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UK TV programmes 1955–1990


Wagon Train (1958–1966)

MusicRoll along, Wagon Train!

Rollin’ over prairie where there ain’t no grass
Rollin’ over mountain where there ain’t no pass
Sittin’ on a board
Eyein’ the weather
Prayin’ to the Lord
We stay together
Side by side on the Wagon Train.

Wagon Train, Roll along!

Pickin’ up a passenger in every town
Wonderin’ if he’s ever gonna shoot you down
Lookin’ for a pal
Ain’t it a pity?
Lookin for a gal
Needn’t be pretty
If she’ll ride on the Wagon Train

Wagons ho!

Gotta keep ’em on the run
Time to go!
And follow the sun
Roll along, Wagon Train!

Never had a cabin near a general store
Only had a wagon and a forty-four
Sittin’ on a board
Eyein’ the weather
Prayin’ to the Lord
We stay together
Side by side on the Wagon Train.Music


What’s My Line? (26 July 1951)

(Musical introduction)

Eamonn Andrews: What’s my Line — welcome!
Let’s meet the panel again — here we go:
Cyril Fletcher (applause)
Isobel Barnett (applause)
Barbara Kelly (applause)
And Gilbert Harding (applause).
As you know they’ve got to try and guess the lines or jobs of various people.
Ten honest “noes” and the challengers have beaten the panel.
Would our first challenger sign in please?


Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads (1973)

MusicOh what happened to you?
Whatever happened to me?
What became of the people
We used to be?
Tomorrow’s almost over
Today went rather fast
It’s the only thing to look forward to —
The past.Music

[Sequel to “The Likely Lads” sitcom of 1963/4]


When the Boat Comes In (1976–1981: BBC)

A series starred James Bolan as Jack Ford, a First World War veteran who returned to his poverty-stricken home town in the North East of England in the 1920s. The theme to the TV series was sung by Alex Glasgow and arranged by the composer David Fanshawe, and the words differed significantly from the traditional tune.

MusicCome here me little Jackie
Now ’av smoked me baccy
Let wer hev a cracky
Till the boat comes in.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a fishy when the boat comes in.

Here’s thy mother humming,
Like a canny woman;
Yonder comes thy father,
Drunk --- he cannot stand.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a haddock when the boat comes in.

Our Tommy’s always fuddling,
He’s so fond of ale,
But he’s kind to me,
I hope he’’ll never fail.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a bloater when the boat comes in

I like a drop mysel’,
When I can get it sly,
And thou, my bonny bairn,
Will like ’t as well as I.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a mackerel when the boat comes in.

May we get a drop,
Oft as we stand in need;
And weel may the keel row
That brings the bairns their bread.

Dance ti’ thy daddy, sing ti’ thy mammy,
Dance ti’ thy daddy, ti’ thy mammy sing;
Thou shall hev a fishy on a little dishy,
Thou shall hev a salmon when the boat comes in
.Music


White Horses (1968)

On white horses let me ride away
To my world of dreams so far away
Let me run
To the sun —

To a world my heart can understand
It’s a warm and gentle wonderland,
Far away
Stars away —

Where the clouds are made of candyfloss
As the day is born
When the stars are gone
We’ll race to meet the dawn.

So when I can only see the grey
Of a sad and very lonely day
That’s when I
Softly sigh
On white horses,
Snowy white horses,
Let me ride away
Away — Away —

To where the clouds are made of candy floss
As the day is born,
When the stars are gone,
We’ll race to meet the dawn.

So when I can only see the grey
Of a sad and very lonely day
That’s when I softly sigh
On white horses
Snow white horses
Let me ride away
Away….


Why Don’t You…?”

MusicWhy don’t you,
Why don’t you
Switch off your TV set
And do something less boring instead?Music


Wide Awake Club (1984: ITV)

MusicWe’re wide awake!
It’s good to know you’re ready and you’re wide awake
So on your marks and get set, go!
It’s Saturday, no school today, so what you gonna do?
There’s no excuse to stay in bed we’re waiting here for you
Oh, Wide Awake … your start
Here it is … our show
Join now, stay tuned, okay, let’s go!
We’re Wide Awake!Music


William Tell

MusicCome away, come away with William Tell,
Come away to the land he loved so well,
What a day what a day when the apple fell
For Tell, of Switzerland.Music

(Full words here)


The Wind in the Willows (1983–1990: ITV1)

MusicThe wind in the willows sang softly to me,
Follow my voice wherever it leads,
Through mountains and valleys and deep rolling seas,
Born on the wings of the breeze

Spin me a dream, woven silver and gold
Of sunshine and shadows and days long ago.
Where people are memories and stories unfold
Willows, the tales you have told me.

