Excellent TV theme tunes

Ski Sunday

Both series of White Lotus

A few more from yesteryear:

Robinson Crusoe

ITV Midweek Match

Sportsnight with Coleman 

Inspector Morse

Van der Valk

Gaga I assume you mean the really old school Bill and not the terrible modernised version they used at the end.

Here’s the thing: try to hum the theme to Horse of the Year immediately followed by Ski Sunday


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Maid Marian and her merry men 


The pancake day rap is still one of the best songs I’ve ever heard 

Most of the above plus Bergerac and Sensible Soccer (ok, technically not TV but good enough to qualify)


70s kids programme.  Theme music by the Spencer Davis group performing under the alias Murgatroyd Band.  Steve Winwood on vocals.  Jaw dropping. 

Interesting how few of these are from the last 10 years. Does that say more about the quality of modern theme tunes or the age of RoFers?

West Wing

Six Feet Under


True Detective (at least series 1; didn't watch the others so not sure if changed)

Some good ones here already, including Magnum PI, Airwolf and the A-Team, but the winner is (and I am v disappointed that no one has mentioned this over the course of 50+ posts) is obviously Miami Vice

Jan Hammer (the composer of the MV theme tune) is a bit of a legend too having worked with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the late Jeff Beck on some of his funk fusion records

Hearing Hill St Blues tune again made me feel quite emotional! Watched this religiously as a child but not been back to it since. I wonder has the series stood up to the test of time. 

Wot Canute said. Disappointed it took that long tbh.

I listened to Airwolf on loop on the way to my first rotarywingframe lesson about 10 years ago.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

On a tangent, but the music they used for the very last scene of Breaking Bad was an awesome choice.

Meh hitting an absolute banger, but it’s not the win she thinks, for she has overlooked the Raccoons and Duck Tales.

The most evocative of them all, for me, is the one from BBC's Holiday, Jill Dando era (Paul Hardcastle - Voyager).  To this day listening to it makes me think of faraway places I've been and would like to be. 

Likewise, I've hummed the theme for The Littlest Hobo on quite a few times en route to and travelling back from places that were off the beaten track.  

I couldn't quite connect with His Dark Materials but liked the theme.  

Sorry but any contribution from on our that doesn’t deal with the triumvirate if astonishing theme songs (raccoons, duck tales, gummi bears) just means you can’t read / google.

At least throw a ‘mysterious cities of gold’ grenade into the mix.

His dark materials? Do one m6.

Another one that has remained in my mind from childhood - The Silk Road theme by Kitaro.  Just the right music to make one visualize places with exotic names like Karakoram and Bukhara, and windswept desolate landscapes.  

Dont remember the theme as such but loved BBC Holiday and always thought as a kid that the presenters had the best job in the world.   As I recall though they were usually quite modest, a 3 start hotel on the Costa or something.

The 1950s/60s black and white Robin Hood with RICHARD GREENE as Robin. 

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen,

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men, 

Feared by the bad,

Loved by the good, 

Robin Hood!

Also The double deckers, The Banana splits, and When the boat comes in.

Also also, Combat!


Top of the Pops had Led Zeppelin, Phil Lynott and Paul Hardcastle tunes as themes. Not a bad pedigree.

And I only found out recently that the eerie, jangly Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy theme was an Eagles instrumental.

Cannot BELIEVE it took until halfway down the thread for Airwolf to get mentioned.

What is WRONG with you all? Are you all deaf? 

No one said Trap Door yet?



Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers?

Ulysses 31?

Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors?

M.A.S.H. is probably the best answer. So thumbs up for Guy.

Blackadder I-III theme songs are each amazing.

LA Law and 30 something both had pretty decent theme tunes.

Also quite liked the opening titles for the Miss Marple 80s series with Joan Hickson.

I nearly mentioned Ulysses 31, but then listened to it again on you tube and decided it was, with the passage of time, pretty dire.

I was always quite fond of Henry's Cat though 

Another one that just sprung to mind - the original Panorama