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16th Mar 2005, 15:31
Need to downl.... buy.... some TV theme tunes to add to my collection... Started with Thundercats (great cartoon!), and Baywatch. What other great tv series and cartoon themes are there?

Seaweed Knees
16th Mar 2005, 15:32

I always liked Knight rider and Airwolf

keyboard flier
16th Mar 2005, 15:33

What a classic

16th Mar 2005, 15:35

Da, da da da daaaaa...........

(Loads of them here (http://tv.cream.org/specialassignments/themes/index.htm) )

Seaweed Knees
16th Mar 2005, 15:35
....and Dallas. (I used to ask my mum to hum it to me at bedtime)

16th Mar 2005, 15:39
Dear all,

Best of all was probably Airwolf



16th Mar 2005, 15:43
Boss gas got the 'Bullseye' theme tune as an mp3 ringtone on his phone.

Bloomin great.

16th Mar 2005, 15:47
Surely Hawaii Five-O has to be the best ever.
Anyone who was a student in Newcastle in the early 80s will remember a local band Arthur 2 Stroke and the Chart Commandos used to do a stonking version.
:ok: :ok: :ok:

Lance Murdoch
16th Mar 2005, 15:50
I still like the tune on Ski Sunday. Its been around for as long as I can remember.
Also Benny Hill, knew a chap who had that as his mobile phone ring tune:p

Onan the Clumsy
16th Mar 2005, 15:57
I always liked the tune from Blue Peter

But then again, maybe that was because it stoked my anticipation of seeing Valerie Singleton

16th Mar 2005, 16:09
Now you're showing you're age Onan, I was more the Lesley Judd era.

Personally I'd have to side with my BF on this as I just know he's say the A-Team was a timeless classic


16th Mar 2005, 16:12
A new one but still great
Theme tune to paddy and max (Peter Kay)
Oh and scooby Doo!!!

The Real Slim Shady
16th Mar 2005, 16:12
Top Gear theme. - 'Jessica' - Allman Brothers

Theme to a detective programme, can't remeber what it was, but used a Jim Diamond song - brilliant.

And finally, 'Auf Wiedersehn Pet'

And absolutely finally, 'Minder' - Denis Waterman 'So Good for you'

Mostly Harmless
16th Mar 2005, 16:32

Thanks for that link. Iím still in tears Iím laughing so hard.

16th Mar 2005, 16:42
Gotta be the A-Team, although Baywatch was some of Hasselhoff's finest work.

I'm really showing my age now, I prefered the days of Katie Hill:ok: Phwooaar

Standard Noise
16th Mar 2005, 16:48
Slim - think it was called 'Hi Ho Silver' by Jim Diamond.

16th Mar 2005, 17:18
I loved the old style theme to the bill, u know the one where it just shows the feet of the officers walking the beat!!!

Wish they would stop changing the style. I dont like it now.

Casualty and Londons Burning were both good as well.

Should have got a job in the emergency services!!!!!


16th Mar 2005, 17:25
Rainbow, loved Zippy and Bungle

High Wing Drifter
16th Mar 2005, 17:59
Just to add:

Eye Level
Black Beauty
Battle of the Planets
Z Cars

What about Champion the Wonder Horse :O

Krystal n chips
16th Mar 2005, 18:02
Theme from "Hill Street Blues" along with the opening shots--suitably melancholic as the cars skidded out into crap weather at the end of the intro--and still one of the best shows ever.

16th Mar 2005, 18:35
What about Cagney and Lacey, heard it the other day, top theme tune:ok:

Or formula one, remember that(?), The Chain - Fleetwood Mac, dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dummmmmmmmmm

Or the cricket, being used on the telly on the brilliant beefy and lamby ads.

16th Mar 2005, 18:40
You lot are joking, nothing touches the Barry Gray orchestra, particularly the theme to UFO (http://www.ufoseries.com/)

Edited due to wrongness...

