What was brand new in 1977 - the first time Star Wars hit our screens?

The Atari Video Computer System changed home entertainment forever
The Atari Video Computer System changed home entertainment forever
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The new Star Wars movie comes out this week to a great fanfare, just as it did back in 1977 with the first movie of the series, A New Hope.

John Ledger looks at what else was new in 1977...

Atari Video Computer System

The console that changed home entertainment forever and blazed a trail for the XBox and Playstation generation was launched in October and cost £100. For the first time computer gaming meant more than ping pong.

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

One of the classic rock albums of all time, Rumours has sold over 50 million copies since launch, spawned four Top 10 singles and still sounds as fresh as it did back then.

Ford Fiesta

Costing £1,856 at its UK launch (including front seat belts but not rear), the Mk1 Fiesta was the first iteration of a vehicle that would go on to become the best selling car in Britain with 4.2m sales to date.

Top Gear

The BBC motoring show began life as a 30-minute consumer-focused magazine programme and was co-presented by Angela Rippon, who admirably managed not to assault any members of the production crew during the series’ nine-show run.

Monster Munch

Advertised as ‘the biggest snack money can buy’ Monster Munch soon became a staple of school lunchboxes and came in four flavours: roast beef, smoky bacon, saucy cheese and onion, and pickled onion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, pickled onion Monster Munch have yet to take off on the continent.

1977 BY NUMBERS

£70.20 - average weekly wage (£482 in 2015)

£13,100 - average house price in Britain (£195,000)

38p - pint of bitter (£2.80)

18p - litre of petrol (£1.09)

£19.99 - men’s two-piece crimplene suit with flared slacks from Kay’s catalogue (mercifully no longer available).

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What was brand new in 1977 - the first time Star Wars hit our screens?

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