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Friday, 28 April, 2000, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Five-O is top TV tune
Jack Lord
Hum it, Danno: Jack Lord in Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O is the TV show with the catchiest theme tune, according to a poll carried out in the UK.

The 1970s police drama beat off a host of other classic programmes to land the title.

The Professionals took the runners-up spot, with Black Beauty making it a hat-trick of '70s favourites by coming in third.

The Professionals
Bad hair days, but The Professionals theme tune proved a big hit

The survey to find the nation's most hummable tune was carried out by the Abbey National bank.

The results showed that people generally have more affection for themes from older programmes.

Hawaii Five-O, which ran from 1968-1979, starred Jack Lord as police chief Steve McGarrett, famous for his trademark quiff and catchphrase "Book em, Danno".

The dramatic theme tune featured drum rolls and trumpets and was accompanied by pictures of Hawaiian men battling against the surf in kayaks.

Top themes
1. Hawaii Five-O
2. The Professionals
3. Black Beauty
4. Neighbours
5. Ski Sunday
6. EastEnders
7. The Sweeney
8. Friends
9. The Littlest Hobo
10. Coronation Street
11. Grand Prix (BBC)
12. Match of the Day
13. The Simpsons
14. Dallas
15. Grandstand
16. Magic Roundabout
17. The Waltons
18. Heidi
19. Stingray
20. Grange Hill
It was later resurrected in a pop song by Jive Bunny and the show is soon to be made into a Hollywood film with Harrison Ford.

Australian soap Neighbours was the highest-placed modern-day show in fourth, with EastEnders nudging out Coronation Street in the battle of the UK's top soap.

Abbey National spokesman Matt Young told BBC News Online the survey of 200 people aged 18-50 was part of a home insurance competition.

Classic

"We tagged the question about the theme tune on the end of the form and it proved to be more popular than the rest of it," he explained.

"It just goes to show how long classic TV themes stick in people's minds.

"Pop songs tend to be popular for a few weeks before disappearing out of people's minds, but a catchy signature tune lasts forever. "

Sports programmes did particularly well in the survey, with Ski Sunday claiming fifth place and the themes from the Grand Prix, Match of the Day and Grandstand all finishing in the top 20.

David Jason as Del Boy
Nice little earner, but Fools and Horses theme tune missed out

There were some surprises in the findings, though, with Stingray edging out Thunderbirds and Heidi being preferred to the likes of Emmerdale and Dad's Army.

But perhaps the biggest shock was the absence of family favourite Only Fools and Horses.

Mr Young said: "That was a major surprise, although the pattern tended to favour tunes you could hum along to, rather than those with words."

He added: "The biggest finding to come out of the survey was that themes written in the 60s and 70s were more popular than tunes from the modern day."

However, the Abbey National could not have predicted the sudden popularity of one theme - the music from 1980s drama The Littlest Hobo has been used in an advertisement for rival bank NatWest.


We asked BBC News Online users to nominate their own favourite themes.

Here's some of the replies we received:


The Simpsons and The Jetsons - for their delightful use of the rare Augmented Fourth

Julia, Canada
I nominate two animated series - The Simpsons and The Jetsons - for their delightful use of the rare Augmented Fourth. (Come to think of it, the first couple of bars sound weirdly similar...)
Julia, Canada

I was surprised and some might say horrified to see the theme tune from Chips wasn't included. Or what about the classic "One man and his dog." Having said that it was absolutely fantastic to be reminded of all the songs. Thanks for the memories.
Keith Sherling, USA

The X-Files needs a mention, if only because it's ripped off the world over on investigative dramas/takeoffs/journalistic pieces etc...
Dav White, UK

I always loved the High Chaparral and the theme tune to the afterschool quiz show Blockbusters
Valerie Beckford, ExUK/USA

The reason so many 70's tunes made the list is because they were simply good tunes. Blakes 7, Some Mothers do 'ave 'em, Space 1999, all un-mentioned, but classics.
Paul B, UK


