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


That was the week that was (TWTWTW) (1962)

MusicThat was the week that was —
It’s over, let it go,
That was the week that was —Music

[Lyrics thereafter adapted to suit the week in question,
with second line changed to “It’s over, how it fled” and similar to fit the rhyme]


That's Life (1973–1976 only: BBC)

MusicHeads you win, tails you lose,
You pay your dues, 'cause that’s what it’s all about,
Break or bust, cake or crust,
Yeah, that's life.

Some make hay, some make do,
It's up to you, to stand up or crawl about,
Sure it's rough, sure it's tough,
But that's life.

Most of us live lives of folly
Smiling through through thin and thick,
One or two may get the lolly
While others are left simply holding the stick.

State your case, make your pitch,
Life's a bitch if you let it get to you,
That's your lot, it's all you've got,
It's the name of the game,
Yeah, that's life.Music

[This theme song was sung at the beginning and end of the programme by Millicent Martin, accompanied by Tony Kinsey's band. This was dropped after three years and just the tune was played]


This Is Tom Jones (1969–1971: ABC)

MusicIt’s not unusual to be loved by anyone,
It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone,
But when I see you hanging about at any time
It’s not unusual to see me cry, or wanna die.

It’s not unusual to go out at any time,
But when I see you out and about it’s such a crime,
If you should ever want to be loved by anyone, it’s not unusual —
It happens every day, no matter what you say —
You’ll find it happens all the time.

Love will never do what you want it to
Why can’t this crazy love be mine …. woh-woh-woh.

It’s not unusual, to be mad with anyone,
It’s not unusual, to be sad with anyone,
But if I ever find that you’ve changed at anytime
It’s not unusual to find that I’m in love with you —
Woh-woh-woh-woh….Music


Thunderbirds

5-4-3-2-1
Thunderbirds are go!


Tiny Toon Adventures

MusicWe’re tiny, we’re toony, we’re all a little loony
And in this cartoony we’re invading your TV,
We’re comic dispensers, we crack up all the censors
On Tiny Toon Adventures get a dose of comedy!

So here’s Acme Acres, it’s a whole wide world apart
Our home sweet home, it stands alone, a cartoon work of art!
The scripts were rejected, expect the unexpected
On Tiny Toon Adventures — it’s about to start!

They’re furry, they’re funny, they’re Babs and Buster Bunny
Montana Max has money, Elmyra is a pain!
Here’s Hampton and Plucky, Dizzy Devil’s yucky
Furrball’s unlucky, and Gogo is insane!

At Acme Looniversity we earn our toon degree
The teaching staff’s been getting laughs since 1933!
We’re tiny, we’re toony, we’re all a little loony
It’s Tiny Toon Adventures, come and join the fun!
And now our song is done!Music


Tiswas (1974–1982)

MusicSaturday, Saturday,
Saturday is Tiswas day,
Saturday, Saturday,
Saturday is Tiswas
Never again to miss ’cos
Saturday is Tiswas day!

A Tiswas day is a doesn’t-matter day,
Fill the day with fun and have a laugh-a-day,
Have yourself a real mad-hatter day,
’Cos Saturday is Tiswas,
Never-again to miss ’cos
Saturday is Tiswas day!

Saturday is Tiswas,
Never again to miss ’cos
Saturday is Tiswas day!

Saturday, Saturday,
Saturday is Tiswas day,
Saturday, Saturday,
Saturday is Tiswas,
Never-again to miss ’cos
Saturday is Tiswas day!Music


Top Cat

MusicTop Cat! The most effectual
Top Cat! Whose intellectual
Close friends get to call him T.C.
Providing it’s with dignity.
Top Cat! The indisputable
Leader of the gang.
He’s the boss, he’s the vip,
He’s the championship —
He’s the most tip top,
Top Cat.
Yes he’s a chief, he’s a king,
But above everything —
He’s the most tip top,
Top Cat.Music


Torchy the Battery Boy (1960/61)

MusicTorch-y- y! Torch-y- y!

Torchy, Torchy the little battery boy
I’m a clever walkie-talkie toy
With bright blue eyes and golden hair
I’ve a magic beam that can shine anywhere.

Torch-y-y, Torch-y- y!
The little battery boy.

Torchy, Torchy the battery boy,
I’m a walkie-talkie toy,
Press my switch, see my bulb start to gleam,
It’s the most magic light you-u-u ha-a-a-ve seen!Music


Trumpton (1967)

Here is the clock, the Trumpton clock – telling the time steadily, sensibly, never too quickly, never too slowly – telling the time for Trumpton.

[Brian Cant]


The Twilight Zone (1: 1959)

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man.
It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity.
It is the middle ground between light and shadow,
between science and superstition,
and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge.
This is the dimension of imagination.
It is an area which we call … the Twilight Zone.!


The Twilight Zone (2: 1961)

you’re travelling through another dimension,
a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind;
a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.
That’s the signpost up ahead. Your next stop … the Twilight Zone!


The Twilight Zone (3: 1962)

you’re travelling through another dimension,
a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind;
a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination.
Next stop … the Twilight Zone!


The Twilight Zone (4: 1964)

You unlock this door with the key of imagination.
Beyond it is another dimension — a dimension of sound,
a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind.
you’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas.
you’ve just crossed over into … the Twilight Zone!


Twizzle (1957)

MusicI’m a very special boy, Twizzle.
A very extra clever toy, Twizzle.
I’ve got a very special trick — just you wait and see.
When I start to go cri-crick, I’m taller than a tree!

I can make my arms long if I twizzle,
I can make my legs long if I twizzle,
When I walk along the road and see a wall,
O, I just start to crick myself,
I just start to crick myself until I’m tall.

I’m a very special toy, Twizzle,
An extra special twizzly toy, Twizzle,
Sometimes I can make myself so wee and small,
Sometimes I can twizzle till I’m very very tall.
I’m a very special toy, Twizzle,
Such a very clever toy, Twizzle,

My friends just watch me crick,
It’s such a lovely trick,
O, I love to grow just like a tree,
No other toy can crick like me,
I’m very special you can see,
’Cos I’m Twizzle.Music


Two of a Kind (1961)

MusicTwo of a kind, for your information, we’re two of a kind,
Two of a kind, it’s our observation, we’re two of a kind,
Like peas in a pod and birds of a feather,
Alone or together, you’ll find
That we are two-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo-oo-oo, oo of a kind.Music

See also “Morecambe & Wise Show


Two Up Two Down (1979)

MusicIt’s got two bedrooms and two floors — one’s ours and one’s yours,
You know there’s not much space in such a nice place,
The minute that we saw it we knew:
We got two up two down — we found ourselves a place in the heart of town,
We got two up two down, two up two down.

We got one bathroom and one bath, one garden — it’s got a path
That leads to some flowers (they’re not ours) but though we’re not alone
We’re very much at home in our —
Two up two down — we found ourselves a place in the heart of town,
We got two up two down — we share and share alike (we share and share alike)
’Cos that’s the way we like it (’cos that’s the way we like it)
That’s the way we like it!
Two up two down, two up two down.

We share and share alike (we share and share alike)
’Cos that’s the way we like it (’cos that’s the way we like it)
We don’t pay any rent and it’s better than a tent
We got two up two down — we found ourselves a place in the heart of town
We got two up two down, two up two down.
We found ourselves a place in the heart of town
We got two up two down……. (to fade)Music


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