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Genre Television documentary
Written by David Bohrman
Peter Jennings
Ted Koppel
Eleanor Prescott
Pete Simmons
Directed by Roger Goodman
Presented by Ted Koppel
Peter Jennings
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1
Executive producer(s) Av Westin
Producer(s) Mark Foley
Edward Hersh
Location(s) New York, NY
Editor(s) Larry Alperr
Mark Stephen Bogni
Robert J. Brandt
Walter Essenfeld
James Sutton
Running time 3:00:00
Original network ABC
Original release September 15 (1985-09-15) – September 15, 1985 (1985-09-15)
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.[1] That special was produced by Av Westin, who also produced Our World.[2]

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.[1] 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.[3]


  1. ^ a b Holston, Noel (1986-07-23). "Ellerbee is Just What 'Our World' Needs". Orlando Sentinel. p. E.1. 
  2. ^ Paynter, Susan (1986-10-17). "Our World Draws a Measly 5.5 Million, but So What? Say Hosts". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  3. ^ Schwed, Mark (1987-06-10). "Ellerbee's Down, But Not Out". San Francisco Chronicle. p. 58. 

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