I haven't watched it in years but I still whistle the tune to Match of the Day, even in Florida

Trista McCamley, USA
I haven't watched it in years but I still whistle the tune to Match of the Day, even in Florida :o)
Trista McCamley, USA

What happened to Dr. Who, which is easily the best and most memorable theme ever? All together now - ooh-eeh-ooo...oooh-eeh-ooo...
Carl, UK

I'm not sure if it's my favourite TV tune, but I often recall the theme to 'The Sweeney' (though I now resist drumming it on desks etc!). Perhaps the tunes created using 'real' musical instruments were more 'punchy' and made a bigger impression than synthesised tunes?
Nick W, London, UK


Has everyone forgotten the classic theme to Knight Rider? "A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist...". Honestly, the youth of today!

Simon Roe, UK
Why isn't 'Champion the Wonder Horse' listed amongst these titles? Or am I getting too old !!
S., UK

Theme from The Prisoner, with Patrick McGooan, or Magnum PI with Tom Selleck.
Phil, UK

What about popular US kids show from the late 70's early 80's, 'The Red Hand Gang'? Once you remember it you'll, you won't be able to stop!!!
Murph, England

Has everyone forgotten the classic theme to Knight Rider? "A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist...". Honestly, the youth of today!
Simon Roe, UK

What about Z Cars. I'm surprised that it didn't make the list since it is still played at half time at most football grounds decades after the series ended.
Richard, London, UK

Re memorable themes: How about Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" and the theme from Mission Impossible
Ed Kley, usa

Ditto Hawaii 5-0 and also the theme to Cagney and Lacey
Sally, UK

I'm amazed that Mission Impossible isn't on the list!
Martin Beswick, UK

I've never even SEEN Hawaii Five-0 but I can still hum the theme tune!
H., UK


Fireball XL5,The Avengers, Z Cars, Red Dwarf, Monty Python, Steptoe and Son and even The Muppet Show!

Simon, UK
"Mysterious Cities of Gold" undoubtedly - made a singing star of Phillip Schofield long before he made it to the West End!
Greg Taylor, UK

North Americans would nominate a few classics you seem to have overlooked: The themes to Route 66, Rawhide, and Cheers.
Ken, Canada

OK so I agree with The Top Two, but how about: Fireball XL5,The Avengers, Z Cars, Red Dwarf, Monty Python, Steptoe and Son and even The Muppet Show!!! PS BBC/ITV please repeat all the above in all their glory ASAP!!
Simon, London

Best theme song, definitely the Brady Bunch.
Mark Tompkins, USA

I've always been fascinated by TV Themes ever since I was a yound child. It's strange that no current affairs programmes are featured in the top 20. News at Ten was quite simply a classic theme. I also remember the beginning theme to Howards Way. Certainly, this stands as Simon May's best so far.
Gary McCartney, UK

It's strange that no current affairs programmes are featured in the top 20. News at Ten was quite simply a classic theme.

Gary McCartney, UK

I'm shocked that the memorable theme tune from 'Mixed Blessings' didn't make the charts. And what about 'Sink or Swim', 'Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width' or 'It Takes A Worried Man'? Do people have such short memories?
Steve, Germany

I also have to vote for Dr.Who...the most distinctive titles & theme music in tv history.
dave chambers, USA

The 'Original' Muppet Show was undoubtedly the most addictive theme I can recall......damn, now it's stuck in my head again!
Kris, UK

No mention of "The Flintstones"?, surely a timeless classic.
Nick, UK


Where is Knight Rider? That is the best theme tune in the world. I have 13 versions which I listen to constantly

Susie Hanson, UK
Where is Knight Rider? That is the best theme tune in the world. I have 13 versions which I listen to constantly . Plus David Hasselhoff is such a hunk!!
Susie Hanson, UK

Bizarre results! Number one is probably right, but how on earth can anyone name the top 20 TV theme tunes of all time and omit 'The A-Team'?
Sarkis Zeronian, United Kingdom

No no, the theme from the High Chaparral is the best!
Andrew Day, UK

Hello? What about THE most memorable TV theme of all time: "Gilligan's Island"? Even people who have only watched the show once or twice still know most of the lyrics!
Adam, USA


What about The Flashing Blade ? School summer holidays just weren't complete without it !