Wind in the Willows you just seem to know
Who you can turn to and which way to go
To unwind your wondrous mind.
Wind in the Willows, take me home.Music

[Sung by Ralph McTell]


The Wombles (1967)

MusicUnderground, overground, wombling free,
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we,
Making good use of the things that we find,
Things that the everyday folks leave behind.

Uncle Bulgaria,
He can remember
The days when he wasn’t behind the times,
With his map of the world,
Pick up the papers and take ’em to Tobermory.

Wombles are organised, work as a team,
Wombles are tidy and Wombles are clean,
Underground, overground, wombling free,
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we.

People don’t notice us, they never see
Under their noses a Womble may be,
We womble by night and we womble by day,
Looking for litter to trundle away.

We’re so incredibly utterly devious,
Making the most of everything
Even bottles and tins,
Pick up the pieces and make ’em into something new
Is what we do.

Underground, overground, wombling free,
The Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we,
Making good use of the things that we find,
Things that the everyday folks leave behind.
Music


Wonder Woman (1976)

MusicWonder Woman, Wonder Woman,
All the world’s waiting for you
And the power you possess.

In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman,
Now the world is ready for you
And the wonders you can do.

Make a hawk a dove,
Stop a war with love,
Make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman,
Get us out from under, Wonder Woman,
All our hopes are pinned on you
And the magic that you do.

Stop a bullet cold,
Make the Axis fall,
Change their minds, and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman,
you’re a wonder, Wonder Woman.Music


The Woodentops (1950s)

This is a story about the Woodentops.
There was Mummy Woodentop and the baby, and Daddy Woodentop.
And then there were Willie and Jenny, the twins,
And Mrs Scrubbit who comes to help Mummy.
And Sam who helps Daddy Woodentop.
And last of all, the very biggest spotty dog you ever did see.
And they all live together in a little house in the country.


The Woody Woodpecker Show (from 1957: ABC TV)

MusicCaw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw!
That’s the Woody Woodpecker’s song.
Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw!
He’s pecking it all day long.

He pecks a few holes in a tree to see
If a redwood’s really red,
And it’s nothing to him, on the tiniest whim,
To peck a few holes in your head!

That’s the Woody Woodpecker’s song,
That’s the Woody Woodpecker’s tune,
Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw!
Makes the other woodpeckers swoon.

Though it doesn’t make sense to the dull and the dense
Why all the lady woodpeckers long
For caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw!
That’s the Woody Woodpecker song.

Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw, Caw-caw-caw-caw-caw!
That’s the Woody Woodpecker song
Coo-coo, coo-coo-coo — I love you too-oo
He’s pecking it all day long.

He pecks a few holes in a tree to see
If a redwood’s really red
And it’s nothing to him, on the tiniest whim
To peck a few holes in your head….Music


The Worker (1965–70)

I gets up every mornin’ when the clock strikes eight,
I’m always punctual, never never late,
With a nice cup of tea, a little round of toast,
The Sporting Life and the Winning Post.
I gets all nice and cozy, then I toddles off to work,
I do the best I can
Cos I’m only a-doin’ what a bloke should do,
Cos I’m only a workin’ man!

[Sung by the star of the programme, Charlie Drake]


The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

MusicWyatt Earp, Wyatt Earp,
Brave courageous and bold,
Long live his fame
And long live his glory
And long may his story be told.Music


Yogi Bear

MusicYogi Bear is smarter than the average bear,
Yogi Bear is always in the ranger’s hair.
At a picnic table you will find him there
Stuffing down more goodies than the average bear.

He will sleep till noon, but before it’s dark
He’ll have every picnic basket that’s in Jellystone Park.
Yogi has it better than a millionaire,
That’s because he’s smarter than the average bear.Music


The Young Ones (1982: BBC)

MusicOnce in every lifetime,
Comes a love like this,
Oh I need you, you need me,
Oh my darling can’t you see,
Young ones,
Darling we’re the young ones
And young ones shouldn’t be afraid
To live, love, there’s a song to be sung
’Cause we may not be the young ones very long.Music


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25 August, 2010

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