Who doesn’t love a great TV theme! Those short, catchy musical intros that endeavour to hook the viewer and help set the tone for what they’re about to watch. As a child growing up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, my young impressionable ears were constantly sonically bombarded by the melodious offerings of Mike Post, Dudley Simpson, Alexander Courage, David Rose and countless others. To this day I have yet to hear anything that can top the harmonica driven, western flavoured THE ROCKFORD FILES, or the wistfully melancholic TAXI themes. In fact, the title sequences and themes seem to be a rare thing in this day and age. Or are they?
Take GAME OF THRONES, SHERLOCK and DOCTOR WHO for instance. Instantly recognisable themes and distinctive title sequences and, as it happens, the music from these three shows are to feature on an upcoming Classic FM programme.
TV and movie composer Howard Goodall's weekly show SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES is to have a dedicated TV special later this month, featuring music from the aforementioned shows, as well as DOWNTON ABBEY, BROADCHURCH and RED DWARF.
Geoffrey Burgon's score from the 1975 DOCTOR WHO story 'Terror of the Zygons' will be played on the programme, along with Murray Gold's 'Rose's Theme' from 2005's 'The End of the World' and 'Together or Not at All' from 'The Angels Take Manhattan'.
SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES' TV Themes Special begins its four-part run on Saturday, June 21 at 5pm on Classic FM, with the first part focusing on period drama. The following parts then focus on sci-fi, crime and, finally, recent shows such as HOUSE OF CARDS.
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