16th Mar 2005, 18:45
Freewheelers (kids program from the late 60s/early 70s). The Persuaders (that got on Top of the Pops). All Quiet on the Preston Front (Milltown Brothers - brilliant).

16th Mar 2005, 18:51
Some Barry Gray clips here: http://www.ufoseries.com/barry/index.html

Stingray, Capt. Scarlet, Thunderbirds, Joe 90 - I rest my case! :cool:

16th Mar 2005, 18:56
No one has mentioned "Miami Vice". However, I will concede the visuals of the opening sequence distracted one somewhat from the theme tune.

16th Mar 2005, 19:14
Real Slim Shady and Standard Noise - the programme was "Boon" with Michael Elphick and Neil Morrissey.

Echo here for Black Beauty and Z-cars (based on Liverpudlian folk song "Johnny Todd").

What about Harry's Game, Rockliffe's Follies, Inspector Morse and the old Taggart?

And to really age me, I loved the theme to Robinson Crusoe (French B&W kids version shown in the summer holidays) along with Belle & Sebastien and White Horses!

And who can forget the original Dr Who theme brought into being by the great Delia Derbyshire.



16th Mar 2005, 19:28
Delia Derbyshire (http://www.delia-derbyshire.org/) definitely deserves a mention, a pioneer in more ways than one :ok: Not sure if she's received the credit in the public psyche she deserves, although I guess the limelight probably didn't appeal to her.

I remember reading an article on how Derbyshire produced the Who tune - apparently she went into the Radiophonic Workshop at night so as not to be disturbed, and importantly, to get access to gear that was otherwise tied-up during the day.

16th Mar 2005, 19:42
I thought the Test Match Cricket rune was Booker-T and the MGs ?

Bit before KC and the Sunshine band I think


16th Mar 2005, 19:48
MG / KC Easy mistake... :ooh: Post edited...

Kalium Chloride
16th Mar 2005, 19:50
Can't believe no-one's mentioned the full-on Doctor Who theme...

...oh, and Terrahawks. :)

16th Mar 2005, 20:22
Airwolf, A-Team, Scooby-Doo...

Ashamed to say I ve got them all as ringtones on the phone. :\

Ex had Black Beauty as a ring tone - used to make her dog howl thou!


16th Mar 2005, 20:35
Vote 2 for Miami Vice, but the best of all time....



High Wing Drifter
16th Mar 2005, 21:20
What about The Minder. Thoroughly singable in the shower, especially after a heavy night drinking beer and smoking tabs.

16th Mar 2005, 21:27
Hey, Heli-gurl just posted without mentioning her BF

edit to say no malice intended - we swapped a couple of emails a while back and I'm just jealous!

Time Bandit
16th Mar 2005, 21:37
The Equalizer

or... Magnum, which had two theme tunes, The first was a very orchestral number, which is equally as cool.

lets not forget the Fall Guy Lee Majors singalong classic either.

16th Mar 2005, 21:39
Timmcat... hey shes obviously in love - let her be proud of it!

The Fall Guy! I d forgotten that one! Brings back memories!


16th Mar 2005, 21:54
Muffin The Mule
The Flowerpot Men
Andy Pandy
The Magic Roundabout
Captain Pugwash
Torchy (Torchy, Torchy, the battery boy.....)
mmmmm, bit of a pattern emerging here....... anyone seen my blanket? :{

Windy Militant
16th Mar 2005, 23:02

Oh yeah 'Stay away from the trap door you're a fool if you don't' :uhoh:

17th Mar 2005, 00:19

The end of the Civil War was near when quite
accidentally, A hero who sneezed abruptly seized
retreat and reversed into victory.

His Medal of Honour pleased and thrilled
his proud little family troop. While pinning it
on some blood was spilled and so it was planned
he command F Troop.

Where Indian flights are colourful sights and
nobody takes a likk'n where Paleface and Redskin
both turn chicken.....

