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Greatest TV theme tune of all time

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It could be just childhood nostalgia, but I have a soft spot for the L.A. Law theme:

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British composer Richard Blackford composed the epic CNN Millennium theme:



And if the following theme sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it was composed by John Williams, of Star Wars, Superman, E.T., Indiana Jones, etc., fame:

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Poirot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvrj5E_elzg
Composed by Christopher Gunning


And it's not just the wonderful theme... the entire Art-Deco-with-a-touch-of-cubism opening sequence is just mesmerizing.
Last edited by WW Update on 15 March 2019 2:26am
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NorthTonight North Reporting Scotland
Still used on adverts today. Written by Paul Reade.
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Revolution London London
*cough* Wish You Were Here?



Children's TV winner, winner...



An outro but who cares.

Last edited by Revolution on 15 March 2019 4:58pm
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davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
I was terrified of the Flumps as a child. Especially Pootle. He's just evil.
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VMPhil Granada North West Today
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I've always liked the theme to Granada's 1980s documentary series Television, which covers the development of the television medium...



...but it's so similar to Vangelis' theme from Blade Runner that some have speculated that it's a cover (although it's not listed as such in the credits).

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Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
This theme should be in any list of great orchestrial theme tunes..
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madmusician Central (West) Midlands Today
Re. the West Wing theme, the first two episodes of Season 1 feature a synthesised version before the real orchestral recording enters at episode 3 (I think it is). This recording has a split horn note at 6 seconds in, and that take was replaced by a clean one after the mid-season break in Season 1 IIRC.

Right, here are a few to lob into the mix. If we're doing John Williams:



Used by NBC for their Olympic coverage and the trio theme was used on BBC Sports Personality of the Year for years.

And in the children's television stakes, I raise:

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davidhorman Channel Channel Islands
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FBC London London
Something a bit recent, perhaps. But I just love the theme of The Crown.

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