According to the exclusive viewer poll that formed the basis of countdown show The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune ( to mark ITV’s 60th anniversary ), the Benny Hill signature tune Yakety Sax is the all-time favourite ITV programme theme, polling at No 1.
A perfectly understandable choice as it’s so memorable and catchy. As The Guardian newspaper commented in their article on The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Tune: “Obviously, the correct way to celebrate this victory for good old-fashioned slap-and-tickle would be to initiate a snaking conga pursuit across the country by pinching the bottom of a buxom nurse – it’s what Benny would have wanted.”
But was it the best ITV programme theme of all time? Definitely not. As The Guardian article pointed out: “The win seems all the more impressive considering the competition, even with the field restricted to ITV output. Yakety Sax surpassed venerable bong hit News at Ten, the silver service tinkle of Downton Abbey and even the iconic fanfare of Richard Greene’s Robin Hood. But despite The Sound of ITV’s rundown of 20 classic themes, there were still some notable omissions.”
The newspaper lists these five ITV programme theme tunes “that regrettably didn’t make the cut”: World In Action, Bullseye, Taggart, Terrahawks & Funhouse.
The Record Press author would concur with World In Action, but not the remainder. So here is the definitive Record Press Top 5 Best ITV programme theme tunes, none of which appeared in The Sound of ITV: The Nation’s Favourite Theme Top 20 which is a total scandal –
Top 5 Best ITV Programme Themes / Theme Tunes
1) The Persuaders Theme by the John Barry Orchestra
2) The Protectors – Avenues and Alleyways sung by Tony Christie
3) The Adventures of Black Beauty – Galloping Home by the London String Chorale
4) World In Action – Nantucket Sleighride performed by Mountain
5) Cheers – Where Everybody Knows Your Name sung by Gary Portnoy
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