What's your all-time favourite TV theme tune?

(214 Posts)
fishdishwish Sat 26-Jul-14 00:09:53

Inspired by the passing of James Garner, as The Rockford Files had a pretty cool theme tune composed by Mike Post (who also wrote the Hill Street Blues and A-Team themes, amongst others).

For me, it has be a tie between The Littlest Hobo & (despite it's rather dodgy lyrics) The Fall Guy. Oh, and the lovely sweeping orchestral piece that Granada used to play at closedown (remember those?!) in the 1980s.

seasalt Sat 26-Jul-14 00:12:27

Black Beauty was great

maras2 Sat 26-Jul-14 00:13:25

The theme from Van Der Valk by the Simon Park Orchestra.Also Dixon of Dock Green.

Quax Sat 26-Jul-14 00:14:43

Minder, Dennis Waterman blush

threepiecesuite Sat 26-Jul-14 00:24:08

LA Law

saffronwblue Sat 26-Jul-14 00:26:24

Mash and Call the Midwife.

CastilianHhhhidalgo Sat 26-Jul-14 00:28:19

Carnivāle, it's fabulous. Along with GoT it's the only credits I don't fast forward through however many times I watch grin

BeetlebumShesAGun Sat 26-Jul-14 00:28:45

Buffy blush

Wherediparkmybroom Sat 26-Jul-14 00:32:34

Little house on the prarie, I strive for Caroline but end up as marge....Simpson!

Floralnomad Sat 26-Jul-14 00:33:55

Hill Street Blues .

LondonRocks Sat 26-Jul-14 00:35:41

Little House for me, so evocative of childhood innocence

SwanneeKazoo Sat 26-Jul-14 00:36:36

The Persuaders, by John Barry

Wherediparkmybroom Sat 26-Jul-14 00:39:16

They rerun little house on channel 61 weekdays at 7am!

WhereHas1999DissappearedToo Sat 26-Jul-14 00:43:35

Home and Away blush

LondonRocks Sat 26-Jul-14 00:43:38

Ah, will tape that, where thanks !

BreconBeBuggered Sat 26-Jul-14 00:51:43

Crown Court - the closing, rather than the opening credits. Possibly the most poignant television music ever composed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAdqFUYusdA

Valsoldknickers Sat 26-Jul-14 00:56:32

Arena on BBC2.

Tales of the Unexpected.

The Bridge (proper Danish Version)

fishdishwish Sat 26-Jul-14 00:58:54

Brecon - that is a lovely tune. Funnily enough, it was the B-side to the aforementioned Van Der Valk theme!

EugenesAxe Sat 26-Jul-14 01:11:44

My best friend and I were fairly well addicted to a single of The Tripods theme tune when we were young - but B side too.

They are all similar to The Tripods, but I've always liked Casualty and The Crystal Maze. Also University Challenge when it had a sod off boingggg from the timpani rather than a delicate twang on a viola or whatever.

EugenesAxe Sat 26-Jul-14 01:12:24

Oh and I forgot All Creatures Great and Small and Ski Sunday.

EverythingCounts Sat 26-Jul-14 01:15:10

The BBC Miss Marple of the 80s.

scottishmummy Sat 26-Jul-14 01:16:51

Murder she wrote

minmooch Sat 26-Jul-14 01:31:45

Band of Brothers - absoloutely beautiful.

IScreamForIceCream Sat 26-Jul-14 01:45:46

Littlest Hobo

storeonashelf Sat 26-Jul-14 01:47:20
storeonashelf Sat 26-Jul-14 01:51:10

And this one



storeonashelf Sat 26-Jul-14 01:51:37

Book Tower even!

sheldonesque Sat 26-Jul-14 10:31:00

Law and Order

Picture Box (for I am a bit old!)

Top of the Lake

Rafanderpants Sat 26-Jul-14 17:14:20

last night on the Commonwealth Games they had a musical interlude of the original Radiophonic workshop guys playing a STORMIN rendition of the Doctor Who theme.

sent extatic (sp) shivers down my spine!


Dr Who
Original Star Trek
Black Beauty
Follyfoot (think my absolute fave)
Top Gear
The Monkees
The Wombles
Rainbow..................................oh I could go on............

