The series is set in a dystopian future in which Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Department of Public Control (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties. Edward Woodward plays Jim Kyle, a journalist on the last independent newspaper called The Star, who turns renegade and begins to fight the PCD covertly. The officials of the PCD, in turn, try to provide proof of Kyle's subversive activities.
Radio 1990 was a thirty-minute music video showcase program that ran during primetime on weekdays on USA Network. It was intended to compete directly with the major network program Friday Night Videos as well as MTV and other cable channel shows like Night Tracks. It was a companion to another USA Network program Night Flight. The program ran from March 1983 until September 1986 and was hosted by Lisa Robinson and Kathryn Kinley. The show also featured musical guest hosts. In August 1985, Paul Stanley of KISS, was a co-host for an entire week.