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Zen and the Art of Children’s Television Theme Tunes

What makes a great children’s television theme tune?

What we watch in our formative years shapes the way we think in later life. It is the same with any good book, film, or theatrical production. The programme I have contributed to as a co-writer, Pablo, is making the same impression with children and parents on the autism spectrum. A one-act theatre show is on the horizon, and it should be up and running by the time our theatres start to reopen post-lockdown.

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Britain’s Greatest Television News Themes: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60’s latest Not So Perfect Ten looks at Britain’s greatest television news signature tunes

…And now, the headlines from the East of the M60 newsdesk:

  • Leading blog’s countdown of the ten best news themes;
  • Countdown includes nostalgic look at best news tunes from the 1950s onwards;
  • Most of which are from BBC and ITN news programmes.

In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and countless news sites (some truthful, and some you wouldn’t trust with your car), television news still plays a part in our media diet. Though more people timeshift their viewing, TV news programmes and channels command a good audience once an important story breaks through. Continue reading “Britain’s Greatest Television News Themes: The Not So Perfect Ten”

World Cup Theme Music Through The Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten

East of the M60‘s round up of semi-forgotten World Cup theme music.

The World Cup is only a few days old at this time of writing. From what I have seen of this year’s tournament, I have yet to listen to the signature tunes on both BBC’s and ITV’s programmes.

Back in the era when multichannel television meant a little wall mounted dial with five cable channels, or way before then, we had some memorable themes on the main two channels. They form part of our ten choice cuts. Continue reading “World Cup Theme Music Through The Ages: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Ronnie Hazlehurst, The Sound of ’70s and ’80s Television: A Not So Perfect Ten Special

Ten finest works by one of television’s finest composers

Let’s get this straight: today’s signature tunes are just as artless as the programmes they accompany. I doubt as if anyone twenty years from now would be whistling the Homes Under The Hammer theme tune. Over twenty years since its absence from the BBC, the average person in the street still whistles and recognises the Blankety Blank theme tune. The same is also true with Some Mothers Do Have ‘Em, Bruce Forsyth’s Generation Game and The Two Ronnies. Besides attracting tens of millions of viewers, they also have another thing in common: Continue reading “Ronnie Hazlehurst, The Sound of ’70s and ’80s Television: A Not So Perfect Ten Special”