Sunny Nunney with Gregg Nunney

Gregg has been revisiting his childhood by watching Press Gang
Gregg has been revisiting his childhood by watching Press Gang

I was born in 1980. Atomic by Blondie was at the top of the charts and The Empire Strikes Back was the biggest movie of the year.

The technological revolution was still waiting to explode and Tom Baker was still gallivanting around the galaxy as the longest serving incarnation of the Doctor.

I used to run home from school to watch a programme that combined my love of the media and English actors talking in terrible American accents.

The programme was Press Gang. It made stars out of Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher and, last weekend, ITV repeated a couple of episodes as part of the 30th anniversary of their Children’s TV strand.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s I was, generally, a Children’s BBC viewer. They had the Broom Cupboard and presenters like Andy Crane and local boy-done-good Simeon Courtie.

Press Gang on CITV was a programme that really spoke to me, though. Here were young people trying to get taken seriously in the adult world of communication – just like I was trying to do.

Watching the episodes for the first time in 20-odd years made me realise what a great job writer Stephen Moffat did. Much like Grange Hill at the time, topics were dealt with that were far more grown up than those normally covered by kids’ telly. I’ve had a marvellous weekend revisiting the programmes that helped shape me as I was growing up. I wonder if the 2010s generation will do the same in another 30 years?