|Written by||David Bohrman
|Directed by||Roger Goodman|
|Presented by||Ted Koppel
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Executive producer(s)||Av Westin|
Mark Stephen Bogni
Robert J. Brandt
|Location(s)||New York, NY|
|Original release||September 15, 1985– September 15, 1985|
|Related shows||Our World|
45/85 is an ABC News television documentary. It aired on September 18, 1985. The three-hour program combined archive film and television footage with new interviews to document post-World War II history, focusing especially on the Cold War. That special was produced by Av Westin, who also produced Our World.
Ted Koppel and Peter Jennings were the co-anchors. The executive producer of the broadcast was Av Westin and it was written by Koppel, Jennings and senior producer Pete Simmons. 45/85 featured interviews with then President of the United States Ronald Reagan, as well as interviews with every living former President, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon. In a stylistic innovation, 45/85 confined itself in its other interviews to people who were eyewitnesses and participants of the events they described, rather than historians or "experts."
The success of 45/85 led ABC to create the documentary series Our World in 1986. Our World, with a similar format blending archive footage and eyewitness interviews, was critically acclaimed but low-rated and ABC canceled it after a single season.
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