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Creamvote #2 The most unforgettable news theme!

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It’s week two of the electrifying electoral eclectica the nation has dubbed…

TV Cream’s Most Unforgettable Theme!

We’re in the process of identifying the very best theme tune ever heard on British TV. In this heats stage, we’re battling themes of a similar genre. This time around, that’s News themes. Listen to the four above, then vote for your favourite below.

This poll will close on 6 November, 2014 at 1700.


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  1. Martin Kelly

    October 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Wish you had included Panorama or Newsnight themes they really get your attention

  2. Tony Perry

    October 31, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Such a tough one! News at Ten just shades it for me; whilst I think the WIA theme is a stunning piece of music, it (for me) has a life away from it’s primary purpose of a theme tune – NaT lives only within it’s intended context and is brilliant at it!

  3. THX 1139

    November 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Has to be Nationwide for me, the only one you can dance to. Though I don’t know why that would be important.

  4. Des E

    November 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    While the BBC One O’Clock News theme *is* excellent (not counting the Birt-inspired re-recording of 1993, of course), I don’t think I would have included it on this shortlist – instead choosing one of the following:

    * BBC Six O’Clock News theme (1984-93)
    * ITN First Report / News at One theme (1972-87)
    * “Non Stop” by John Malcolm (used on just about all ITN bulletins without a number of some kind in their titles from 1955-82)

    But I suppose the shortlist couldn’t include more than one ITN theme; nor could it include both “The Good Word” and the theme of Nationwide’s second replacement.

  5. Paul Pensom

    November 4, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Is there a place anywhere for the marvelous ‘Money Programme’ tune I wonder? Elmer Bernstein’s repurposed theme from The Carpetbaggers was always a favourite of mine.

  6. Des E

    March 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Here’s the full version of the Money Programme theme tune:

    A shame, actually, that it didn’t make the shortlist – not only was it used in one form or another throughout the show’s 40+ years on air, but IMO it was just as excellent a fit as “Nantucket Sleighride” was for Weekend World.

  7. Des E

    September 4, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Did I say *throughout* the show’s 40+ years on air?

    Scratch that – it spent the early ’90s in exile, as that period’s “coin gears” title sequence was accompanied by a different tune altogether: (skip to 1:22)

    To be fair, it probably wouldn’t have fit this title sequence very well – an impressive piece of CGI for the time, but perhaps too dramatic to be accompanied by jazz funk.

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