ThatBloodyWoman Sat 26-Jul-14 17:15:49

Bear in the big blue house.

"Goodbye sun....Hello moooooon..."

Rafanderpants Sat 26-Jul-14 17:17:52


used to love the Crossroads theme, shite programme though.

Tales of the unexpected.

CastilianHhhhidalgo Sat 26-Jul-14 17:18:43

Not sure how I could have forgotten these two;

The Box of Delights

The Chronicles of Narnia

Rafanderpants Sat 26-Jul-14 17:18:45

Gaaaah! HOw could I forget the Wimbledon theme? tennis tennis

Optimist1 Sat 26-Jul-14 17:25:37

Another one here for Hill Street Blues

WowserBowser Sat 26-Jul-14 17:42:12


The.skiing one was good too.

I used to love the Jonathan Creek one.

And House. Teardrops by massive attack

Eelseelseels Sat 26-Jul-14 17:48:28


bodiddly Sat 26-Jul-14 17:52:31

True Blood

BettyBolognese Sat 26-Jul-14 17:58:45

Airwolf or Robin Hood TV show... Takes me right back to my childhood.

Ladymoods Sat 26-Jul-14 18:03:04

Roobarb and Custard
Howard's Way
Closing titles to the Raccoons (run with us)

OneEggIsAnOeuf Sat 26-Jul-14 18:07:43

Favourite is Blake's 7. Really love the ITV Tour de France music, and miss it every year the race finishes.

If anyone remembers a bonkers series called Kingdom Hospital this was used for the titles and is rather good.

Munchmallow Sat 26-Jul-14 18:10:19

Another vote for hill street blues. Reminds me of being in labour with DD2.

GingerPuddin Sat 26-Jul-14 18:16:05

Hawaii 5-O and dukes of hazzard. Always makes me smile

mistyegg Sat 26-Jul-14 18:22:55

Ski Sunday


And from kids television Mysterious Cities of Gold

Pandora452 Sat 26-Jul-14 18:23:30

Fraggle Rock grin

PiratesLifeForMe Sat 26-Jul-14 18:24:24

True blood

Capitola Sat 26-Jul-14 18:31:52

We have been singing the Rockford Files theme tune all week here.

Love the Persuaders, even though I don't remember it and The Double Deckers.

ChessieFL Sat 26-Jul-14 18:35:38

Howards Way
The Littlest Hobo
My Family and Other Animals (the one with Hannah Gordon and Brian Blessed)

Bamaluz Sat 26-Jul-14 18:44:09
TheGirlOnTheLanding Sat 26-Jul-14 19:15:52

Early Doors. Sweet, sad little song, perfectly captures the melancholy low key humour of the series.

And The Waltons, the sound of my childhood, sitting down to watch with my parents and sister. Pure nostalgia.

Sandancer Sat 26-Jul-14 21:22:53

Auf Wiedersehen, Pet "That's livin' alright"
My current favourite is the True Detective theme, not sure who it is, I'm going to look it up now...

LexieSinclair Sat 26-Jul-14 21:27:49


Law and Order (US version).

Showy Sat 26-Jul-14 21:32:38

Maid Marian and Her Merry Men

Big Bang Theory

DH likes Suits

TheScottishPlay Sat 26-Jul-14 21:34:03

Cagney and Lacey
Just asked DH. He says Scotsport.

IScreamForIceCream Sat 26-Jul-14 21:38:13

Maid Marian - yes!!

Ooh, and that reminds me of the

'In Russia I am Ivan, in England I am John.
In Germany I'm Johan, In Sweden I am Jan'

one. Was it Storybook International? It had a man up a tree playing a lute, watched by a fox.

Chopchopbusybusy Sat 26-Jul-14 21:40:47

Bamaluz, thank you for posting the link for white horses. My all time favourite.

ThursdayLast Sat 26-Jul-14 21:43:58

The BBC Cricket theme!

HesterShaw Sat 26-Jul-14 21:44:23
idontlikealdi Sat 26-Jul-14 21:44:47

Charlie and lolagrin. I love it!!

HesterShaw Sat 26-Jul-14 21:46:00

Oh and Pot Black

And Cities of Gold

This is fun!

didldidi Sat 26-Jul-14 21:48:31

Six feet under.

