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New Archers Theme Tune

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Brian EnoComposer - Brian Eno
The familiar jingle 'dum di dum di dum di dum...' is to be relegated into the vaults of history. After several decades, the popular theme tune is to be refreshed and updated.

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Reporter Mark Coles finds out why the Archers theme tune needs updating...
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The Archers is set in Ambridge, a beautiful Borsetshire village, nestling in the Vale of the River Am, under the watchful eye of the Hassett Hills. However - in recent years Ambridge has become a racy hotbed of affairs and scandals. To the extent that the jovial uplifting tune is deemed to be out of date - not reflecting the new urban problems facing the local residents.

In order to move with the times, bosses at Radio 4 have decided to give the 53 year old soap a facelift. To increase the appeal to a younger audience, BBC Executives have commissioned composer and musician, Brian Eno, to remix the existing tune.

What will the new jingle sound like? Listen here.

The Original 'dum-di-dum' Tune?

It’s a ‘maypole dance’ called Barwick Green from the suite My Native Heath, written in 1924 by the Yorkshire composer Arthur Wood.

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