02:03:47

Winds of War and Lace were very good but Return to Eden without a doubt. - frumpy heiress becomes glamorous super model, bitter betrayal by best friend and cad of a husband AND a crocodile attack. What more could you want?

I was a little young to watch it all at the time but my best friend and I found it in the bargain bin at a video store years later. Bliss.

Though I suppose Roots was ok too.wink (technically '70's I know). And I have fond memories of A.D.

BorisJohnsonsHairdresser V was remade quite recently. It was not nearly as good.

Darkesteyes Sat 03-May-14 02:17:50

The original V was a miniseries first. Then they did longer series because I remember staying up for them on a Monday night I remember a young girl in it called Elizabeth who was referred to as the "Starchild " because she had special powers She was half human half alien and grew up at a rate of knots.

Freyathecatt Sat 03-May-14 05:31:56

Sidney Sheldon's 'If Tomorrow Comes'. A-mazing.

HippieInASecondLocation Sat 03-May-14 05:35:53

Anne of Green Gables!

Fathertedfan Sat 03-May-14 07:57:46

Sapphire and steel
Never where
Another vote for life and loves of she devil - I've just bough this on DVD

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Sat 03-May-14 08:08:25

The original V was fabulous, I recently rewatched it and it is still powerful.

Return to Eden was so great, it was australian wasn't it?

BorisJohnsonsHairdresser Sat 03-May-14 14:22:31

I remember the fast growing Elizabeth from V, she had a twin who died.

SaggyAndLucy Sat 03-May-14 17:09:02

I vaguely remember one called "Tales of the Gold Monkey".
There was a sea plane pirate called Jack and a dog with a glass eye called Jake. I'm fairly certain there were Nazis involved, and an older, Ernest Borgnine type sidekick.

SlatternMissesherGrumpyCat Sat 03-May-14 17:48:45

Goodness, this thread is like an A -Z of my childhood tv watching. Anything by Barbara Taylor Bradford or Judith Krantz was worth a watch. I was a huge V fan. I thought I remembered a sequel to East of Eden, but I could be wrong.

DisappointedHorse Sat 03-May-14 17:52:45

For the term of his natural life! Good Mr Dawes was hot.

I loved this and watched it over and over, along with Bangkok Hilton but I'm not sure if that was 80s or 90s?

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