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Old 19-01-2013, 17:27
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Clive Anderson Talks Back on Channel Four used The Coasters Yakety Yak

His later BBC chat show used the brilliant Elvis Costello track Let Them All Talk

I don,t know if Joe Crocker,s fantastic version of With A Little Help from My Friends as used on The Wonder Years ever charted but it was certainly used in a Bank Of Scotland ad at the time the show was popular

The Bob Monkhouse fronted revival of Opportunity Knocks used Kiki Dee,s Star as its theme tune good track it is too IMO
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Old 19-01-2013, 17:36
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Chi Mai - The Life & Time of David Lloyd George.

Great track.
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Old 19-01-2013, 17:55
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Old 19-01-2013, 17:57
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Clive Anderson Talks Back on Channel Four used The Coasters Yakety Yak

His later BBC chat show used the brilliant Elvis Costello track Let Them All Talk

I don,t know if Joe Crocker,s fantastic version of With A Little Help from My Friends as used on The Wonder Years ever charted
but it was certainly used in a Bank Of Scotland ad at the time the show was popular

The Bob Monkhouse fronted revival of Opportunity Knocks used Kiki Dee,s Star as its theme tune good track it is too IMO
Massive number 1 in 1968.
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:04
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The American series "Cold Case" which ran for 156 episodes used a different chart song of the year of the "case" over the closing scene in every one.
These have a "cult" following and can be found with a total of hundreds of thousands of hits, on YouTube under "Cold Case endings."

Never a chart hit and not so much recently, but this was often used as a theme tune for many public affairs documentary or magazine programmes over the decades.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeZomqLM7BQ
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:06
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how soon is now by the smiths for charmed
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:27
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It didn't do very well in the charts, but Busy by Olly Murs was the theme tune to Me And Mrs Jones.
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:35
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:37
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Wolf gang - the king and all his men

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Old 19-01-2013, 18:43
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Old 19-01-2013, 18:43
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RTE Racing in Ireland have been alternating between 'Just Like Heaven' by The Cure and 'Viva La Vida' by Coldplay.
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Old 19-01-2013, 19:18
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Old 19-01-2013, 19:19
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Ermmm...all the CSI series...?
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Old 19-01-2013, 19:22
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His later BBC chat show used the brilliant Elvis Costello track Let Them All Talk
When did that go Top 40?
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Old 19-01-2013, 19:23
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Chi Mai - The Life & Time of David Lloyd George.

Great track.
That was a chart hit because it was used on telly, it wasn't an existing chart hit, which I think is what the OP is on about...
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Old 19-01-2013, 19:24
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The song had been a hit but not the version they used.
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Old 19-01-2013, 22:36
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Paul Hardcastle - The Wizzard.

This was used as the theme for Top Of The Pops between 1986 and 1991. Made the charts in 1986 when it was first used.

Love the track. Especially this slightly remixed version used in 1989 for the TOTP titles:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_I7mDjkzjg

You cannot get the slightly remixed version on CD unfortunately, but the 1986 original is available on this compilation from 2008:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Top-Pops-TOT...8635744&sr=1-1
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Old 19-01-2013, 22:43
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The song had been a hit but not the version they used.
Yes and ABBA's Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! was used for the tv series of the same name, featuring Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus. It ran on BBC2 on/off for three series between 1998 and 2001. Unfortunately, this version didn't make the charts, but ABBA's did in 1979.
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Old 19-01-2013, 23:00
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Old 19-01-2013, 23:01
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Tour of Duty had 'Paint It Black' by the Rolling Stones as its opening theme song.
Him & Her's theme tune is 'Boom Bang-A-Bang' by Lulu.
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Old 20-01-2013, 00:34
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Old 20-01-2013, 00:47
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Whole Lotta Love by Led Zep was used as the theme tune of Top Of The Pops, and Jessica by the Allman Brothers for Top Gear.
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Old 20-01-2013, 01:27
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Alishia's Attic I am I feel, was used for the ITV comedy which ran for 3 series My Wonderful Life.
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Old 20-01-2013, 01:43
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The Office (UK) used a version of Handbags & Gladrags.
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Old 20-01-2013, 02:10
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Paint It Black was used as the theme to Tour Of Duty.
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