PennySillin Sat 26-Jul-14 21:49:16

The A team

Lesleythegiraffe Sat 26-Jul-14 21:50:54

I liked Hawaii 5-0 and also most of the cowboy themes from the seventies but my all-time favourite has to be Galloping Home from Black Beauty - never fails to reduce me to tears, especially when the horse whinnies right at the end!

Cocolepew Sat 26-Jul-14 21:51:05

Top Cat
Only Fools and Horses
The Sopranos
Hawaii 5 O
Danger Mouse

I like, The Sons Of Anarchy one atm, was a bit put out to find that it was by Curtis Stigers.

PennySillin Sat 26-Jul-14 21:52:46

Oh and Tales of The Unexpected - can't listen to that without doing that silly dance grin

Spottybra Sat 26-Jul-14 21:53:48

I sometimes still sing, 'strange things happen when you're going round the twist'.

morethanpotatoprints Sat 26-Jul-14 21:55:51

Gotcha - The Starsky and hutch theme music.
It's so funky.

EugenesAxe Sat 26-Jul-14 21:57:32

Pandora - YES

I never realised Jonathan Creek was a classical piece until it came on Melody and I thought 'Why is DS watching Jonathan Creek?!'. I think it was either Berlioz or Saint-Saens. Carnivale something rings a bell.

Fav Sat 26-Jul-14 21:57:47

The Flumps

Longdistance Sat 26-Jul-14 22:04:42
tethersend Sat 26-Jul-14 22:08:00

Yy to Arena- but the best by far is Sorry

TheMasterNotMargarita Sat 26-Jul-14 22:08:49



Pink Panther

mumtosome61 Sat 26-Jul-14 22:13:51

Inspector Morse.

TSSDNCOP Sat 26-Jul-14 22:17:05

The Pink Panther (cartoon)
The Muppet Show

FengMa Sat 26-Jul-14 22:17:18

Ooooooh, Dallas, Dynasty, Grange Hill or A Team (they new a good theme tune in the 80s)

cerealqueen Sat 26-Jul-14 22:19:43

Flambards, Black Beauty, inspector Morse, The Thorn Birds

ABlandAndDeadlyCourtesy Sat 26-Jul-14 22:20:23

Agree ai

ABlandAndDeadlyCourtesy Sat 26-Jul-14 22:21:37

Agree with Danish version of "The Bridge" - Hollow Talk, I think it's called.

BarbaraPalmer Sat 26-Jul-14 22:23:48

Jonathan Creek is danse macabre by Saint SAens.

best theme tune ever is definitely Minder though. Or maybe Grandstand.

rootypig Sat 26-Jul-14 22:26:41
TSSDNCOP Sat 26-Jul-14 22:27:38

Writer of the best feem toon though must be WH Snuffy Walden who wrote the West Wing music.

joanofarchitrave Sat 26-Jul-14 22:28:23

Massively good call for the Pink Panther

I didn't watch it often as a kid but to me this IS the 70s and I rather love it now

I sometimes play Wonder Woman to myself on a Sunday night as part of getting psyched up for Monday morning blush

Trapper Sat 26-Jul-14 22:31:28

One for all, and all for one,
Muskahounds are always ready!

Wickeddevil Sat 26-Jul-14 22:33:55

St elsewhere
Hill st blues
A horsey programme"when white horses..." Can anyone help me out?
Bonnie Tyler's holding out for a hero which iirc was from an 80's show called cover up / cover story about a model agency which was cover for some sort of investigator.
Miami vice

Iggity Sat 26-Jul-14 22:41:14

CHIPs plus a lot of the others mentioned particularly Juliet Bravo.


joanofarchitrave Sat 26-Jul-14 22:42:12

Wickeddevil I was looking for the theme to Horses Galore but I think it was only on our local shit ITV station and it's not on Youtube. Could that have been it?

