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


Ragdolly Anna

We’ve got a dolly that’s made of stuff,
Filled with feathers and bits of fluff;
Eyes she has, and stockinged feet,
And a shawl to keep her shoulder’s neat.

This rag dolly is fine and brown;
She can’t stand up and she won’t sit down.
This rag dolly is fine and fat,
With a bunch of paper roses in her big straw hat!


Rainbow

MusicRai—nbow
Up above the streets and houses
Rainbow flying high
Everyone can see it smiling — over the sky
Paint the whole world with a Rai—nbow!Music


Range Rider (1950s)

MusicHome, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope playMusic

Voiceover: And who could be more at home on the range than the Range Rider?! With his thrilling adventures of the great outdoors, his exciting experiences … rivalling those of: Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, and other pioneers of this wonderful country of ours! And Dick West (gunshot) an all American boy (gunshot)

[Starring: Jock Mahoney, with Dick Jones as Dick West]


Rawhide

MusicRollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Though the streams are swollen
Keep them doggies movin’,
Rawhide.
Through rain and wind and weather,
Hell bent for leather,
Wishing my girl was by my side.
All the things I’m missin’,
Good victuals, love and kissin’,
Are waiting at the end of my ride.

Move ’em on, head ’em up,
Head ’em up, move ’em on,
Move ’em on, head ’em up,
Rawhide,
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in,
Ride ’em in, cut ’em out,
Cut ’em out, ride ’em in,
Rawhide.

Keep movin’, movin’, movin’,
Though they’re disapprovin’,
Keep them doggies movin’
Rawhide!
Don’t try to understand ’em,
Just rope and throw and brand ’em,
Soon we’ll be living high and wide.
My hearts calculatin’
My true love will be waitin’,
Be waitin’ at the end of my ride.Music


Ready Steady Go (1963–1966: ITV)

[It opened to the sound of Manfred Mann’s 5-4-3-2-1]

MusicAlways onward rode the six hundred (5-4-3-2-1),
Down the valley on their horses they thundered (5-4-3-2-1),
Ah but once they were down they really blundered (5-4-3-2-1),
Uh huh, it was the Manfreds!Music

Followed by the catchphrase: The weekend starts here!

(Presented by Keith Fordyce and Cathy McGowan)


Record Breakers

MusicRecord Breaker!
If you’re the tallest, the smallest, if you beat them all,
If you’re the fattest, the thinnest, if you always win,
If you’re the fastest, the slowest, if you really go,
Then you’re a record breaker, a record maker,
you’re a record breaker.Music


Rentaghost (1976)

MusicIf your mansion house needs haunting just call — Rentaghost,
We’ve got spooks and ghouls and freaks and fools at Rentaghost,
Hear the Phantom of the Opera sing a haunting melody,
Remember what you see is not a mystery but … Rentaghost!

At your party be a smarty and hire Rentaghost,
If you want a fright climb the spooky heights with Rentaghost,
You can let our spirits move you, and for fun play ghostman’s knock
Because we aim to shock, we hope you knees will knock — that’s Rentaghost.

Let me say the most terrific simple ghosts (not scientific!)
May be supernatural ghoulies of the day,
Heavy footsteps in your attic means a spectre telepathic
Is descending just to spirit you away (Ya-a-ay!)

We are extraordinary fellas here at Rentaghost,
To be another Uri Geller come to RRRRentaghost,
For a biography we’ve ghost writers,
And not forgetting a ghost script,
An apparition quipped from deep inside a crypt — Ring Rentaghost
An apparition quipped from deep inside a crypt — Ring Rentaghost!Music

[Rentaghost ran with varying themes to 1984]


Richard the Lionheart

MusicRichard the Lionheart wrote a page in England’s book of fame,
History will long recall his name.
Rode like the wind on a pure white stallion,
Leading the way for his crack battalion,
Humble in spite of his victory in York.
Loved by the people he protected,
Blessed in the churches he erected,
In those days of yore.Music


Rin Tin Tin

MusicSo brave is Corporal Rusty,
Though he is just a boy.
How true is Private Rin Tin Tin,
They are the Army’s pride and joy.

Yo Rinny, Yo Rinny,
Pals through thick and thin.
From all the tales of the West
We’ll remember best
Corporal Rusty and Private Rin Tin Tin.

Yo Rinny, Yo Rinny,
Pals through thick and thin.
From all the tales of the West
We’ll remember best
Corporal Rusty and Private Rin Tin Tin.Music


Road Runner (1970s)

Music If you’re on the highway and Road Runner goes beep beep,
Just step aside or you might end up in a heap,
Road Runner, Road Runner – runs on the road all day,
Even the coyote can’t make him change his ways

Road Runner, the coyote’s after you,
Road Runner, if he catches you you’re through,
Road Runner, the coyote’s after you,
Road Runner, if he catches you you’re through

That coyote is really a crazy clown,
When will he learn he can never mow him down?
Poor little Road Runner never bothers anyone,
Just runnin’ down the road is his idea of having fun

Road Runner, the coyote’s after you,
Road Runner, if he catches you you’re through,
Road Runner, the coyote’s after you,
Road Runner, if he catches you you’re through.Music


Robin Hood

MusicRobin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men,
Feared by the bad, loved by the good,
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood.

He called the greatest archers to a tavern on the green,
And vowed to help the people of the king,
They handled all the trouble on the English country scene
And still had plenty of time to sing —

Robin Hood etc.Music


Rockford Files (1974)

This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message. I’ll get back to you.


The Roy Rogers Show: (1955–1957: ITV)

(Opening theme/voice-over)
The Roy Rogers Show!
Starring Roy Rogers — king of the cowboys!
Trigger — his golden palomino!
And Dale Evans — queen of the West!
With Pat Brady his comical sidekick
and Roy’s wonder-dog — Bullet!

(Closing theme)
MusicHappy trails to you — until we meet again,
Happy trails to you — keep smiling until then,
Happy trails to you — ’til we meet again!Music


Rupert the Bear (1970s)

MusicThere’s a little bear like you’ve never seen before who’s a lot of fun
Children everywhere grow to love him more and more — he’s the number one
There’s a million stories to be told of the things that he’s done
And he’s going to share them all with you so come along.

Oh Rupert, Rupert the bear — everyone sing his name,
Rupert, Rupert the bear — everyone come and join in all of his games.

There is Badger, Bill, little Tiger-Lily too — and a whole lot more
They are Rupert’s friends and they’re waiting here for you — so unlock the door.
There’s a magic land not far away from here and they call it: Nutwood,
Where you’ll meet a little teddy bear if you are good!

Oh Rupert, Rupert the bear — everyone sing his name,
Rupert, Rupert the bear — everyone come and join in all of his games,
Oh Rupert, Rupert the bear — everyone sing his name,
Rupert, Rupert the bear — everyone come and join in all of his games,
Rupert, Rupert, Rupert!Music


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18 August, 2009

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