Monday 23 November 2020

Back In Time With Maisie: 1998

Back In Time: 1998

In my time-travel rom com, The 12 Christmases of You & Me, Maisie travels back in time to Christmases of her past, and we're going to travel back with her and find out what was happening during the years she goes back to. 

1998 was the year when The Spice had their third Christmas number one, B*Witched Irish-jigged their way onto our music channels in double denim, and Blue Peter celebrated their 40th anniversary.

Events in 1998

Christmas Number One:

Goodbye (The Spice Girls)

Big Chart Hits in the UK:

My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)

Believe (Cher)

It's Like That (Run-DMC vs Jason Nevins)

Never Ever (All Saints)

How Do I Live (LeAnne Rimes)

C'est La Vie (B*Witched)

No Matter What (Boyzone)

Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) (Pras Michel ft ODB & Mya)

Truly Madly Deeply (Savage Garden)

Feel It (The Tamperer ft Maya)

Highest Grossing Films:


Saving Private Ryan


There's Something About Mary

A Bug's Life

Events, Music & TV:

Brookside reaches its 4,000th episode

Hayley Patterson (later Cropper) arrives on Coronation Street. She is British soap's first transgender character

Japan hosts the Winter Olympics

Sky One debuts animated series South Park

ASBOS are introduced in the UK to try to tackle anti-social behaviour

Deirdre Rachid is jailed on Coronation Street for a crime she didn't commit (she didn't do anything), causing a public 'Free Deirdre' campaign

Events in 1998

The Good Friday Agreement is signed

The character of Helen Daniels dies in Neighbours (in the UK. The episode aired in October 1997 in Australia)

Deirdre Rachid is released from prison

Following the UK's win the previous year, the Eurovision Song Contest is held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham

Geri Halliwell announces she's leaving the Spice Girls

Channel 4 airs So Graham Norton for the first time

Events in 1998

The two-pound coin is introduced

SMTV Live, hosted by Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley starts to air on Saturday mornings

Chris Tarrant hosts the first episode of ITV's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

 Jim Royle and his family make their first appearance on BBC Two

Blue Peter celebrates 40 years on air. Shortly afterwards, presenter Richard Bacon is sacked for reportedly taking cocaine

Matthew Corbett retires from presenting Sooty after 25 years

Robot Wars, Dinner Ladies, Ally McBeal, Bob the Builder, CD:UK and Streetmate also have their British TV debuts

Events in 1998

Find out more about The 12 Christmases of You & Me

The 12 Christmases of You & Me Jennifer Joyce

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

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