Jill Baird, Scotland
Hail to 60's and 70's TV themes! Today's TV themes are incredible stink because of political correctness, and a lack of new idea with humor. There were many missing 60's and 70's TV Themes on this survey. For example, Hogan Heroes, Secret Agent, Get Smart, Batman, Star Trek, Space: 1999, Gilligan's Island, The Prisoner, I Dream of Jeannie, Wild, Wild West, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, and Lone Ranger! The best of all TV theme of all time should be Mission Impossible! Let's hear their cool action music!!!
Jeffrey Nelson, USA

What about "The Flashing Blade" ? School summer holidays just weren't complete without it !
Jill Baird, Scotland

Does no one remember the theme from the ITC series "Ghostsquad" produced way back in 1961. I think it was composed by Phil Green.
Mike Halston, U.S

I would have thought the "A-Team" music would have been some where in the top 10 if not the top 5.... And along with the BBC Grand Prix Music I would also rate the BBC Cricket music.
Kamal, UK

Am I theonly one to remember the theme from The Persuaders? Gad, now I *know* I'm getting old...
Mark Calleja, UK


You can't beat.... the thigh-slappin' theme to Jim Bowen's Bullseye

Will Slater, England
You can't beat.... the thigh-slappin' theme to Jim Bowen's Bullseye - a musical extravaganza good enough to match the show it fronted....
Will Slater, England

Hey, Mark Calleja, don't worry. I remember that one! I've never even heard of some of the other ones people here are talking about.
Graham Bell, Brazil

The song still in my brain is the theme to... "Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Riding thru the glen......with his band of men...."
Simon Hopcutt, Malaysia

It's a shame that Stingray only managed 19th place. What about all the other unforgettable themes from the Gerry Anderson inspired programmes!
Andrew, United Kingdom

The themes from "The Avengers", "Magnum, PI", and "Hunter" didn't make your list?!
Carol Bellantoni, New Jersey, USA

Doctor Who, without question, is the most memorable signature tune of all time...
Trey Lane, USA

Can't imagine how the music from the old black and white Robinson Crusoe serial didn't make it.
Alan, London


The A-Team is surely a classic tune and deserves to be up with the others. No other theme tune comes close.

Henry, UK
The A-Team is surely a classic tune and deserves to be up with the others. No other theme tune comes close.
Henry, UK

It's got to be Bagpuss or possibly the Flumps. Those kids shows will stay in my mind forever....
Dave Steenson, Northern Ireland

I must say that I'm sad to see that the theme from the A-Team isn't here. It was a classic. Well, perhaps not. It was good though. Better, I think, than the likes of Grange Hill
Marcus Wischik, Scotland

The list has missed off some real kids tv classics that those of us in our 30's must have fond memories of : John Craven's Newsround Rainbow Blue Peter (old style !!) Trumpton - the music box bit Play School Play Away - Give me a P !, etc. Cheggers Plays Pop I could go on all afternoon !!
Linda, UK

It just has to be Dogtanian and the three muskahounds "one for all and all for one muskahounds are always ready..."
Rachel, UK

It's not surprising that there are no new theme tunes in the top 10. It seems to many of the titles to new programmes don't actually have a theme to remember. And what did happen to Doctor Who?
James, UK

The Mastermind theme is surely a classic, and on the subject of classics, how about the Sky at Night and of course the Lone Ranger.
Clive, UK

The Protectors, with Robert Vaughn and Nyree Dawn-Porter might have been an average seventies series, but it had an unforgettable theme, Tony Christie's "Avenues And Alleyways"
Donald, UK

Re: programme signature tunes, and e-mail from Steve in Germany. That is the point of signature tunes only the catchy ones are remembered. If it's not remembered then it was not as catchy as it should have been. chris
Chris Perrett, England


Among the greats was surely Alexis Korner's version of the famous Led Zeppelin track 'Whole Lotta Love', the long-running signature tune for Top of the Pops.

