Saturday, 26 April 2014

Theme Time : Jimmy Smith - The Money Programme

The Money Programme started on BBC2 in 1966 as "a new weekly magazine about international business" Sounds dull doesn't it? The BBC executives at the time thought just that, deeming it a "boring" premise for a show and expressing reservations that a regular audience would be out there for such a show. Yet there was, and it ran for forty four years until 2010. 

It also had this incredible theme tune from Jimmy Smith, a brassy arrangement that positively oozed power, which originated from Lalo Schifrin's main theme for the 1964 George Peppard film The Carpetbaggers, based on the novel by Harold Robbins and inspired by the life of Howard Hughes.

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