Theme songs/lyrics/intros of
UK TV programmes 1955–1990

A Handful of Songs (1978: ITV)

MusicWe’ve got a handful of songs to sing you,
Can’t stop my voice when it longs to sing you
New songs and blue songs
And songs to bring you — happiness,
No more, no less.

Moreover, wherever we may roam to,
Or any shore that we may be blown to,
We know that we’re gonna feel at home to
La bella … musica!

Jazz, and cha cha cha,
Calypsos and street vendor cries,
Strains of old refrains, sleepy time baby lullabies.

We’ve got a handful of songs to sing you….Music

Happy Days

MusicSunday, Monday, Happy Days,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days,
Thursday, Friday, Happy Days,
Saturday, what a day,
Rockin’ all week with you.

This day is our-our-our-ours
Won’t you be mine (Oh Happy Days)
This day is our-our-our-ours (Oh Happy Days)
Oh please be mine.

Hello sunshine, goodbye rain,
She’s wearing my high-school ring on her chain.
She’s my steady, I’m her man,
I’m gonna love her all I can.

These Happy Days are yours and mine (oh Happy Days)
These Happy Days are yours and mine (oh Happy Days)
These Happy Days are yours and mine, Happy Days.Music

Hawaiian Eye (1959–1963)

MusicHawaiian Eye!
Hawaiian Eye!
Hawaiian Eye!

The soft island breeze
Brings you strange melodies
And they tell of exotic mysteries
Under the tropical spell of:

Hawaiian Eye!
Hawaiian Eye!
Hawaiian Eye!

Where love and adventure await.
This is your fate
And you cannot stray from —
You can’t run away from:

Hawaiian Eye!
Hawaiian Eye!
Hawaiian Eye! Eye!

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1982/3)

I am Adam, Prince of Eternia, Defender of the Secrets of Castle Greyskull.
This is Kringer, my fearless friend.
Fabulous, secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic sword and said:
“By the Power of Greyskull!”

He-Man, He-Man — I have the power!

Kringer became the mighty Battle Cat, and I became He-Man, the most powerful man in the Universe!
Only three others share this secret … our friends the Sorceress, Man-at-Arms, and Orko.
Together we defend Castle Greyskull from the evil forces of Skeletor — He-Man!

[He-Man was so popular that in 1985 sales of the action figures (by Mattel) grossed £380 million, beating even those of Barbie]

Hi-Di-Hi (1980)

MusicWhenever you’re feelin’ lonely,
Or you’re gettin’ in a stew,
Just lend your ear — come over here,
And, man, here’s what you do.

If you’ve got the blues, then I’ve got some news,
Join in the fun in your blue suede shoes,
With the holiday rock, the holiday rock,
The ho-de-ho-de-hi-de-hi holiday rock!

Hi-de-hi-de-hi, ho-de-ho-de-ho, go go go do the holiday rock,
Hi-de-hi-de-hi, ho-de-ho-de-ho, go go go do the holiday rock.Music

Highway Patrol (1955–1959)

Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorised organisation swings into action. It may be called the State Police, State Troopers, Militia, the Rangers or the Highway Patrol. These are the stories of the men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state laws.

Then the Highway Patrol shield is shown along with these written words:

This program is dedicated to the Highway Patrols throughout the nation and their contribution to the safeguarding of public welfare. We are deeply grateful for the technical advice and assistance which made the authentic production of this program possible.

Hogan’s Heroes (1960s)

MusicHeroes, heroes, husky men of war,
Sons of all the heroes, of the war before
We’re all heroes up to our ear-o’s
You ask questions,
We make suggestions,
That’s what we’re heroes for.

All good heroes love a good, big fight,
Open up the bomb bays and brighten up the night.
We applaud
The people who laud us,
You pull the roses,
We punch the noses,
That’s what we’re heroes for.

What’s a hero do?
Well, we’re not gonna tell ya
Cause we wish we knew.
That’s why we heroes are so few.
We’ve got a slogan
From Colonel Hogan
And Colonel Hogan’s a hero too.

Never flinch, boys, never be afraid,
Heroes are not born, boys, heroes are made.
Ask not why, boys, never say die, boys,
Answer the call, remember we’ll all be heroes forever more.Music

Holiday Town Parade (1950s)

Make a date, don’t be late,
With Holiday Town Parade!

