Saturday, 27 April 2013

Theme Time : Ronnie Hazelhurst - Sorry!

If like me you were the kind of kid in the 80s who sat in front of the TV taking an interest not just in the programme itself but in its end credits too - reading and making a mental note of people who were responsible for roles like floor managers and vision mixers - then you'll have ingrained on your brain the name Ronnie Hazelhurst. Because Ronnie Hazelhurst seemed to be responsible for virtually every TV theme tune.

Sorry! was little more than a vehicle for little comic Ronnie Corbett. It ran from 1981 to 1982 and again from '85 to '88. Only mildly amusing, its content really needn't detain us too much here. No, what really matters is the theme tune. It was actually composed by Gaynor Colbourn and Hugh Wisdom but was arranged and conducted by the ubiquitous Hazelhurst. It was a thing of magic.

It's not just me who rates the late great Hazelhurst's theme for Sorry! Matt Berry also loves it, as these clips from Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe show...

Mr Hazelhurst will appear rather regularly here on Theme Time

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