CurrerBell Sat 26-Jul-14 22:49:16

Doctor Who

Button Moon

Phillip Schofield singing along to Ulysses 31 in the Broom Cupboard... Loved Dogtanian and Cities of Gold too (I think you could send off for a word sheet?).

drigon Sat 26-Jul-14 23:03:15

70s kid here! - Fingerbobs and The Sweeney.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sat 26-Jul-14 23:06:42


Cagney and Lacey

Ski Sunday

tethersend Sat 26-Jul-14 23:23:27
MorrisZapp Sat 26-Jul-14 23:31:56

Love all the above classic telly tunes, but a recent corker was The Wire, which had different artists doing the same song on easy season. 'Gotta keep the devil, way down in the hole.'

Anybody mentioned the racing car one by Fleetwood Mac?

And Taggart was pretty good too smile

DramaAlpaca Sat 26-Jul-14 23:33:58

True Detective & Game of Thrones.

EugenesAxe Sun 27-Jul-14 00:01:39
Only1scoop Sun 27-Jul-14 00:03:37

Miss Marple and

Pd James ....shroud for a nightingale

Only1scoop Sun 27-Jul-14 00:05:32

Oh and All creatures great and small

MissCalamity Sun 27-Jul-14 10:54:26

Ally McBeal

Boon - "high Ho silver!"

impomea Sun 27-Jul-14 11:07:08

Not Going Out

Moonlighting by Al Jarreau-wish they would repeat this series .I was in love with Bruce Willis for a while blush

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 27-Jul-14 11:07:53

Dallas and Dynasty
League of Gentlemen
Father Ted

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 27-Jul-14 11:09:05

TheGirlOnTheLanding I LOVE Early Doors

WowserBowser Sun 27-Jul-14 11:40:38

Me too impomea

Was obsessed. I have the box sets (video and dvd) and the soundtrack on tape grin

PestoSurfissimos Sun 27-Jul-14 11:44:47

White Horses

closely followed by

The Moomins

& Poddington Peas

Shoopshoop2 Sun 27-Jul-14 12:06:04

The Life and Times of David Lloyd George-Ennio Morricone


The World at War


YouGotTime Sun 27-Jul-14 12:29:56

True Detective
The Sopranos
Orange Is the New Black

But I do have a soft spot for The Littlest Hobo too - it made me cry as a child and I am so glad someone said FollyFoot.

Ooh MissCalamity yy to Boon. I was only quite little when it was on but I still remember all the words. From a similar time Auf Wiedersehen, Pet's Breaking Away.

LightastheBreeze Sun 27-Jul-14 14:30:54

Captain Scarlet

eatyourveg Sun 27-Jul-14 15:12:16

Black Beauty by miles

Champion the Wonder Horse comes second followed by


Hadn't realised the horse theme - was never particularly into horses but these tunes stick in my mind confused

ObfusKate Sun 27-Jul-14 15:26:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HesterShaw Sun 27-Jul-14 16:13:59

The World At War

Perfect for the subject.

HesterShaw Sun 27-Jul-14 16:15:02

Bum! ShoopShoop beat me to The World At War.

SirChenjin Sun 27-Jul-14 16:25:33

Black Beauty - I so wanted a horse, and my miserable parents refused to cough up the £££s required for me to own a horse of the calibre of BB, and The Waltons because it gave me that warm, cosy, cardigan feeling.

SirChenjin Sun 27-Jul-14 16:26:55

YY to The Life and Times of David Lloyd George-Ennio Morricone upthread. Brilliant piece of music.

storynanny2 Sun 27-Jul-14 16:28:12

All those mentioned plus from the 70's, "Lightening Tree" theme tune for Follyfoot.

olaflikeswarmhugs Sun 27-Jul-14 16:49:38

Smallville without a doubt

One Tree Hill comes in a close second

fishdishwish Sun 27-Jul-14 17:33:42

I always think it's brilliant how all those mid 80s imported cartoon series shown on BBC1 (Ulysses, Cities Of Gold, Dogtanian, Willy Fogg) had such memorable theme songs!

Most of mine have been said, doctor who etc
So I'm going to throw a random I which I like but shouldn't
youtu.be/yT2i2UylxJ0 blush

Wishyouwould Sun 27-Jul-14 21:15:52


HesterShaw Mon 28-Jul-14 10:54:43

Oooh! Has anyone said Heidi? Every child's first recorder tune!

And Huckleberry Finn

And of course SILAS!!! It just made you want to get on a horse and gallop along a beach.

