Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Theme Time : Jim Diamond - Boon

Boon was a popular ITV drama series that ran from 1986 to 1992 (with a one off in 1995) revolving around the life of a modern day Lone Ranger figure and ex firefighter Ken Boon played by Michael Elphick.

The series was devised by Jim Hill and Bill Stair as a modern day western set in the midlands of the UK with Ken Boon dispensing justice from his steel horse (a motorbike). The duo picked the character name of Boon in honour of the lead actor from the 1950s Western series Have Gone Will Travel, Richard Boone. Their series, which was originally to be called 'Anything Legal Considered' - Boon's original newspaper advert following him being invalided out of the fire brigade following the brave rescue of a small child read 'Ex fireman seeks interesting work. Anything legal considered' -  followed that classic series template of a troubleshooting cowboy answering distress calls from town to town. The title was subsequently changed to Boon to cash in on the trend of the main character's name being the title of the show (Bergerac, Shoestring etc) and over the course of seven successful series we saw Boon and his former firefighting colleague Harry Crawford (David Daker) operate a motornike courier/dispatch firm called 'Texas Rangers' and several security, private investigation and bodyguard companies.

The show's theme tune Hi Ho Silver was written and performed by Jim Diamond. It proved so popular that it was quickly released as a single and reached number 5 in the UK charts in 1986. Other music in the programme was provided by American songsmith Dean Friedman 

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