The 90s At Nine

The 90s At Nine

One hour dedicated to the nineties every night, except Saturday, from eight till nine.

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We watched Speed, Pretty Woman and Jurassic Park. Hanibal Lecter drank a nice chianti and ate fava beans! The theme of space travel became animated with Toystory, as every little boy dreamed of being Buzz Lightyear, and J K Rowling had her first Harry Potter book published.

As the cold war thawed, Britain shifted from a Conservative government to Labour as Tony Blair took up his residence at no 10. Britain joined US led forces to liberate Kuwait in 1991 and in 1995 Bill Clinton visited Northern Ireland to help the peace process. On 10th April 1998, the Nationalists and Unionists signed the Good Friday Agreement, after 30 years of conflict. Nelson Mandela was freed after 25 years’ incarceration and Apartheid finally came to an end in South Africa in 1994.  Britain drew closer to Europe with the Channel Tunnel opening in 1995, and after more than 150 years of British rule, Hong Kong returned to Chinese control. That same year, 1997, the world mourned the shocking news that Diana, Princess of Wales, had tragically died in a car crash in France.

We were serenaded by Whitney singing she would always love us, Oasis sang 'Wonderwall' , Blur, 'Parklife' and Billy Joel reminded us that 'We Didn’t Start the Fire'. British Bands made a big impact in America, including The Spice Girls and Radiohead. We wished we could be in Central Perk with our Friends. Teenagers enjoyed American imports in the form of Beverly Hills 90201 and Dawson's Creek, and reality TV began on MTV a genre that would really come to the fore in the next decade. 

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