Morgan James
17th Mar 2005, 00:49
The theme song from Star Trek Enterprise is nice. "Faith of the heart" sung (I think) by Rod Stewart.

17th Mar 2005, 02:05
Bah! Young whippersnappers mumbling about showing their age and crapping on about ringtones.....

Best theme song of all time was from Peter Gunn. Daylight second, then Bonanza and Rawhide. And wot about The Flintstones?

17th Mar 2005, 02:39
Rockford FIles


Miami VIce

17th Mar 2005, 02:42
Morgan James was your mouth out...:rolleyes:

Faith of the Heart is sung by Russell Watson, better known for his opera singing.......:hmm:

Rod Stewart? Really......:rolleyes:

17th Mar 2005, 03:19
I'm surprised nobody has mention the haunting theme from Prisioner (or Prisioner Cell Block "H" as those silly English know it as). :E

Buster Hyman
17th Mar 2005, 03:25
Here endeth the thread....


On a side note, didn't "The Equalizer" initially have a theme written by Stuart Copeland for the Pilot, which was changed for the series? I preferred the pilot theme.

17th Mar 2005, 06:53
CSI Vegas as 'Who are you' by The Who as its theme tune

tony draper
17th Mar 2005, 08:15
Being quite fond of folk music one quite liked the theme song from Sharpe, Over the hills and far away, also the music that introduces the Sopranos.

17th Mar 2005, 08:28
Danger Man, The Professionals, The Sweeney, Star Trek,
Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Stingray, The Clangers, Pogles Wood Trumpton, ofeckit its Paddys Day goin to The Pub.:ok:

Pinky the pilot
17th Mar 2005, 08:43
In no particular order: Theme from the 'Adventures in Paradise' series, Dr Who, 'Eye Level' from Van Der Valk, The Professionals (Bodie was my hero 'cos he was mean, nasty and tough:E ), Peter Gunn and F Troop.:ok: :ok:

You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.

17th Mar 2005, 08:50
Anyone mentioned the 'A' - Team.

"In 1975 a crack commando unit....." Da, da da daa, da da daaa

Jordan D
17th Mar 2005, 09:52
Last week in a lecture, a mobile went off - what was the tune? Rainbow!

What a classic!


17th Mar 2005, 11:00
What about Hong Kong Fuey? And The Littlest Hobbo is another one thats come up before..


PPRuNe Towers
17th Mar 2005, 12:10
Not mainstream but wonderful TV themes:

Das Boot (OK - there is a film version as well but it's the same production) and the one that revived Clapton's career: Edge of Darkness for the Beeb.


17th Mar 2005, 12:19
Is everybody going to leave out BLACKADDER

Or to show how much i love the box you can't forget:
CSI & CSI MIAMI for "The Who"
Different Strokes
Streethawk (don't know how many of you remember this one)
Red Dwarf
And so many many more :ok:

keyboard flier
17th Mar 2005, 12:21
Nobody's mentioned the Muppets yet.
Shame on you

Divergent Phugoid!
17th Mar 2005, 12:37
The Pathfinders...
The Aerobats, french? tv series with Fouga Magisters!
White Horses...
Family at War, very haunting tune
Starsky and Hutch, all three versions (not including the Film)
FreeWheelers, might have been mentioned before
Time travellers...
Space 1999...
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea...
The Champions!!

Takes me back a few years... :sad: :sad:

17th Mar 2005, 13:16
Worrabout JAG to make you stand and salute the telly? (not that I ever did.....) :O

But A team has to win out.

17th Mar 2005, 13:59
I don't think anyone's mentioned MASH, Dr Who (all versions) or Hogans Heroes yet!!

17th Mar 2005, 14:18
I can't believe no-one has mentioned Roobarb and Custard!!:ok:

I'd also go along with Airwolf, the Professionals and the Doctor Who theme from the early 80's (Tom Baker's era).