[Spoken by/show hosted by MacDonald Hobley]

Hopalong Cassidy (1956)

MusicHere he comes, here he comes,
There’s the trumpets, there’s the drums, here he comes.
Hopalong Cassidy, here he comes.

There he goes, on his way,
Down the trail the cowboy way.
Hopalong Cassidy, Hopalong Cassidy.

He returns, soon again,
There’s no use to say goodbye until then.
Hopalong Cassidy, so-long Hopalong.Music

How do you View? (1950s)

Terry Thomas: How do you view? I see … and are you frightfully well?
You are?! Oh, good show!

H.R. Pufnstuff (1960s)

MusicH.R. Pufnstuff,
Who’s your friend when things get rough?
H.R. Pufnstuff,
Can’t do a little cause he can’t do enough.Music

Huckleberry Hound

MusicThe biggest show in town is Huckleberry Hound
For all you guys and gals.
The biggest clown in town is Huckleberry Hound
With all his cartoon pals.
It’s Huckleberry fun, it’s for everyone,
So come on, gather ’round.
Get yourself all set,
Turn on your TV set
For Huckleberry Hound.
That oh, so merry, Chuckleberry,
Huckleberry Hound.Music

I Dream of Jeannie (1960s)

MusicJeannie, fresh as a daisy,
Just love how she obeys me,
Does things that just amaze me so.

She smiles, presto the rain goes,
She blinks, up come the rainbows,
Cars stop, even the train goes slow.

When she goes by
She paints sunshine on every rafter,
Sprinkles the air with laughter,
We’re close as a quarter after three.

There’s no one like
Jeannie. I’ll introduce her
To you, but it’s no use sir,
Cause my Jeannie’s in love with me.Music

I Love Lucy (1950s)

MusicThere’s a certain couple that I know,
They’re strictly lovebirds,
A pair of turtle dove birds,
He’s a guy who wants the world to know.
So ev’ry day
You’ll hear him say….

I Love Lucy and she loves me,
We’re as happy as two can be,
Sometimes we quarrel but then again
How we love making up again.

Lucy kisses like no one can,
She’s my missus and I’m her man,
And life is heaven you see,
Cause I Love Lucy
Yes, I Love Lucy
And Lucy loves me.Music

I Married Joan (1950s)

MusicI married Joan
What a girl, what a whirl,
What a life,
Oh I married Joan,
What a mind, love is blind,
What a wife.

Giddy and gay, all day
She keeps my heart laughin’
Never know where her brain has flown.
Each to his own
Can’t deny that’s why
I married Joan.Music

In Town Tonight (1954–1956: BBC)

(Scene: Noisy traffic in Piccadilly Circus – before exhaust silencers became compulsory)


Once more we stop the mighty roar of London’s traffic and, from the great crowds, we bring you some of the interesting people who have come by land, sea and air to be IN TOWN TONIGHT! 

The Invisible Man (1950s?)

My name is Peter Brady. For some time now, I’ve been engaged in highly secret experiments designed to bring about a great step forward in man’s conquest of space and matter. Here in my lab, working night and day, I’ve been prying into the mysteries of the future.

Only a few hours ago, I felt that there would be secrets that would never be known to us here on Earth. And then suddenly, in the midst of routine experiments, a strange and unpredicted event took place. Whether a mistake or the natural conclusion of the experiment I cannot say. I can say that what happened is one of the most fantastic experiences in our modern day.

It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum (1974)

MusicMeet the gang ’cause the boys are here —
The boys to entertain you.
With music and laughter to help you on your way —
To raising the rafters with a hey-hey-hey!
With songs and sketches and jokes old and new —
With us about you won’t feel blue!

So meet the gang ’cause the boys are here —
The boys to entertain you!
B – O,   B – O – Y – S, boys to entertain you!Music


MusicIvanhoe, Ivanhoe,
Side by side
We’re proud to ride
With Ivanhoe.
At his call we spring
To help him ride along,
The song we sing
Is  free and joyous song.

Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe,
Far and wide
Throughout the countryside
They know
There’s freedom on his banner,
Justice in his sword,
He rides against the manor
Where tyranny is lord.

Rich and poor,
Together we go,
Forward with Ivanhoe,
With Iv-an-hoe.


Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe,
To adventure,
Bold adventure,
Watch him go,
There’s no power on earth
Can stop what he’s begun;
With Bart and Gurth,
He fights till he has won,
Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe….Music

Ivor the Engine (1976)

Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn’t a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was. And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lived the locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor.

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