Bumpsadaisie Mon 28-Jul-14 10:58:52

Ah Juliet Bravo ... how I loved that!

fishdishwish Mon 28-Jul-14 20:39:13

All great ones, Hester, although Heidi and Silas seemed to be on every summer when I was a kid in the 80s!

HesterShaw Mon 28-Jul-14 20:43:19

Oh they were! They went on for weeks in the summer holidays smile

SuzanneCrazyEyes Mon 28-Jul-14 22:08:26

Twin Peaks

chutneypig Mon 28-Jul-14 22:14:19

True Blood
The Bridge

So decisive.

ohmymimi Mon 28-Jul-14 23:09:25


ohmymimi Mon 28-Jul-14 23:11:58

Probably 'Z Cars', but I do love 'Shaun the Sheep' and 'Arthur'.

ohmymimi Mon 28-Jul-14 23:15:18

Nearly forgot 'Champion the Wonder Horse'!

Plomino Tue 29-Jul-14 00:13:39

Miss Marple

Murder One from the nineties ? I think

StilaOnTheWrongPlane Tue 29-Jul-14 11:46:59

The High Life

Also love Hawaii 5-0 , Maid Marion and 'The Chain' F1 theme.

MalcolmTuckersMistress Tue 29-Jul-14 17:12:52


<explodes out of own vagina>

bunnybing Tue 29-Jul-14 17:21:21

I do love the Littllest Hobo (does it have dodgy lyrics??) also Champion the Wonder Horse

Also the theme tune to Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy - think it's by the Eagles

OnlyLovers Tue 29-Jul-14 17:29:01

This thread's ace.

I LOVE the Pink Panther. The incidental music throughout was brilliant too.

MASH is beautiful. Love Auf Wiedersehn Pet. And Hill Street Blues. The Sopranos. The Muppet Show.

Was it Brush Strokes that went 'Beeeeecause of yoooooooooooo'? Loved that one.

It had a man up a tree playing a lute, watched by a fox. Telly in the old days was basically nuts, wasn't it? grin

Angel1210 Tue 29-Jul-14 17:57:36

Everyone singing the lyrics to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air "In West Philadelphia....." how we bonded!!

basgetti Tue 29-Jul-14 18:01:46
foxdongle Tue 29-Jul-14 19:26:06

True Blood- Jace Everett - Bad Things. (my ringtone)

LarrytheCucumber Tue 29-Jul-14 19:39:04


boogiewoogie Tue 29-Jul-14 19:40:04

It has to be Twin Peaks- Falling.

frogmore6 Tue 29-Jul-14 19:58:06

Littlest Hobo!

Thumbwitch Tue 29-Jul-14 19:58:32

So many!

Roobarb and Custard
Black Beauty - really stirring stuff!
Horse of the Year Show/ Ski Sunday/ Cricket - loved all of these!
And of course Chain - for the F1 Grand Prix
Top of the Pops when it was the opening riff/instrumental for Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
Follyfoot - The Lightning Tree
Round the Twist
Only Fools and Horses
Prisoner Cell Block H
Pink Panther

and currently our winner is Raa Raa, the noisy little lion (well that's DS2's favourite, and he's only 21mo so he's allowed grin)

whitewineandchocolate Tue 29-Jul-14 20:00:32


binda Tue 29-Jul-14 20:12:44

Petrocelli circa 1978! No-one I know remembers it, it was great smile

deepest Tue 29-Jul-14 20:48:26
fishdishwish Tue 29-Jul-14 20:52:55

bunnybing , the dodgy lyrics bit of my OP was a reference to The Fall Guy theme, with all those slightly un-PC references to the ladies he has (or indeed hasn't) been with. It was only relatively recently that I discovered it was Lee Majors himself who sang it!

Another couple of crackers...Diff'rent Strokes & Sons And Daughters!

CheerfulYank Tue 29-Jul-14 21:01:48

I would like to state, to everyone who loves the True Blood theme, that Jace Everett once kissed me and called me beautiful. As you were. grin

My favorite is Cheers. And love Jeeves and Wooster.

