Saturday On The Box

Today’s pro­gramme cov­ers the gamut of TV music from the 40s to some­where around the 80s, from both sides of the Atlantic with an exten­sive col­lec­tion of clas­sic TV themes.

In addi­tion to themes for TV series there are plen­ty of instru­men­tal inter­lude and test card pieces, and quite a few start­up themes from var­i­ous tele­vi­sion sta­tions of the British ITV vari­ety, both orig­i­nal and mod­ern record­ings. Of course, with 24-hour tele­vi­sion and total net­work homogeni­sa­tion, you nev­er hear any of them today.

Many of the 1960s themes in par­tic­u­lar are real­ly in the Lounge Music bag today, and there are quite a few well-known library music com­posers rep­re­sent­ed too. Many of the series themes are orig­i­nal record­ings — but quite a few of them are not: some­times the lat­ter are delib­er­ate­ly per­formed in a lounge style and some­times they’re sim­ply cov­er ver­sions!

Don’t miss the ZBS Radio Hour at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic (19:00 and 03:00 UK time), where we round off our two cur­rent series.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

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