Edwin Astley (1922–1998)


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Britain's most iconic and prolific composer of music for TV action/adventure in the 1950's and 60's was born in Cheshire, the son of a builder. He dropped out of school to work for a gas oven manufacturer at the tender age of fourteen. Music was in his blood and jazz was a particularly strong influence. Equally adept at playing and at composing/... See full bio »

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Known For

The Saint Soundtrack
(1997)
Department S Composer
(1969)
Minions Soundtrack
(2015)
Secret Agent Music Department
(1964-1967)

Filmography

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 2001 Astley's Way (TV Movie documentary)
 1973 The Sea Children (Short)
 1973 Whoops Baghdad! (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Ali and the Thieves (1973) ... (as Ted Astley)
- A Cargo of Crumpet (1973) ... (as Ted Astley)
- The Wizard Prang (1973) ... (as Ted Astley)
- Genie of the Bottle (1973) ... (as Ted Astley)
 1972 Kadoyng
 1971 Danger Point
 1970 Beajamar (Documentary short)
 1970 Israel Now (Documentary short)
 1969 All at Sea
 1968-1969 The Champions (TV Series) (22 episodes)
- Autokill (1969)
- The Gun-Runners (1969)
- Nutcracker (1969)
- The Mission (1969)
 1969 Civilisation (TV Mini-Series documentary) (1 episode)
- The Skin of Our Teeth (1969) ... (original music by)
 1968 The Syndicate
 1966-1967 The Baron (TV Series) (30 episodes)
- Countdown (1967)
- The Man Outside (1967)
- Roundabout (1967)
- The High Terrace (1967)
 1966 Wonderful Caribbean (Documentary short)
 1964-1966 Gideon C.I.D. (TV Series) (26 episodes)
- A Perfect Crime (1966)
- Boy with Gun (1966)
- Morna (1966)
 1966 Francis Bacon Fragments of a Portrait (TV Movie documentary)
 1965 The Man in a Looking Glass (TV Movie)
 1965 The Naked Prey (uncredited)
 1964 New Horizons: Austria (TV Short documentary)
 1964 Pageantry of Britain (Documentary short)
 1962 The Signal Engineers (Documentary short)
 1962 Wonderful New York (Documentary short)
 1962 Zero One (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Glidepath (1962)
 1961 Bungala Boys
 1961 Speaking of Freight (Documentary short)
 1960-1961 Danger Man (TV Series) (25 episodes)
- The Relaxed Informer (1961) ... (uncredited)
- The Gallows Tree (1961) ... (uncredited)
- The Vacation (1961) ... (uncredited)
- Name, Date and Place (1961) ... (uncredited)
- The Girl Who Liked G.I.'s (1961) ... (uncredited)
 1960 What a Day (Documentary short)
 1960 Whiplash (TV Series)
 1959 Broad Waterways (Documentary short)
 1959 Danger List (Short)
 1959 Diesel Trainride (Short)
 1959 Playing Together (Documentary short)
 1959 International Detective (TV Series)
 1959 The Cat Gang
 1958-1959 Ivanhoe (TV Series) (39 episodes)
- The Circus (1958)
- The Fledgling (1958)
- The Princess (1958)
- The Swindler (1958)
 1958 A Clean Sweep (Short)
 1958 Scotland for Sport (Documentary short)
 1958 The Veil (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- Jack the Ripper (1958)
 1958 The Veil (TV Movie)
 1958 Woman Eater
 1958 Jack the Ripper (TV Movie)
 1957 Zoo Baby
 1954-1957 The Vise (TV Series) (21 episodes)
- Gift from Heaven (1955)
- Strangle Hold (1955)
 1957 Overseas Press Club - Exclusive! (TV Series) (13 episodes)
- Two Against the Kremlin (1957) ... (uncredited)
- The Unknown Man (1957) ... (uncredited)
 1955-1957 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series) (75 episodes)
- Carlotta (1957)
- The Infidel (1957)
 1956-1957 The Buccaneers (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Ghost Ship (1957)
- Dead Man's Rock (1957)
 1956-1957 The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- The Magic Sword (1956)
 1956 The Adventures of the Big Man (TV Series) (14 episodes)
- The Smugglers (1956)
- The Accomplice (1956)
- The Door of Gold (1956)
- The Thief (1956)
 1956 The Scarlet Pimpernel (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955 Final Column
 1955 One Jump Ahead (uncredited)
 1955 Contraband Spain (uncredited)
 1954 Wishing Well
 1954 Shop Spoiled
 1954 The Gay Dog
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Alternate Names:

Ted Astley
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Trivia:

Composed for sound-and-light performances staged at Hampton Court and at the Giza Pyramids. See more »

Trademark:

Very keen on using ascending/descending minor chords in his scores

Star Sign:

Aries

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