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BIG England 80s Quiz – 50 Questions & Answers

England 80s quiz

Love the 80s? How high can YOU score in the BIG England 80s quiz?

The 80s were over 30 years ago now, but for some of us, seem like only yesterday. It was a simpler time – with neon, rock, great TV and even better hair.

England in the 80s was a whole mood, and one we love to relive. If you want to be taken back to what some would say was England’s prime time, then enjoy doing this 80s quiz on Day Out in England. Great if you’re looking for unusual 80s quiz questions!

I’ve kept it light and fun – as life was in the 80s – and we have TWO picture rounds in this England in the 80s quiz too. So, let’s crack on.

Welcome to my 50 England in the 80s quiz questions! 

You can either do this England 80s quiz yourself, or you could use this quiz about the 80s in England to play against (or with) your friends.

This England Eighties Quiz has five rounds of 9 to 10 questions, and a final question to finish.

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The answers to the England 80s quiz are at the end of the post, so don’t scroll down too far if you don’t want to see them. Don’t forget to share your scores in the comments at the end of the post.

Enjoy…

England 80s Quiz Questions

How well do you know England in the 80s?

Round 1 England 80s Quiz: 80s TV & Film

How well were you paying attention to TV in the 80s? No smart phones to distract us back then!

  1. Which 80s TV series featured the catchphrase ‘Listen very carefully, I shall say this
    only once’?

2. Which TV personality was the first presenter in the Broom Cupboard on Children’s
BBC?

3. Which TV character had a younger brother called Rodney and an uncle called
Albert?

4. Who played Prince George in Blackadder the Third?

5. Which British actor, who was 12 years old at the time, played the lead role in
Steven Spielberg’s 1987 film, Empire of the Sun?

6. Which 80s sitcom took place at Maplins Holiday Camp in Crompton-on-Sea, Essex?

7. Which comedy duo first got their own TV show in 1987, and later starred
separately in the Vicar of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous?

8. Where was the 80s detective series Bergerac set?

9. Which satirical TV show was first broadcast on ITV in 1984, and continued running
until 1996?

10. Which two people (a comedian and a scriptwriter) came up with the idea for the
first Comic Relief in 1986?


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Round 2 England 80s Quiz: 80s Music

England in the nineties had some great musical acts, but how many can you name?

11. Which 80s hit song mentions installing microwave ovens, moving refrigerators and
playing the guitar on MTV?

12. One of George Michael’s first hits outside of Wham! was a duet called ‘I Knew You
Were Waiting (For Me)’. Who was the other half of the duet?

13. Farrokh Bulsara was the singer of an English band in the 80s. What name was he
better known by?

14. Which singer of an English pop group had to be rescued when his round-the-world
yachting attempt ran into trouble?

15. In 1984, Bananarama had a hit that was originally recorded in 1969 by Dutch band
Shocking Blue. What was it called?

16. In 1980, English synth-pop group Orchestral Moves in the Dark had a hit with a
song called “Enola Gay”. In real life, what was Enola Gay?

17. Neneh Cherry got a lot of attention (including praise and criticism) for her
performance of ‘Buffalo Stance’ on Top of the Pops in 1988. What specifically got
everybody’s attention?

18. Which drummer, also famous as a solo artist, played drums for Led Zeppelin in
their performance at Live Aid?

19. Which 1987 album by an English band was intended as a hard rock answer to
Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and ended up having even more hit singles (7) than
Thriller (which had 6)?

20. What was the UK’s biggest-selling single of the 80s?


Round 3 England 80s Quiz: 80s Toys, Collectibles & Computer Games

Next round is all about eighties toys – how many can you name?

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Round 4 England 80s Pub Quiz: Name that character

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Love a pub? Have a go at our BIG Easy Pub Quiz and see how many you can answer!

Round 5 England 80s Quiz: Culture Questions  

Next up, 80s culture – show us what you know in this England 80s quiz…

41. What word was used in the 80s, often in a derogatory way, to refer to ‘young
upwardly-mobile professionals’?

42. What was the name of the Argentinian warship that was sunk in the Falklands
War?

43. Which country did Prince Charles, Princess Diana and a baby Prince William visit in
1983, drawing huge crowds and marking the start of ‘Diana-mania’?

44. How many actors played James Bond in the 80s?

45. In the 1986 World Cup Final between Argentina and England, Diego Maradona
scored two goals (including the infamous Hand of God goal). Who scored the other
goal in the match?

46. What home computer was released in 1982 by Sinclair, and is credited as having
kick-started the British IT industry?

47. Which celebrity chef had a father who was a member of Margaret Thatcher’s
cabinet?

48. The day the stock market crashed in 1987 is referred to by what name?

49. In the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, which sprinter won a silver medal for
Great Britain, finishing behind Carl Lewis (and Ben Johnson, who was disqualified
after a drug test).

50. What di Tim-Berners Lee invent in 1989?

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Bonus 80s pub quiz question

One final pub quiz question to settle any arguments…

51. Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985 consisted of just 6 songs.
Name all six of them.


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Answers to the England 80s quiz

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Round 1 England 80s Quiz: 80s TV & Film

How well were you paying attention to TV in the 80s? No smart phones to distract us back then!

