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On The Move

BOB HOSKINS is an illiterate removals man, driving a van with arrow on the side. En route to somewhere or other he learns how to spell “furniture”. Adult education for Sunday teatimes, its rousing message laid out in the theme tune: “On the Move/On the Move/ So much to see again…Life is an open book!”



  1. Arthur Nibble

    July 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Theme tune by a pre-first hit Dooleys?

  2. Chris Stobart

    May 15, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Yes it was indeed. If anyone’s got the opening credits anywhere I would commit rape, murder and pillage to see them again!!!!!

  3. Ray

    April 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    The theme tune for this enchanting little series became part of my philosophy for the whole of my life. “Every day something new … Life is like an open book. Just open your eyes and look … We’ve got to keep moving, we’ve got to keep moving”
    Sadly Bob Hoskins died today, 30/04/2014.

  4. andrew fachau

    April 30, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    If memory serves an indie band covered the theme tune in the 90’s. But memory fails when I try and remember who it was…

  5. Graham Neaves

    May 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

    It was written for the Dooleys by Alan Hawks haw who composed the ‘Granstand’ theme tune and many other well known TV themes.

  6. HardcorePrawn

    January 21, 2015 at 4:30 am

    For Chris Stobart, and featuring a young, bearded Martin Shaw too:

  7. Barbersmith

    November 26, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for that link HardcorePrawn. Bob Hoskin’s mate played by Eckersley from The Monster of Peladon. Of course.

  8. Joanne Gray

    February 21, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    A comedy sketch show in the early 80s (could have been Not The Nine O’clock News, not totally sure?) did a wicked send up of the series by showing shots of the ubiquitous removals van, bearing the semiliterate legend “On The Moov” on the sides of the vehicle. Well, I thought it was pant wettingly funny anyway.

  9. Matthew Harris

    October 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Title sequence didn’t bother actually showing the title because the intended audience couldn’t read it anyway.

  10. David Smith

    October 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Donald Gee, the “other one” of the pair (in much the same way as Andrew Hall was to Nicholas Lyndhurst in Butterflies in the one-goes-one-way-one-goes-the-other fame stakes*), turned up in Corrie about 1994 as a suitor to Mavis, and sworn deadly love rival to Victor Pendlebury in the battle for her affections…

    (* although to be fair Hall, as is very often the case with a lot of these one-time telly stars who seemingly fall off the small screen radar, does seem to have been busy in theatre in the years since – I see he was one of the three principal suitors in Mamma Mia for a while; that’s in addition to his own Corrie stint a few years back as Audrey’s cross-dressing beau Marc/Marcia…

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