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Sinclair Research ZX81 in Whiz Kids - Episode 11, "Watch Out!" (1984)

After their normal computer, RALF, is stolen by Krebbs, the gang are reduced to using a lowly ZX81 to prove the TV rating are being fixed.

Importance: ****
Realism: ***
The ZX81 is shown as having a 80 column display, which it didn't, and there is no evidence of a modem.

Visibility: **




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I remember reading back in 1984 how the kid playing the lead couldn't really type and just faked it for the show.
2017-07-26 13:02


Due to the nature of the membrane keyboard and its size, it is not possible to type so quickly on the ZX81. Because it has a membrane keyboard you wouldn't hear the sound of keys being tapped like you would from a typical QWERTY keyboard. The font you see onscreen is not a ZX81 font.
2017-07-26 13:19