Simon Cameron, UK
Among the greats was surely Alexis Korner's version of the famous Led Zeppelin track 'Whole Lotta Love', the long-running signature tune for BBC1's Top of the Pops. And though a movie theme (not TV), The 'Theme from Shaft' was a masterpiece and the album from which it came won Isaac Hayes a Hollywood oscar. Not so hummable perhaps but certainly haunting and enchanting was the 'Theme from Lloyd George.' The 'Ironsides' and 'Mission Impossible' themes were good too as was John Barry's 'Theme from the Persuaders'. I wonder if they remembered 'Stingray' why they forgot good old 'Captain Scarlet'. I barely remember the 60s BBC Grandstand theme, but it was special and I loved BBC's Wimbledon tennis theme in the mid to late 70s (whose name I just can't remember now).
Simon Cameron, UK

I agree with Carl and Dave, doesn't Dr Who at least deserve a mention ?
Paul, Australia

What about the theme to the Smurfs? Ah, the classics...
Steve, Australia


When I was young the Dr Who theme tune meant it was time to hide behind the sofa!

Dr S Gordon, UK
The best TV theme tune for me is Dr Who. Even the many different variations of the theme were not too bad. When I was young the Dr Who theme tune meant it was time to hide behind the sofa!
Dr S. Gordon, UK

Even though I live in Japan I am blessed with cable and Hawaii Five O every morning just as I'm eating breakfast. A great way to kick off the day - but they only play the intro so I never get to see those guys in the canoe.
Jonathan, Japan

Carl,UK, is quite right about Dr Who. However he has the tune all wrong - it went dah-dah-dah-dah dah-dah-dah-dah dah-dah-dah-dah dee-dee.....
Euan, UK

Surely The A Team theme tune must be in 21st place and what about the tune to Fame, also how about Countdown and the old News at Ten!
James O'Dwyer, UK

No mention made of the classic "Return of the Saint"! Or the "Persuaders"! The all-time best though was "Wonderwoman": "In your satin tights, Fighting for your rights"! We have come a long way!
F, UK

Professionals No 2 ? Should have been number 1. Classic Bass line. Classic Funk guitar. Classic Haircuts. Classic Capri.
Merv, UK

For me 2 big hits are Mission Impossible - which was beautifully done over for the movie and Green Acres! But there are so many great ones...The Beverly Hillbillies! Flintstones! Top Cat! And I remember all the words TOO! Now...how can I get all of these in MP3 format? Smile! Nice one!
Anna, Bimshire

Do you all forget The Monkees?!
J.R.P., U.K.


I will not rest until caravan dwelling Jim Rockford is rightly crowned Top of the TV Pops

Sion Ff, Wales
The original Randall & Hopkirk theme was good. The updated one for the BBC's new version is better. But, what about the Star Trek themes? The original is probably the most memorable, but the Next Gen one is pretty good too. Unfortunately, however you look at it, the DS9 theme is pants.
Lesley, UK

The Prisoner, Hitchikers guide to the Galaxy, Red Dwarf, Lost in space, Monty Python,Man in a suitcase (also used on TFI Friday) Bonanza, Rawhide, World in Action, The Onedin Line, Captain Pugwash
Eric Ross, UK

Shame on you all - The Rockford Files should be no.1 I will not rest until caravan dwelling Jim Rockford is rightly crowned Top of the TV Pops
Sion Ff, Wales

I can't belive no-one has mentioned the classic theme to the fondly remembered daytime quiz "That's My Dog". The show featured fading celebrities guessing the identity of a has-been from his or her canine pet. The tune was a beautifully executed haunting zither ballad set to a quasi post-industrial bossa nova backing.
Richard Sunderland, UK

A new theme tune would have to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Where's my air guitar! There are also the classics of Home and Away, Panorama (yes Panorama) and Casualty that everyone has so far forgotten.
Colin Bulpitt, UK


Have you forgotten the theme to Bonanza or was I the only one watching?

