We all know how this will end ~ the Germans will win on penalties after extra-time!
22/12/83 (David Jensen & John Peel)
Slade – “Merry Christmas Everybody” (20)
Slade officially declare Christmas 1983 open but number 20 was as high as this ten years after re-entry got.
Culture Club – “Victims” (3) (video)
Also now at its chart peak.
Tears For Fears – “The Way You Are” (29)
Weirdly stuck at number 29 but edited out of tonight's 7.30 slot.
Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It” (7) (video)
Still heading towards its peak of number 4.
Dennis Waterman & George Cole – “What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors?” (26)
Sounds like someone's sold Arthur a slightly dodgy mic, and on a live show too, but Terry comes to the rescue as usual and this festive Minder offering, written by George and Dennis, made it to number 21.
Paul McCartney – “Pipes Of Peace” (22) (video)
Aside from appearances on various charity records, this song marks the final time Paul would make it to number one, indeed the final time for any Beatle, and personally, I think its a mighty fine one to sign off with.
Howard Jones – “What Is Love?” (11)
Looking like he's just finished a shift at Kwikfit, here's Howard on his way to number two.
The Flying Pickets – “Only You” (1)
They formed a picket line around the Christmas number one spot and kept Slade out, My Oh My.
Roland Rat Superstar – “Rat Rapping (Brilliant Isn’t It?)” (27) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 14.
Today's BBC1 lineup
The Christmas Day edition should be next, but Mike Smith is one of the hosts, so BBC4 will skip to December 29th 1983.