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Readers recommend: TV themes – results

1 September 2011 6:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

You sent us your top tunes on the box – we broadcast the results

"Your name, please."

Um, Jon Dennis.

"Your special subject?"

What makes a good TV theme.

And I'm glad you asked me that, Magnus. The name of the music accompanying the opening titles (that chair!) of the long-running quiz show Mastermind was appropriately titled Approaching Menace, by Neil Richardson. Like many memorable TV themes, it began life as a piece of library music – not, in other words, commissioned especially for the show. Yet it stirs the necessary emotions in the viewer – tension, dread – before Mr Magnusson has uttered a word.

Another thing – you don't need to have seen the show to appreciate its music. As I mentioned last week when I asked you to recommend some TV themes, I don't watch much telly. I hadn't even heard of Friday Night Lights, evidently a drama series centred around the »

- Jon Dennis

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