Chizo, UK
I'm surprised the theme to Bonanza didn't make the short list. I think it's every bit as catchy as Hawaii Five O.
Tim Donovan, US

What about the 70s version of The Tomorrow People?! Not only the best theme tune ever, but the best title graphics too! And I say that as a confirmed Dr Who fan! That Dudley Simpson - blimey!
David, UK

Hello!! Is anyone out there?? Have you forgotten the theme to Bonanza or was I the only one watching???
Chizo , UK

I remember, during the school summer holidays, looking forward to White Horses, The Flashing Blade and Robinson Crusoe, purely because of their superb theme tunes. I could not tell you what any of the programmes were about, but could hum the music perfectly!
Brian Griffith, England

I always liked the Van der Valk theme, although Hawaii Five-0 was a fixture in our house back in The Day.
Ned Garrett, USA


Jamie and his Magic Torch, Thundercats and The A-team were magnificent theme tunes from the 1980s

Craig Macley, UK
Jamie and his Magic Torch, Thundercats and The A-team were magnificent theme tunes from the 1980s
Craig Macleay, UK

What about Rentaghost with the outlandish Timothy Claypole, oooh eeeeh ooooh oeeeeh laaaa maaa yaaaa heeee heo hooooo ho h neee miiiisck leeei hhhoooooo, unforgettable!
Trey, Jersey

How about Muffin the Mule? I can still remember that 45 years later! Also not yet mentioned - Please Sir!, Hill St Blues, St Elsewhere, LA Law and Prisoner Cell Block H (the closing titles).
Mike, USA

Vicar of Dibley and To the Manor Born stand out as theme songs I often find myself humming. Mary Tyler Moore is another favourite too!
Brandon, USA

Bod, Roobarb and Custard, Swap Shop, Rentaghost, Rainbow. All classic kids shows with great tunes. The list is endless. Todays TV is just bland blah blah blah.
Arthur Mathie, USA

Whilst some of your choices sparked fond memories of yesteryear. I am disapointed the following were suprisingly missing from your list: Hogan's Heroes, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, MASH, Happy Days, The Fugitive, Green Acres, Sanford and Son and Bonanza. Perhaps some of the observed differences between favorites can be attributed to the different geographic locations sampled in your survey.
Chuck, USA

What about "Belle & Sebastian", "White Horses" & that other summer holidays in the 70s classic "Robinson Crusoe"???
Bob, UK

I am surprised that the theme to Blue Peter did not make the top 20. It must be one of the strongest and most endearing memories of childhood !
Chris Barlow, England


While Lalo Schrifin's ever popular "Mission Impossible" theme is wonderful music, apart from the opening 5/4 bass line, what mortal can actually hum the melody with any accuracy?

Brian, US/UK
What fun it is being reminded of all of these memorable TV themes. My one observation is this: While Lalo Schrifin's ever popular "Mission Impossible" theme is wonderful music, apart from the opening 5/4 bass line, what mortal can actually hum the melody with any accuracy? I also miss mention of Mancini's "Pink Panther", and the "Looney Tunes" cartoon theme.
Brian, US/UK

The three most memorable themes without a doubt were "Perry Mason", "Human Jungle" and "Juke Box Jury".
Valerie Hasz, USA

As a sci-fi buff, I have to mention Sapphire and Steel. Recent themes worth a mention are ER and Party of 5.
Sean , United States

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Crossroads. Heard four times a week for 20 plus years by millions. Remembered if only as a cue to change channels before Mum realised her fave soap was starting...!
Anthony, USA

Forget about Only Fools and Horses, where's the theme tune to On the Buses?!!
John Hopkins, UK

Maybe I'm just a saddo but I always liked the music from Robin of Sherwood. I thoght it was a cool programme as well.
Cathy, UK

What about "The Banana Splits"? - altogether now..."one banana, two banana, three banana four...."
Kev , UK

Didn't any of these people ever hear the theme music from Perry Mason?
Bruce Wilson, USA

Other great tunes: "Hill Street Blues," "The Third Man," & maybe "Bonanza."
Shamim Huq, USA

I was sort of surprised no one has yet mentioned what may be the most recognizable nine notes to an individual over 30 -- the opening two measures of the theme to "Dragnet".
James, USA


Surely 'Terry and June' deserves a mention. It's the best TV theme tune to can-can along with when you and your friends have had one too many beers.

