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


The Partridge Family (1970s)

MusicHello, world, hear the song that we’re singin’
C’mon get happy!
A whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’
We’ll make you happy!

We had a dream, we’d go travelin’ together,
We’d spread a little lovin’ then we’d keep movin’ on.
Somethin’ always happens whenever we’re together
We get a happy feelin’ when we’re singing a song.

Trav’lin’ along there’s a song that we’re singin’
C’mon get happy!
A Whole lot of lovin’ is what we’ll be bringin’
We’ll make you happy!
We’ll make you happy!
We’ll make you happy!Music


Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show (1970s)

MusicNothing is as groovy as the boom, boom, boom of the band with the Bedrock beat,
Pebbles and Bamm Bamm and all of the gang,
Short or tall — we have a ball wherever we meet,
Everything is going for the Bedrock bunch – all the gang is here at the new drag-strip,
You’ll see Fred and Barney too — on the Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show!Music


Petticoat Junction (1960s)

MusicCome ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks to the junction
(Petticoat Junction)
Forget about your cares, it is time to relax at the junction
(Petticoat Junction)

Lotsa curves you bet. Even more when you get
To the junction, Petticoat Junction

There’s a little hotel called the Shady Rest at the junction
(Petticoat Junction)
It is run by Kate, come and be her guest at the junction
(Petticoat Junction)
And that’s Uncle Joe, he’s a movin’ kind of slow at the junction
Petticoat Junction.Music


The Pink Panther

MusicThink of all the animals you’ve ever seen or heard,
Like rhinoc’ruses and tigers, cats and mink,
There are lots of funny animals in all this world
But have you ever seen a panther that is pink?
Think!
A panther that is positively pink.

Well here he is, the Pink Panther,
The rinky-dink panther,
Isn’t he a panther ever so pink?
He really is a groovy cat,
And what a gentleman, a scholar, what an acrobat!
He’s in the pink — the Pink Panther,
The rinky-dink panther,
And it’s as plain as your nose,
That he’s the one and only, truly original,
Panther, pink panther from head to toe!Music


Pinky and Perky

MusicWe belong together,
It’s you for me,
And me for you,
Just as one and one make two,
It’s us, and here, for ever,
Together we will be.Music


Playaway (1970s)

MusicIt really doesn’t matter if it’s raining or it’s fine
Just as long as you’ve got time
To P-L-A-Y playaway-play, playaway,
Play-a-play, playaway.

Never mind the weather — get it together
The sun can shine and the rain can fall
Come on P-L-A-Y playaway-play, playaway,
Play-a-play, playaway.

Running down the road, strolling up the street
If you’re feeling happy tap your feet
Come on P-L-A-Y playaway-play, playaway,
Play-a-play, playaway.

Sitting on your own and you’re wondering what to do
Go out and make a friend then there’ll be two!
Come on P-L-A-Y playaway-play, playaway,
Play-a-play, playaway.

One more time — la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la-la
Come on P-L-A-Y playaway-play, playaway,
Play-a-play, playaway
PLAYAWAY!Music


Play School

Here’s a house
Here’s a door
And windows — one, two, three, four
Ready to knock?
Turn the lock
It’s Play School!


Poddington Peas (1985: BBC)

MusicDown at the bottom of the garden
Among the birds and the bees
A little lot of little people
They call the Poddington Peas.

There’s Creepy, Black Eye Pea, and Dumpy,
Keep it a secret now please,
There’s Zippy, Happy, and there’s Sweet Pea,
And all the Poddington Peas!

The Poddington Peas!Music


Popeye

MusicI’m Popeye the Sailor Man
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man
I’m strong to the finish [finich?]
Cause I eats me spinach
I’m Popeye the Sailor Man.Music


Porridge (1974–1977: BBC)

Voice-over: Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court, and it is now my duty to pass sentence. You are a habitual criminal, who accepts arrest as an occupational hazard, and presumably accepts imprisonment in the same casual manner. We therefore feel constrained to commit you to the maximum term allowed for these offences. You will go to prison for five years.


Postman Pat: 1981

MusicPostman Pat, Postman Pat,
Postman Pat and his black-and-white cat,
Early in the morning
Just as day is dawning
He picks up all the post bags in his van.

Postman Pat, Postman Pat,
Postman Pat and his black-and-white cat,
All the birds are singing,
Day is just beginning,
Pat feels he’s a really happy man.

Everybody knows his bright red van,
All his friends will smile as he waves to greet them,
Maybe … you can never be sure!
There’ll be knock (knock-knock) ring (ring-ring)
Letters through your door.

Postman Pat, Postman Pat,
Postman Pat and his black-and-white cat,
All the birds are singing,
Day is just beginning,
Pat feels he’s a really happy man.

Pat feels he’s a really happy man,
Pat-feels-he’s-a-really-happy-man…. (to fade)Music


Pot Luck (BBC 1950s)

(A pot was passed round the audience while host Charlie Chester sang the theme-song “Take Pot Luck”)

MusicTake pot luck, take pot luck Keep it moving or you’ll get stuck….Music

(The person left holding the pot when the music stopped was the next lucky contestant — and so on)

Outros:

MusicWherever you are, we bring you greetings
Whoever you are, we wish you well….Music

And:

MusicAnd to lonesome folks
A wish of mine
I will be your Valentine
To guide your lucky star
Wherever you are….Music


The Price is Right (1984)

It’s Saturday night!
We’re back all right?
So come on down!
The Price is Right!
With: Elsa O’Toole, Carol Greenwood,
Cindy Day, Gillian De Terville and Denise Kelly.
And here’s Leslie Crowther!


The Prisoner (1968–1969)

Voice-over

The Prisoner: Who are you?
Number 2: To you — Number 2
The Prisoner: Who is Number 1?
Number 2: You are number 6!
The Prisoner: I am not a Number! I am a free man!
Number 2: Ha-ha-ha!


Quick Draw McGraw (1959–1962)

MusicYippee i-o ky-ay, galloping all the way,
Great big star on his chest,
Outdraws all of the rest,
Fastest gun in the west.

Yippee i-o ky-ay, riding around your way,
Here comes Quick Draw McGraw,
The high-falutin’est, fastest shootin’est cowboy you ever saw,
That’s Quick Draw McGraw.Music


Quincy M.E. (1970s)

Jack Klugman: Gentlemen, you are about to enter the most fascinating sphere of police work — the world of forensic medicine.


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