I Love the '70s (UK TV series)

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I Love the '70s is a television mini-series produced by the BBC that examines the pop culture of the 1970s. It was broadcast in ten hour-long episodes, one dedicated to each year, with the first episode, I Love 1970, premiering on BBC Two on 22 July 2000, and the last, I Love 1979, premiering on 23 September 2000. On the original broadcasts, each episode was followed by the host introducing a film from that particular year.

The series proved successful and thus was followed by two similar series, I Love the '80s and I Love the '90s, both of which aired during 2001.

The "I Love..."-series spawned a US version, aired by VH-1. Part of the series was repeated in the spring of 2012 on BBC Two as part of a special season dedicated to the 1970s.

The episode 'I Love 1975" is the only episode that was interrupted due to a power failure on 30 June 2001, and as concluded as part of the years that BBC Two suffered problems (2000, 2001, and 2003).

Topics covered by year[edit]


Host: Jimmy Savile. Opening titles: "Band of Gold" by Freda Payne.

PIF of 1970: Joe & Petunia

Flashback Commercial of 1970: Cresta - Singing Polar Bear (actually aired in 1972)


Host: Britt Ekland


Host: David Cassidy

PIF of 1972: Learn to Swim


Host: Noddy Holder

Flashback Commercial of 1973: Vymura Wallpaper


Host: Roobarb & Custard. Opening titles: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive.


Host: Dennis Waterman


Host: Kermit the Frog. Opening titles: "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. Ending credits: "Young Hearts Run Free" by Candi Staton.


Host: Carrie Fisher. Opening titles: "Star Wars Theme" by Meco.


Host: Lynda Carter. Opening credits: "Blame It On the Boogie" by The Jacksons. Ending credits: "Teenage Kicks" by The Undertones.

Flashback Commercial of 1978: Glenryck Pilchards


Host: Bo Derek. Opening credits: Pop Muzik by M. Ending credits: After the Love Has Gone by Earth, Wind and Fire.

Flashback Commercial of 1979: Barbie