Phil, Canada
Surely 'Terry and June' deserves a mention. It's the best TV theme tune to can-can along with when you and your friends have had one too many beers. Allegedly.
Phil, Canada

Did anyone metion 'Bewitched' ?
Lee, England

What about the most unmemorable tunes...can anyone hum the tune to Vision On?
Nigel, France

"Hill Street Blues" should be in the top 10, nevermind 20. Followed closely by " Maverick" and " Andy Griffith". They don't write them like that anymore.
John Conrow, US

How can Only Fools and Horses be left out! God bless Hooky Street!
Rhys Whittock, Wales, UK

What about the theme form 'Starsky and Hutch?'
Gregory Eze, UK

I don't know if the UK had these programs, but what about the themes from "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island"?
Susan, USA


EastEnders, the tune or programme makes me want to slash my wrists.

Jose Stocker, Wales
I am shocked at the selection of theme tunes. EastEnders, the tune or programme makes me want to slash my wrists. So on health grounds the music must be banned. Neighbours is not a bad programme, but dentists do warn about the music`s sugar content, yep the taste is too sweet. No! They all got it wrong, the theme tune of all time simply has to be Thunderbirds. Great show! Great music!
Jose Stocker, Wales

The theme from Patrick Mcgoohan's "Danger Man" and the "Test Match Special-Highlights" (by Richie Benaud)are truly memorable.
Rizwan Raheel, USA

And what of Van Der Walk? I refuse to believe anyone can listen to that without feeling the urge get a perm and brown PVC jacket.
David Griffiths, United Kingdom

The category is probably too wide, and that is possibly why certain themes might have done better. In terms of creating a mood, Doctor Who, the BBC Cricket theme, the original Star Trek, and the Avengers, are for me classics, but as for hummable,..well the Monkees has to be up there with Hawaii 5-0 !
Paul, Ireland

Did anyone mention the original 'Grange Hill' theme tune?
Rob Avo, USA


My wife never understood why I would whistle the theme to Blackadder every night before going to bed

Ian Turvill, USA
My wife never understood why I would whistle the theme to Blackadder every night before going to bed. I must admit that I never knew either, but it was very catchy nonetheless. Does anyone know all the lyrics of the original (first series) theme?
Ian Turvill, Chicago, USA

Granted, my suggestion is a cartoon, but what about the Transformers? Perhaps the biggest toy phenomenon of the 1980s! Ask anyone who grew up during the 1980s can probably sing part of it.
Indro Bhattacharyya, Canada

What about the Avengers, The Persuaders, Randall & Hopkirk (the original), The Tomorrow People. OK so I'm getting old but they don't write TV themes like . . . . .
Morgan Bryan, UK

Blue Peter (the original theme of course) must be a contender; Stingray over Thunderbirds? Surely some mistake. And where's Monty Python?
Jono, USA


What about the Transformers? Perhaps the biggest toy phenomenon of the 1980s!

