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I'LL HUM THAT TUNE; Hawaii Five-O is voted top telly theme music.

CULT police show Hawaii Five-0 was yesterday named the TV programme with the most memorable theme tune.

The classic 70s hit, starring Jack Lord as supercool detective Steve McGarret, was famous for its opening scenes in which macho surfers battled through giant breakers in canoes.

It was among a number of golden oldies to make the top 20 in a survey of hummable title tunes.

The Professionals, another 70s detective show - starring Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw as Body and Doyle - came second.

And in third place was classic series Black Beauty, based on the famous children's book about a horse in Victorian England.

The survey, by building society Abbey National, revealed theme tunes from shows up to 30 years old had the edge on modern-day programmes.

Abbey National's Anne Somers said last night: "It shows many pop songs come and go but a classic TV theme tune can last for ages."

Old time TV favourites Magic Roundabout, Heidi, The Waltons and Stingray also featured highly in the top 20 table.

The battle of the soaps was won by Aussie show Neighbours which came fourth in the survey to beat EastEnders and Coronation Street.

Sports programme tunes were popular with Ski Sunday and the Grand Prix pipping Match Of The Day and Grandstand.

Anne Somers added: "It is amazing how certain theme tunes remain in the public conscience.

"Especially those from the 1970s and 1980s.

"In particular the public's fondness for 70s tunes may reflect the many TV and satellite channels showing the old classics.

"It seems telly theme tune writing hit its peak during the 1970s with shows like Hawaii Five-O and The Professionals.

"Having said that, Ski Sunday and Match Of The Day have very stirring music that captures the viewer's attention

"A brilliant theme tune can easily make or break a TV series."

However, there was some surprise at the theme tunes that never made the top 20.

Popular shows such as Blind Date, Emmerdale and Dad's Army didn't get a look in.

Yet they have all attracted millions of avid viewers.

NUMBERS 11-20

Grand Prix

Match Of The Day

The Simpsons

Dallas

Grandstand

Magic Roundabout

The Waltons

Heidi

Stingray

Grange Hill
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