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Black 'n' White telly still the best.

CULT 60s classic The White Horses tops a new poll of Britain's favourite TV theme tunes.

It is followed by Doctor Who and Van der Valk, the Dutch cop series starring Barry Foster.

And Black Beauty keeps them company in the top five.

The poll, by Teletext, put the song to the White Horses at No1.

The track to the popular series - which was a staple of summer holiday viewing - was recorded by Irish singer Jacky and reached the chart top 10 in 1968.

In second place in the TV poll is the music from Doctor Who.

It was the first TV series in the world to have a theme tune made electronically.

The tune to the new series features samples of the 1963 original.

Third-placed Van der Valk's signature tune, Eye Level, was recorded by the Simon Park Orchestra and is based on a Dutch nursery rhyme.

It reached No1 in the UK singles charts in 1973.

The fourth most popular tune is On The Inside, the theme to Prisoner Cell Block H.

The song reached the top five as a single in the UK in 1989.

The New Adventures Of Black Beauty theme tune, Galloping Home, written by Denis King and performed by the London String Chorale, was fifth in the poll.

In ratings for the top children's TV the me tunes, The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe bagged the top spot.

It was followed by The Banana

Splits Adventure Hour, Champion The Wonder Horse, Rainbow and Thundercats.


1 The White Horses 25%

2 Doctor Who 61 23%

3 Van der Valk 21%

4 Prisoner Cell Block H 17%

5 The New Adventures of Black Beauty 15%


1 The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe 22%

2 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour 18%

3 Champion the Wonder Horse 16%

4 Rainbow 12%

5 ThunderCats 12%


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 20, 2007
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