Indro Bhattacharyya, Canada
I think this selection represents the demographic range of the Abbey survey more than that 70's tunes are popular. Most people with Home Insurance will be in their thirties and therefore the most likely part of the population to do the survey, especially if it is in the age range 18 to 50. Would be interesting if this survey was done on a real representative part of the age group concerned. Prehaps the results would be much different with such TV shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other nineties TV series faring better than this poll indicates. Also people will go for tunes they can hum as these are normally the most irritating ones you cannot get out of your mind. So no real surprise if you think about it and shows some TV series can be forgotten quite quickly if not repeated to death.
Mark Paris, England

I think these days, lots of programmes use library music instead of commissioning a proper theme to be written. Also, technology has enabled lots of people to create music - whether they have the ability or not, thus TV companies will pay for the cheapest option which will inevitably not be the best. TV companies should come and see me if the want a *real* theme tune. :)
Mike Clarke, UK

The ones I remember most: Red Hand Gang, Dynasty, Golden Girls, Rhubarb and Custard, Babapapa, Butterflies.. Oh now my brain hurts...
Espie, USA (was England until 18 months ago)

I may have gone through the list too quickly, but I didn't see any mentions for the show M*A*S*H! What a classic here in the US! All I have to hear is the first guitar note and I'm humming along! Great stuff. And the funny thing is, I've must've seen this show a million times (wouldn't be surprised if that's a literal statement!) and I NEVER get tired of this song. Same goes for The Monkees, Partridge Family or (another US Classic) the Mary Tyler Moore show. I'm not that old, but almost want to say, "Boy, they don't make 'em like that any more!"
Debbie, USA

Doesn't anybody out there remember 'Mannix', the TV show and the tune? I agree with Hawaii 5-O being the best. Now, how do I program the tune into my mobile phone as the ringing tone!!!
Azplan, Malaysia

This is a great tribute to Jack Lord. I do agree with the people of UK.
Kofi Boateng, USA

The best, most memorable TV theme HAS to be the Muppet Show! It is SO catchy and just so darn good.
Daryl Barber, UK

What about Miami Vice? Classic 1980's!
Michael Feld, , WashingtonDC, USA

Excuse me but what about Prisoner Cell Block H - has to be the most heart wrenching theme tune ever! And The Equalizer as well?
Steve Fearns, UK

How about the original theme from Falcon Crest or Knight Rider
Thabani, SA

Now I can't stop singing the theme tune to 'That's My Dog'. People walking their dogs keep looking at me doubtfully. And I'd like to have 'The Flashing Blade' played at my funeral - 'You've got to fight for what you want, for all that you believe...'. Ahh, how true.
Steve Nolan, UK


FIVE! Taaah! FOUR!Teeer! THREE! Daaah! TWO! Deeer! ONE! BOOOOOOOOOOM. THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Wonderful

Steve Burslem, Thailand
"Come and listen to a story 'bout a man called Jed" I still recall the Beverly Hillbillies even though it must be 30 years since I last heard it. "Thunderbirds" is a great classic of it's type. FIVE! Taaah! FOUR!Teeer! THREE! Daaah! TWO! Deeer! ONE! BOOOOOOOOOOM. THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Wonderful.
Steve Burslem, Thailand

Anyone remember "It's About Time" and "F Troop"? Can't recall the plots etc., but I can still remember the words and hum the tunes. And of course Greenacres...is the place for me...
Vincent Bowry, Australia

What no Doctor Who!? If every there was a tune I'd thought everyone would remember it would be this one.
Stuart Halliday, Scotland

As an ex-pat, who grew up in England in the seventies, I'd have to nominate Dr. Who (of course, as it will always be my favourite tv show and theme tune - please Auntie Beeb, find some more Troughton episodes!), Follyfoot, Mary Mungo and Midge, The Tomorrow People, Sapphire and Steel, the 1979 Quatermass serial, Gerry Anderson's Secret Service (God bless the Mike Sammes Singers) and Joe 90, Rainbow, Bagpuss, Jamie and the Magic Torch, Dad's Army, Hatty Town Tales (can't remember it exactly but Blur did a song on 'The Great Escape' album which came close), Hector's House, Fingerbobs, Multicoloured Swap Shop, Crazy Bus, On the Move, Robert's Robots, Rupert the Bear, Blue Peter (natch), Magpie (same), Tales of the Unxpected,The Liver Birds, The Young Ones, Andy Pandy (unforgettable) ...I'll stop there, nostalgia is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Stephen Gilmour, Canada

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