  1. Which 80s TV series featured the catchphrase ‘Listen very carefully, I shall say this
    only once’?
    Answer: ‘Allo ‘Allo

2. Which TV personality was the first presenter in the Broom Cupboard on Children’s
BBC?
Answer: Philip Schofield

3. Which TV character had a younger brother called Rodney and an uncle called
Albert?
Answer: Del Boy (from Only Fools and Horses)

4. Who played Prince George in Blackadder the Third?
Answer: Hugh Laurie

5. Which British actor, who was 12 years old at the time, played the lead role in
Steven Spielberg’s 1987 film, Empire of the Sun?
Answer: Christian Bale

6. Which 80s sitcom took place at Maplins Holiday Camp in Crompton-on-Sea, Essex?
Answer: Hi-de-Hi!

7. Which comedy duo first got their own TV show in 1987, and later starred
separately in the Vicar of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous?
Answer: French and Saunders

8. Where was the 80s detective series Bergerac set?
Answer: Jersey

9. Which satirical TV show was first broadcast on ITV in 1984, and continued running
until 1996?
Answer: Spitting Image

10. Which two people (a comedian and a scriptwriter) came up with the idea for the
first Comic Relief in 1986?
Answer: Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis


Round 2 England 80s Quiz: 80s Music

England in the nineties had some great musical acts, but how many can you name?

11. Which 80s hit song mentions installing microwave ovens, moving refrigerators and
playing the guitar on MTV?
Answer: Money for Nothing by Dire Straits

12. One of George Michael’s first hits outside of Wham! was a duet called ‘I Knew You
Were Waiting (For Me)’. Who was the other half of the duet?
Answer: Aretha Franklin

13. Farrokh Bulsara was the singer of an English band in the 80s. What name was he
better known by?
Answer: Freddie Mercury

14. Which singer of an English pop group had to be rescued when his round-the-world
yachting attempt ran into trouble?
Answer: Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran

15. In 1984, Bananarama had a hit that was originally recorded in 1969 by Dutch band
Shocking Blue. What was it called?
Answer: Venus

16. In 1980, English synth-pop group Orchestral Moves in the Dark had a hit with a
song called “Enola Gay”. In real life, what was Enola Gay?
Answer: The aircraft the dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima

17. Neneh Cherry got a lot of attention (including praise and criticism) for her
performance of ‘Buffalo Stance’ on Top of the Pops in 1988. What specifically got
everybody’s attention?
Answer: She was heavily pregnant.

18. Which drummer, also famous as a solo artist, played drums for Led Zeppelin in
their performance at Live Aid?
Answer: Phil Collins

19. Which 1987 album by an English band was intended as a hard rock answer to
Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and ended up having even more hit singles (7) than
Thriller (which had 6)?
Answer: ‘Hysteria’ by Def Leppard

20. What was the UK’s biggest-selling single of the 80s?
Answer: ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ by Band Aid.


Round 3 England 80s Quiz: 80s Toys, Collectibles & Computer Games

Next round is all about eighties toys – how many can you name?

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21.
Answer: Cabbage Patch Kids
22.
Answer: My Little Pony
23.
Answer: AT-AT (Star Wars merchandise, they appeared in The Empire Strikes Back)
24.
Answer: Skip-It
25.
Answer: Pac-Man
26.
Answer: Meccano
27.
Answer: Care Bears
28.
Answer: Garbage Pail Kids
29.
Answer: Boulder Dash
30.
Answer: Donkey Kong


Round 4 England 80s Pub Quiz: Name that character

england 80s quiz

31.
Answer: Bananaman
32.
Answer: Roland Rat
33.
Answer: Optimus Prime (from the 80s Transformers cartoons)
34.
Answer: Jimbo
35.
Answer: Dogtanian (from Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds)
36.
Answer: She-Ra
37.
Answer: Edd the Duck
38.
Answer: Fireman Sam
39.
Answer: Dot Cotton (from Eastenders)
40.
Answer: Vyvyan (from the Young Ones)

Round 5 England 80s Quiz: Culture Questions  

Next up, 80s culture – show us what you know in this England 80s quiz…

41. What word was used in the 80s, often in a derogatory way, to refer to ‘young
upwardly-mobile professionals’?
Answer: Yuppies

42. What was the name of the Argentinian warship that was sunk in the Falklands
War?
Answer: The Belgrano

43. Which country did Prince Charles, Princess Diana and a baby Prince William visit in
1983, drawing huge crowds and marking the start of ‘Diana-mania’?
Answer: Australia

44. How many actors played James Bond in the 80s?
Three. Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton (in the official Eon Bon films) and Sean
Connery (in the ‘unofficial’ Bond film, Never Say Never Again).

45. In the 1986 World Cup Final between Argentina and England, Diego Maradona
scored two goals (including the infamous Hand of God goal). Who scored the other
goal in the match?
Answer: Gary Lineker

46. What home computer was released in 1982 by Sinclair, and is credited as having
kick-started the British IT industry?
Answer: Spectrum (If we’re going to get pedantic, the ZX Spectrum)

47. Which celebrity chef had a father who was a member of Margaret Thatcher’s
cabinet?
Answer: Nigella Lawson (her father, Nigel Lawson, was Chancellor of the Exchequer
between 1983 and 1989, and Secretary of State for Energy before that)

48. The day the stock market crashed in 1987 is referred to by what name?
Answer: Black Monday

49. In the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, which sprinter won a silver medal for
Great Britain, finishing behind Carl Lewis (and Ben Johnson, who was disqualified
after a drug test).
Answer: Linford Christie

50. What di Tim-Berners Lee invent in 1989?
Answer: The World Wide Web (strictly speaking, not the Internet)
Bonus

Bonus 80s pub quiz question

One final pub quiz question to settle any arguments…

51. Queen’s legendary performance at Live Aid in 1985 consisted of just 6 songs.
Name all six of them.
Answer: Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Hammer to Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called
Love, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions



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