NigellasGuest Tue 29-Jul-14 21:03:22
FairPhyllis Tue 29-Jul-14 21:08:30
hildasmuriel Tue 29-Jul-14 21:09:26

So many good ones on here. My current favourite is Game of Thrones. Other ones already mentioned Band of Brothers, Black Beauty, White Horses, Little House, Juliet Bravo, Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

I would like to throw Tenko into the mix.

And Coronation St of course.

hildasmuriel Tue 29-Jul-14 21:09:36

So many good ones on here. My current favourite is Game of Thrones. Other ones already mentioned Band of Brothers, Black Beauty, White Horses, Little House, Juliet Bravo, Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

I would like to throw Tenko into the mix.

And Coronation St of course.

NigellasGuest Tue 29-Jul-14 21:13:35

binda I remember Petrocelli - he lived in a caravan!

Labtest7 Tue 29-Jul-14 21:35:06

I have loads but particular favourites are Little House On The Prairie, Anne Of Green Gables, Mysterious Cities Of Gold, Big Bang Theory, Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and Cheers.

stillenacht1 Tue 29-Jul-14 21:38:16

Love Cagney and Lacey
Ballykissangel was cool
BBC Pride and Prejudicesmile

stillenacht1 Tue 29-Jul-14 21:39:09

Is the Crown Court by Janacek?

MoreBoober Tue 29-Jul-14 21:41:52

Got to be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air
"In West Philadelphia born and raised..."

PPaka Tue 29-Jul-14 21:42:29

Hawaii 5 0

TheLostPelvicFloorOfPoosh Tue 29-Jul-14 22:27:34
microcosmia Tue 29-Jul-14 22:38:09

Not a programme sig tune but I love the piano music used for the ad for BBC4, it's called Il Giorno.

microcosmia Tue 29-Jul-14 22:40:33

Mara2 I remember the van dear Valk program just, was the music called Eye Level or ssomething like that? It was very catchy.

moggiek Tue 29-Jul-14 22:49:04

Z Cars

colleysmill Tue 29-Jul-14 23:03:54

Ah lots I like already mentioned but I can't believe I've got to page 7 and no one has mentioned;

The Wonder Years
Happy Days
and one of my favourite s The Munsters

EugenesAxe Tue 29-Jul-14 23:22:22

YES bunnybing I completely forgot Hitchhikers! I have to say that could be a contender for my real, favourite ever, theme tune. As so far I've proposed several, which isn't really what the thread wanted.

London Marathon is another that's popped in there.

Mintyy Tue 29-Jul-14 23:23:32

Black Beauty

ImNotShpanishImEgyptshun Tue 29-Jul-14 23:28:28

Going for gold. Composed by Hans Zimmer, composer of loads of massive film scores!

curiousgeorgie Tue 29-Jul-14 23:38:07

Has anyone seen Mouk on Disney Junior? It's pretty dire, but the theme tune is SO good I find myself singing it all day long blush

Scarletohello Tue 29-Jul-14 23:38:11

Love this one, White Horses from the classic 1970s children's program.


Scarletohello Tue 29-Jul-14 23:41:26

And from the same era, the theme to The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Stirring stuff!


Scarletohello Tue 29-Jul-14 23:46:11

Does anyone remember Marine Boy?
( am on a roll now..)


satsumasunrise Tue 29-Jul-14 23:51:49

The Fall Guy

The A Team

Cagney and Lacey

Inspector Morse

Scarletohello Tue 29-Jul-14 23:52:22

Can't believe no one has said 'Thirtysomething'

Michael ( swoon)


MissBattleaxe Tue 29-Jul-14 23:52:43

Van de Valk because you can sing bum titty bum titty bum to it

There was a TV series about David Lloyd George that had a very haunting theme that I can't remember the name of.

The Darling Buds of May always made me feel cosy and happy.

Black Beauty is the only music that makes me want to run somewhere like the wind, fetlocks flowing, handbag jigging up and down, boobs everywhere.

CalamityKate1 Wed 30-Jul-14 00:07:29


Greengardenpixie Wed 30-Jul-14 00:10:55

Anyone remember the cheers theme tune?
And the theme tune to soap .. gggrrrr I hated tha that one!

londonkiwi Wed 30-Jul-14 00:31:44

MacGyver of course!

