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It's true! The PM theme returns tomorrow for one night only.

Eddie Mair | 19:22 UK time, Wednesday, 13 May 2009

...provided we can find it. (ahem)

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  • 1. At 7:27pm on 13 May 2009, Sid wrote:

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  • 2. At 7:31pm on 13 May 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    I hope someone's told jonnie ;o)

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  • 3. At 8:19pm on 13 May 2009, dottymama wrote:

    Hello. I have been a regular PM listener for a couple of years now but have never been moved to email/text/post until now. I can't tell you how excited I am that the theme tune will be played tomorrow evening. I don't remember it you see, but I am hoping it will put a long-unanswered question to rest.
    My mother was a Radio 4 listener and I have a very strong memory of a particular theme tune playing when I was a child (I can hear it in my mind right now as I type). When I became a Radio 4 listener myself in my mid-twenties the theme tune seemed to have disappeared from the network, but it has stuck in my head and I would love to know just what it was the theme tune to. If my mother were still around I could have asked her to enlighten me, but sadly she died twenty years ago.
    So, I will be glued to my Pure at 5pm tomorrow. Here's hoping that this is the one...

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  • 4. At 8:59pm on 13 May 2009, Blogarooney wrote:

    Is it the one that goes do dee do do dee do dee do dee do dee do dee doo dee do? Yes, I think I vaguely remember it too. Will be all ears.

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  • 5. At 9:19pm on 13 May 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Blogarooney, I think that was it. Were there not some Bopbah's in it also?

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  • 6. At 9:29pm on 13 May 2009, Blogarooney wrote:

    Stewart (5) Now you mention it, I think you you're right. Funny how these things come back in a flash as if it were yesterday. I'm humming as I type.

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  • 7. At 9:36pm on 13 May 2009, annasee wrote:

    Where's Peter Rippon? He just loved that theme tune, didn't he? Someone email him to make sure he doesn't miss it, quick.

    I shall be all ears from start to finish. And does this mean we can get rid of the Upstairs Downstairs music now? Cos I'm starting to get fed up with it, however many variations you introduce.

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  • 8. At 10:00pm on 13 May 2009, Septic wrote:

    Hurrah.... all we need now is 'Lilly Bolero' back on the World Service and all will be right in the universe.

    Thank you, Eddie. It makes up for my new job going to an ex-job after 5 days. Change of plans by the govt department involved, and as a freelancer, I was surplus to the revised plan.

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  • 9. At 10:14pm on 13 May 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    I'll be back on Friday then.

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  • 10. At 10:16pm on 13 May 2009, smilingspursmike wrote:

    I am a Benefit Fraud Investigator within Local Government. I have heard many MP's saying it was a mistake that they have had Public money. On a daily basis I interview people who are at the lower end of the scoial scale who tell me thye haven't committed Fraud but it was a mistake. What's the difference betwen the people I interview and MP's,none. Those that have ver received and pay back should be charged with Fraud and prosecuted like the ordinary people in the street

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  • 11. At 10:20pm on 13 May 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Google evidently likes the BBC...

    I tried searching for evidence of the PM theme, to get a sneak peak...

    And the top result was this very thread (followed closely by the campaign to save the R4 UK Theme)...

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  • 12. At 10:45pm on 13 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Ah, 'that' tune. Lovely.

    Eddie, will you be wearing ear plugs?

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  • 13. At 10:52pm on 13 May 2009, Patrick Too wrote:

    I hope Eddie remembers to get it right! "It's PM at Five PM" Oh I used to turn it up loud!

    "This is BBC Radio Four"

    Pip pip pip pip pip peep

    BAM! Bam bam bambambambambam bambambam ba ba ba baa!

    "It's PM At Five PM"

    Great Stuff!

    As it's nostalgia time - I have my nostalgia cassette on hand to put in the nostalgia hifi to record this auspicious occasion!

    Signed: Your Old Friend Uncle Rubbish.

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  • 14. At 00:17am on 14 May 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    There have been at least two PM sigs, though, haven't there?

    Mine was:

    doo-doo-doodley diddley
    doo-doo-doodley doodley
    doo-doo-doodley doodley
    Doooooo




    Strewth. Now this is listener power.

    I mean, it was never, never,never,NEVER again.

    Talk about nomination for 2010 Sony interactive award!

    Frog powerrrr!

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  • 15. At 02:44am on 14 May 2009, Patrick Too wrote:

    All right! Who remembers the different tunes used for "Weekending" then!

    Oh! Sorry, got a bit carried away there......

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  • 16. At 06:00am on 14 May 2009, dennisjunior1 wrote:

    That's Great News...

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  • 17. At 06:43am on 14 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    I'm looking forward to hearing it. I had thought the PM theme tune was an urban myth.

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  • 18. At 08:29am on 14 May 2009, Stephen - Leader of STROP wrote:

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  • 19. At 10:13am on 14 May 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    L_S 17, And you think that you are an urbane miss.

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  • 20. At 10:14am on 14 May 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Which Archers theme do you prefer?

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  • 21. At 10:18am on 14 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    My dog likes them all. Or seems to.

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  • 22. At 10:34am on 14 May 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    As I said elsewhere, but nobody seems to care, go to the bottom of this link for three PM theme songs.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/pm/history.shtml

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  • 23. At 10:42am on 14 May 2009, Paul L wrote:

    Which of the three themes will be played though.

    Can I vote for the 1996 one please.

    try here for all 3!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/pm/history.shtml

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  • 24. At 11:40am on 14 May 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    David, I care, and I've thanked you elsewhere.

    Like the hairyoldfart, I'm for the 1996 version. Dynamic - like Eddie?

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  • 25. At 11:46am on 14 May 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (19) David, that was rather witty.

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  • 26. At 1:09pm on 14 May 2009, Patrick Too wrote:

    ["23. At 10:42am on 14 May 2009, hairyoldfart wrote:

    Which of the three themes will be played though.

    Can I vote for the 1996 one please.

    try here for all 3!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/pm/history.shtml "]

    Ah! That was the page I was looking for! The '86 one was OK, but very much of it's time - the '96 version has a Channel Four News timeless quality about it - and Ch 4's has changed little over the years and also sounds great with the volume up!

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  • 27. At 4:29pm on 14 May 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Or, they could try here for all three...

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/pm/history.shtml

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  • 28. At 4:44pm on 14 May 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Patrick Too (26) but if we are talking nostalgia should we not be hearing something that was 'very much of its time'?

    Thanks for the link, David, I've been listening to them all and I think have a marginal preference in the nostalgia stakes for 1986 then 1970 and the most recent last.

    I don't suppose we could have all three? No, I thought not.

    My breath is bated......

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  • 29. At 10:47pm on 18 May 2009, Matt wrote:

    Hearing the PM theme again for the first time since I was about 11 brought back great memories of my childhood. I almost expected hearing one of the SOS messages that used to be announced between 5pm and 6pm in the days before mobile telephones!

    I think having a theme tune adds authority to PM as a programme and differentiates it from conventional news programming. (Think of Newsnight and you think of the opening titles, whereas, say the BBC 10 o'clock news titles are not as readily associated with the programme).

    Bring back some opening titles!!

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