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Welcome to the TV Cream Songbook

Welcome to the TV Cream Songbook: a sonic soufflé we’ll be helping ourselves to now and again during the next few months, and whose contents have been sourced, cured and garnished by some of the biggest names in the telly signature tune world.

TV Cream has gone back to some of its favourite TV themes, given them a fine musical polish and created a catalogue of – hopefully – entertaining arrangements, mixing the essence of the old with a dash of the new.

A couple of picks to begin with.

First up, a tune given the treatment it so long deserved: the theme to Dark Towers, off the schools’ drama series Look and Read, rendered in a suitably epic fashion courtesy of the massed ranks of Derek Griffiths, Charles Collingwood, Gary Russell, a girl, and the entire TV Cream Symphony Orchestra. It’s a six-minute odyssey, and is the BBC Records 12″ remix that never was.

You can download it, or listen to it right here:


Second, something TV Cream first made available a year and a half ago, to absolutely no response whatsoever: an alternative version of Simon May’s Howards’ Way replete with O’Mara, Masters and megaphones. It rhymes “boats” with “throats” and features the sound of a storyline being surprisingly, and expensively, twisted.

Once again you can download it, or listen to it here:





  1. Garry Scott

    October 30, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Theme tunes – and guilty pleasures…I know it’s wicked to mock – and I am sure these guys are all fabulous…but when I listen to this rendition of the Parkinson theme, I always end up in fits of laughter – it really cheers me up! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBWSDo-7LV4

  2. annoyingmouse

    October 30, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Surely this deserved a “Roger Limb” tag at the bottom!

    Dark Towers was never one of the Look and Reads I got at school (I was a later Badger Girl/Geordie Racer kid) so if you had left the track title blank I may have been conned into spending hours looking for incredibly atmospheric Charles Collingwood horror film. I’ve even got a plot in my head now about a cult of “Word Watchers” who chant as they drag their victims to the altar, presumably for improper use of a magic e. Oh well… until that film is made I’ll happily sit back and enjoy your great mp3s!

  3. diz

    October 31, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    That Howard’s Way would make a perfect Mario Kart tune – Koopa [Troopa] Beach, minus the vocals

  4. Gary Russell

    November 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I will of course kill you, Kibble-White. Not for the Dark Towers riff but for referring to Howard’s Way and not Howards’ Way!!!!!

  5. TV Cream

    November 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    What can you do with an apostrophe? Well it’s been duly (and dully) moved as instructed. Although no Kibble-White was used in the creation of this post.

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