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Posted on 19 Oct 2010 10:00:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Oct 2010 10:02:18 BDT
Cariad says:
I also forgot to include the Banacek theme tune.

(I know this is not sticking to the discussion, but have also loved some great music choices for TV ads over the past year.
Nissan Juke - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
RAC breakdown - Close To You
Waitrose Christmas 2009 - How Can I Keep from Singing
John Lewis 2009 - Sweet Child Of Mine)

Posted on 19 Oct 2010 12:58:54 BDT
pb752 says:
People have been mentioning many good ones that I'd forgotten about. As someone said earlier, the 70's/80's was a particularly good time I think, with many popular series having good tunes.
Three more from that era that I've just thought of that I also like:-
Van Der Valk
Juliet Bravo
Bergerac

Posted on 20 Oct 2010 17:58:38 BDT
Kevin says:
They don't make them like they used to:

The Avengers,
The Persuaders,
Blake's Seven,

Robinson Crusoe,
Black Beauty,

and kids shows, who can better:
The Wombles,
Roobarb and Custard,
Paddington Bear

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Oct 2010 14:54:24 BDT
Abe Stranger says:
Grace Under Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2010 19:31:14 BDT
LOTHAR says:
I think it was called Grace Under Fire (did it star Brett Butler?)

Posted on 28 Oct 2010 23:04:33 BDT
Mr. P. Smith says:
public eye...(very haunting)

Posted on 29 Oct 2010 14:28:20 BDT
pb752 says:
Yes, I liked the theme from Public Eye and the series as well.
Another haunting theme I've just thought of was the one for the excellent mini series Harrys Game (about the troubles in Northern Ireland). It was by Clannad and was a very big hit when the series was first shown in the early 80's.

Posted on 29 Oct 2010 19:25:02 BDT
ceriithomas says:
Here are my top 10:

Nationwide: Dynamic tempo, as befitted a 1970s news programme

ITN's 'Non Stop' theme: Broadcast during the same era as Nationwide, but decidely more dated and distinctly more melodious than the rather austere intro to its 'News at 545' successor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swMDE4K3Iwc&feature=related

Panorama: A sombre theme to a serious documentary

All Creatures Great and Small: A memorable, up beat tune

Van der Valk: Glorious opening credits, with a good match of images and music

Pobol y Cwm: This one has been adapted many times over the years. I preferred Endaf Emlyn's rather evocative original rendition.

Swingin Safari: Never watched the series, but the theme music is very catchy

Ski Sunday: Appropriately lively tempo

Howard's Way: A lovely introduction to a disappointing drama

Hill Street Blues: Another memorable theme to a series I rarely watched

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2011 12:41:52 BDT
sistermoon says:
The series with Aretha Franklin's version of Lady Madonna on the titles was 'Grace Under Fire'.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2011 12:43:24 BDT
sistermoon says:
Lothar, Brett Butler WAS in 'Grace Under Fire'.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2011 12:45:10 BDT
sistermoon says:
ITN's 'Non-Stop' theme was also used in 'Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To The Orchestra' - he read latterday news headlines over it!

Posted on 21 May 2011 19:25:57 BDT
R. A. Caton says:
"Mind of Mr J G Reeder" was a "programme music" tune from KPM I think... it's called "Banjo Boy" and the BBC used it on a radio show called "Parsley Sidings"

Posted on 23 May 2011 20:26:34 BDT
Some great theme tunes here, my faves are (sorry if I repeat any already posted):

All quiet on the preston front
Game on
Boon
The professionals
Hawaii 5 0
Auf wiedershein pet (Series 1)
Randall and hopkirk (original)
Minder
Robinson crusoe
Only fools and horses
Dr who (last years series theme as the new version is pants)
The odd couple
Quincy M.E
White horses
New tricks
The Avengers
Kolchak
Quantum leap
Space 1999
Tales of the unexpected
And finally to cover adverts it's gotta be the one for a french clothing company that covered "blitzgreig bop" by the ramones.

Posted on 24 May 2011 06:40:31 BDT
High Wire (Danger Man)
Catch Hand
The Tyrant King
The Prisoner
Softly Softly
Rat Patrol
The Hong Kong Beat

Posted on 24 May 2011 11:29:16 BDT
Hill street blues (with that haunting saxaphone)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2011 11:36:34 BDT
I like High Chaparral

In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2011 21:01:53 BDT
H says:
grace under fire

Posted on 28 May 2011 16:36:31 BDT
Not seen many Western themes listed, so here are a few memorable ones:-

The Virginian
The High Chaparral
Alias Smith & Jones
Bonanza

How about the Iconic "Van Der Valk"?

Who remembers the fabulous "Who Pays The Ferryman?"

And what about "Due South" which had one of the weirdest compilation of incidental tracks featured throughout all 4 series - love some of them or hate them, you certainly noticed them!

Northern Exposure also featured a very original theme with a quirky mix of incidental music - all very much influenced by "Chris in the Morning" - just makes me want to watch it all over again!

Posted on 2 Jun 2011 17:22:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jun 2011 17:26:35 BDT
Natasha S says:
Murder One Season One (Murder One Case One main titles theme).
Crossing Jordan main titles theme music.
All 3 CSI series.
Buffy The Series (Buffy The Vampire Slayer).
Law And Order Special Victims Unit.
Law And Order UK.
The Champions.
The Big Bang Theory.

Posted on 10 Jun 2011 12:23:43 BDT
K. Taylor says:
The Golden Girls, brings a tear to my eye everytime without fail

Posted on 11 Jun 2011 09:39:04 BDT
Da Parsons says:
"Won't Get Fooled Again" was a hit for The Who in 1972, but it almost seems as if it was written for "CSI Miami".
Does anybody remember "The Lightning Tree" by the Settlers? The theme of "Follyfoot"

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 06:20:27 BDT
P H Gooda says:
I really like "We love you" from A Very Peculiar Practice, sung by Elkie Brooks, but have never found a recording of the whole song. Can anyone help?

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 02:59:08 BDT
Mrs Skellen says:
Mainly oldies I'm afraid
The Professionals - always takes me back (and now I have it on 'tap' ie DVD)
Sweeney
Starsky and Hutch (the original theme)
New Tricks
Citizen Smith (come the glorious day . Love it)
The Persuaders
The Saint (original)
The Pretenders (Avenues and alleyways? is that right)

Posted on 15 Jun 2011 12:59:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2011 14:21:15 BDT
Basher says:
Most of the great TV themes, emanated from the 60s. The Avengers, Danger Man, Man in a Suitcase, etc and the daddy of them all - was Department S. It was also, I believe, the only one to feature a string section and it worked brilliantly. http://www.televisiontunes.com/Department_S_-_Ending.html

Posted on 22 Jun 2011 00:25:45 BDT
NonPC says:
I like: Man in a Suitcase
The original Dr Who theme
Tales of The Unexpected
Rising Damp
Get Some in and Van Der Valk to name a few.
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