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Sir Clive of ZX

February 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 131 - Sir Clive of ZX


In our second part looking at Sir Clive Sinclair we pick up the story where we left off!  We follow Sir Clive Sinclair as he reluctantly develops computers for the British market to fund his other project's.  The wild popularity of the ZX line including the ZX 80, ZX 81, and ZX Spectrum led to a booming home computer market in Brittan. Sinclair even tried to go into the business market with the Sinclair QL, but was outshone by competitors.  In the end Sir Clive Sinclair lost a fortune in developing an electric car known as the Sinclair C5.  The massive loss of funds led him to sell off the computer business to Lord Sugar to remain solvent. 


The Video Game History Hour:

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Micro Men - 10th Anniversary - With Chris Curry, Steve Furber and Hermann Hauser:

8-Bit Guy: ZX80, ZX81, And Timex Sinclair 10000:

TCW017 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market Hardware:

TCW018 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market Software:

Sinclair ZX 81 Demo:

Sinclair Timex 1000 Commercial:

Sinclair ZX Spectrum:
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Commercial:

Timex Sinclair 2028:

Sinclair QL System Review and Story:

Sinclair QL Demo:

The Pawn by magnetic scroll on Spectrum Next:

Sinclair Spectrum 128:

Sinclair Spectrum 128 Commercial:

Sinclair C5 Infomercial 1985:


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