A year remembered for the disappearance of thoroughbred racehorse Shergar. The infamous horse was stolen from his stable by masked men in February 1983. After negotiations over the £2m ransom broke down, Shergar was never seen again...
Shergar in his prime, RTE
We started to see the compact disc on sale in our record shops in 1983, Michael Jackson released a 14 minute music video remember 'Thriller'?. The Flying Pickets had the Christmas number one with 'Only You' and we saw big hits from KC & The Sunshine Band, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club.
Luke Skywalker returned in the third Star Wars movie 'Return of the Jedi'. It was also a 3rd for Superman as Christopher Reeves flew back onto the big screen. There were movie debuts for Ronan Atkinson in Never Say 'Never Again', Julie Walters in 'Educating Rita' and Matthew Broderick in 'Max Dugan Returns'.
In Corrie Deidre left Mike and returned to Ken and Len Fairclough and Annie Walker left the cobbles for the final time. CITV makes it's debut and we said G'Day to Sons and Daughters. Other shows appearing for the first time included 'Just Good Friends', 'Tuckers Luck', Blockbusters and 'Highyway'.