PM The Upshares, Downshares theme tune

A graph showing plunging share prices.

Upshares, Downshares, the PM programme's daily business and economics slot with Nils Blythe, charted the economic crisis daily from November 2008. Once the listeners (David Cartwright in fact) had named the slot, we began to play the original theme from Upstairs, Downstairs ... but then, unbidden, listeners began sending in their own renditions and interpretations of the tune.

Almost a hundred versions later, and the slot had developed into one of the stranger corners of PM. But with the UK officially declared out of recession in January 2010, it was logical to bring the curtain down on Upshares.

Eddie wrote about the end of the feature on the PM blog.

Here then are all the versions PM has played over the year, from crumhorns to the carillon at York Minster, covering Bee Gees to Bach to Elvis, and featuring some very special versions recorded with the original composer Alexander Faris, playing on solo piano and conducting the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

A number of listeners have inquired about a charity CD release of these themes. The idea is currently under consideration, but in the meantime, people wishing to make a donation are invited to contribute to Children in Need.

Charting the recession in song

Sandy Faris, the composer of the original Upstairs, Downstairs theme tune.

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