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The top 50 80s kids' TV themes

From Bananaman to Grange Hill, join us in a spot of TV nostalgia as we celebrate 50 great 1980s kids' TV theme songs...

There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.

Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.

Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because
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Fred Wedlock obituary

Bristolian folk singer, actor and TV presenter known for his hit The Oldest Swinger in Town

British folk clubs during the 1960s and 70s played host to the "folk comedians", who combined a love of folk music with a natural ability to make an audience laugh. Jasper Carrott, Mike Harding and Billy Connolly all started off in folk clubs. Fred Wedlock, who has died of a heart attack aged 67, was another such singer and, although he never achieved the same national recognition as Connolly, Carrott and Harding, he did have chart success in 1981 with The Oldest Swinger in Town. The song helped to extend his singing career, but it also led to parallel careers as an actor in his home city of Bristol, and as a radio and television presenter.

Wedlock was raised in a Bristol pub, making his debut at the age of four, singing to the customers. Singing eased his childhood asthma,
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