The West Wing

londonkiwi Wed 30-Jul-14 00:37:06

Yes The Flying Doctors!

LA Law

The Muppets

Missushb Wed 30-Jul-14 00:47:55

Game of Thrones, littlest hobo, ER, LA Law. Cagney and Lacey. Aw, love this thread! Nostalgia!!

augustusglupe Wed 30-Jul-14 00:52:35

White Horses
Double Deckers
Casey Jones
And the themes to Mash and The Odd Couple always makes me think of my Dad , who is no longer here. I always smile and well up at the same time when I hear them!! smile sad

lordStrange Wed 30-Jul-14 01:12:55

Test Match cricket

Brideshead Revisited

WhatTheFork Wed 30-Jul-14 02:05:23

Dallas, number one, without rival

Grange Hill
The Hulk
The Six Million Dollar Man

Thumbwitch Wed 30-Jul-14 02:44:49

Oh yes to Fresh Prince of Bel Air - can't believe I forgot that one!
The Addams Family (da-da-da-dum <click click>)

The Lloyd George theme tune was Chi Mai by Ennio Morricone - another good one.

EXCELLENT thread for people who are bewilderingly struck down by insomnia at THREE IN THE MORNING, gnarr.

Agree with:

Ski Sunday
Twin Peaks
Howard's Way
Cities of Gold
Champion the Wonder Horse

But page 8 and none of the following? Shocked and appalled.

Captain Pugwash
Hong Kong Fooey
Jamie! Jamie! Jamie and the magic torch!
The Onedin Line (we played that in school orchestra and everything)
The Red Hand Gang

Until tomorrow I'll just keep movin' on...

SignYourName Wed 30-Jul-14 03:17:41

Oooh stinkingbishop I was just about to say Captain Pugwash!

Also Danger Man, Roobarb & Custard and Rentaghost.

LeoandBoosmum Wed 30-Jul-14 04:37:51

The Littlest Hobo
Greatest American Hero
Oh yes, Roobarb and Custard
Dogtanian and the three Muskehounds
Red Dwarf
Jonathan Creek
Midsomer Murders

thebaelishmockingbird Wed 30-Jul-14 07:37:02

I uttterly adore the theme tune to parks and rec. It just makes me happy.


Also the Gilmore Girls opener. Watched them all when pregnant and my daughter pulled herself up for the first time to dance to it then one day. Lovely.

For childhood Ducktales.. wooohooo!

SheKnewSheWasRight Wed 30-Jul-14 07:37:56

In The Night Garden will always make me cry; a lovely tune, and so evocative of toddler times now gone.
Also not sure if anyone has mentiond Father Ted?

Bowednotbroken Wed 30-Jul-14 08:56:12

Most haunting - theme to Southlands


OnlyLovers Wed 30-Jul-14 11:48:50

Oh yes, Hong Kong Phooey was awesome.

Brams Wed 30-Jul-14 12:54:06

Eric Clapton music over Edge of Darkness. Classy.
Oh yes to Jace Everett - I wanna do bad things with you (scrabbles among CDs). Please do.
Theme to In the Night Garden makes me want to cry. ?lost innocence? sad
Addams Family intro - I sing it to my rather large mother cat "Who is my cat? (Twice) You are my cat, my beautiful cat, you are my lovely lovely cat" and repeat. It's an ear worm too, that's my head gone for the day!
Really must get out more.

Brams Wed 30-Jul-14 12:57:09

Am fool, Addams Family theme from film, which I've seen so often on TV I get mixed up.
But you know what I mean.
And Southlands theme, lovely lovely.

BalloonSlayer Wed 30-Jul-14 12:57:15

No one has said Brideshead Revisited.

or Howard's Way.

ORRR All Creatures Great and Small.

(but do agree with: Black Beauty, Hawaii 50, Thunderbirds, Rockford Files)

Gosh I forgot PIGEON STREET, their wings beat, beat, Bob's pigeons (and then something about Long Distance Clara, that feminist icon!)

OnlyLovers Wed 30-Jul-14 13:00:25

Oh, Pigeon Street! It sounded like whoever composed it had had a little bit of ganja. grin

ProfessorDent Wed 30-Jul-14 13:03:56

Rentaghost rocked, it could have been Cole Porter


Even a still-topical reference to Uri Gellar. I liked the way the action carried on over the end credits, too.

balloonslayer RTFT! They have!