I've recently found some of these themes (the real things, not some appalling polyphonic rendition) on a site called 80's Nostalgia (http://www.80snostalgia.co.uk/). There's stuff on there that I hadn't heard since....well, the 80's! Enjoy!:cool:

17th Mar 2005, 14:27
The Crown goes to:
DANGER MAN- Patrick McGoohan as a sort of low budget James Bond- early 60s.
The AVENGERS- Diana Rigg in blackleather- 60s again

17th Mar 2005, 14:33
my ringtones
Bruce Lee - Enter the Dragon
Banana Splits - Tra-la-la

Anyone got original mp3 to Equalizer?


Sultan Ismail
17th Mar 2005, 16:25
you beat me to it with "Peter Gunn", but I think I win in the old fart stakes with Fabian of the Yard (http://www.whirligig2.freeserve.co.uk/tv/fabian.wav) which unfortunately proves that the Yanks always manage to do it better.

In the nationís war upon crime
Scotland Yard is the brain of Great Britains man-hunting machine
Routine, detailed science and tenacity
These are the methods used by squads of highly trained men.
Such men as former Superintendent Robert Fabian, hailed by the press as one of England's greatest detectives

I can't believe I sat every Saturday evening to watch this....er...leading edge technology

17th Mar 2005, 17:30
The Flashing Blade. It's one of my earliest TV memories.

17th Mar 2005, 21:52
White horses sticks in mind from tuesday's after school. Along with some French dubbed prog with Lightning tree as its theme tune.
MASH definitely one of the best, sort of sad and downbeat. Upbeat has to be Topcat.

17th Mar 2005, 22:12
I think it was something like 'Follyfoot Farm' (??) which had the Lightning Tree as its theme tune. Don't remember it being dubbed though.

17th Mar 2005, 22:24
What about "Blacksheep Squadron" , with Robert Conrad flying Corsairs pretending being Greg Pappy Boyington ?

" We are poor little lambs
who have lost their ways
Baaa baaa baaa ... Da da, da da da .

Although not sticking to History, It certainly prompted my interest in Aviation


17th Mar 2005, 22:37
Talking about dubbed programmes, there was a series: 'Robinson Crusoe' shown repeatedly in the sixties and the music on that was very memorable - well I can still remember it 40 years later! :D

17th Mar 2005, 22:52
Was that the one dubbed from Italian? I can remember the music- very memorable.

17th Mar 2005, 23:00
Don't know the original language but the dubbing was baaaad if my memory serves me correctly!!

Mind you, as he spent most of the series on his own, he probably didn't do much talking anyway!!


18th Mar 2005, 10:29
Foodbomber - here's your 'lightning tree' (http://tv.cream.org/specialassignments/themes/Follyfoot.mp3) theme from Follyfoot.

Pinky the pilot
19th Mar 2005, 10:55
Actually one I forgot but which I suspect only those of my vintage here in Oz would remember is the theme from the first series of 'The Samurai' a 60's show from Japan dubbed very poorly into English.
"Four hundred years ago there was an ancient society of people who called themselves Ninja." (cue eerie Japanese flute style music)
"One was called Iga, the other Koga......."
Those who ran home from school to watch it will never forget the deep, evil voice of Kongu of Koga, the master of the Koga Ninja.

You only live twice. Once when
you're born. Once when
you've looked death in the face.

19th Mar 2005, 11:30

You've made my day :O



19th Mar 2005, 13:53
Mission Impossible


19th Mar 2005, 18:24
I used to love the music to Roald Dahl's "Tales of the unexpected", and there used to be the silhouette of the lady dancing by the flames.

19th Mar 2005, 20:02
The Prisoner..Patrick Mcgoolian Da da daaaaaaaaa
Black Beauty.. Galloping Home
Robin Hood......Riding thru the Glen...
Fireball XL5..
Stingray...but NOT the crud at the end
Robin....the Hooded Man....Jason Connery

20th Mar 2005, 08:36
Theme music from "The Avengers" always used to make me salivate in anticipation!