That's said with a smile btw. It is quite long now. I know this because I had serious insomnia last night and read the whole thing which made me stay awake longer because my head was, literally, humming smile.

Pickledradish Wed 30-Jul-14 13:41:56

From the golden age of telly in the 70's...

The Water Margin
Black Beauty
White Horses (60s but repeated many times in the 70's)
Upstairs Downstairs
The Double-Deckers
Shoestring (just in the 80's)

Dustypeas Wed 30-Jul-14 14:06:21

Loved these seventies theme tunes -all make me cry!

Belle and Sebastian

Ski sunday

The secret garden

And ditto for white horses

Scarletohello Wed 30-Jul-14 14:14:54

The Persuaders. Very evocative...


HopefulHamster Wed 30-Jul-14 14:27:12

So many shows don't even have theme tunes any more. Tis sad.

Black Beauty - clearly the ultimate winner

Antiques Roadshow
Red Dwarf
Mysterious Cities of Gold
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Quantum Leap
Maid Marian and her Merry Men
Prisoner Cell Block H
Home and Away
Fresh Prince

Pickledradish Wed 30-Jul-14 14:39:23


I find the Home and Away theme as vomit inducing as Sons and Daughters, but each to their own taste smile

HopefulHamster Wed 30-Jul-14 14:49:38

Pickled I actually agree, it's pukey, HOWEVER, it's one of the few songs I can always remember all of the words to without hearing the music. So it becomes a go-to for random singalongs.

Curlyweasel Wed 30-Jul-14 15:40:00

Teachers (Belle & Sebastian/Boy in the Arab Strap)
Morse (very clever piece of music)
GBH had a great soundtrack too (Elvis Costello iirc)

binda Wed 30-Jul-14 15:45:12

NigellasGuest - at last, thank you, I was beginning to think I was going mad! And yes, he did live in a caravan, not sure why though ...

Jonny Briggs <plays air trumpet>

Thumbwitch Wed 30-Jul-14 15:50:55

Red Dwarf! Of course! Brilliant. Loved that song. grin

SignYourName Wed 30-Jul-14 16:08:30

It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere...

ObfusKate Wed 30-Jul-14 17:18:52

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Bergerac blush

zen1 Wed 30-Jul-14 18:07:45
chopinbabe Fri 01-Aug-14 01:55:51

Lovejoy! So catchy.

Scott and Bailey...mostly because I enjoy the series so much.

MrsCakesPrecognition Fri 01-Aug-14 02:22:53

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rOMGIbY-9s - Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.

Toooldtobearsed Fri 01-Aug-14 11:29:01

True Blood and Strike Back.
Bought DH the albums they came from (he loves stuff he has never heard before), then pinched them for the cargrin

SarcyMare Mon 04-Aug-14 13:09:18

south bank show
i tried getting the music this is based on, but they have really jazzed it up.

SarcyMare Mon 04-Aug-14 13:11:57
OrangeOwl Tue 05-Aug-14 05:40:33

White Horses (makes me cry)
Starsky & Hutch
Edge of Darkness (Eric Clapton)
Red Dwarf
The Sweeney (at the end, the slower version)
The Bridge

Aquilla Sat 23-Aug-14 10:07:01

Another one for The Littlest Hobo and Follyfoot Farm!

Also, The Golden Girls.

aoife24 Sat 23-Aug-14 19:42:37

White Horses for me too, so evocative of my childhood. Was it set in Croatia, I associate it with an au pair we had from there (Yugoslavia then).
Wallander (K Branagh's version), Nostalgia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNtZR8gR9aQ

Galaxymum Sat 23-Aug-14 19:50:59

Tenko s so evocative from its theme. I think the closing credits is a beautiful piece of music in itself.


I used to have an album of tv theme tunes in the 80s (being a cool teen!!) - it had some awesome themes on it like Howard's Way, Miss Marple, Minder, Bergerac and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole.

I loved Miss Marple and Howard's Way themes most.

Oh and Dogtanian and the Three Muskahounds was stirring stuff! Yay to those who mentioned We Are The Famous Five

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