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Down Your Way (Derek Haslam, Dec.21st,2007)

ComposerMusicAssociated with
Haydn WoodThe Horse Guards, Whitehall (From suite: London Landmarks)Down Your Way
Arthur WoodBarwick Green (From suite: Our Native Heath)The Archers
Charles WilliamsThe Devil's GalopDick Barton: Special Agent
Charles WilliamsHigh AdventureFriday Night is Music Night
Eric CoatesBy the Sleepy LagoonDesert Island Discs
Eric CoatedCalling all WorkersMusic while you Work
Robert FarnonPortrait of a Flirt 
Robert FarnonJumping Bean 
Vivian EllisCoronation ScotPaul Temple detective series
Vivian EllisAlpine PasturesMy Word
Hubert BathOut of the BlueSports Report
Colin SmithLooking AroundThe Appleyards
Charles WilliamsGirls in GreyBBC Television Newsreel
John MalcolmNon-stopITV News
Woolf PhilipsParisian ModeWhat's my Line?
Charles WilliamsYoung BallerinaThe potter's wheel interlude
Eric CoatesHalcyon Days (from suite: The Three Elizabeths)The Forsyte Saga
Ronald BingeThe WatermillThe Secret Garden
Trevor DuncamMarch (From little suite)Dr. Finlay's Casebook
Lennox BerkeleyRondo from Divertimento????????
Eric CoatesMarch: KnightsbridgeIn Town Tonight

I included the two pieces by Robert Farnon because no programme devoted to British light music would be complete without something by this Canadian-born composer who made his home in England after the 2nd War. The items are both so catchy and are (or were) so well-known that it's almost certain they were used as signature tunes from time to time; I just can't say for what programmes.

The Lennox Berkeley item stands out in this company as a piece of "straight classical" music which I know for certain was the original signature tune (later changed) to an early 50s television programme. I have been unable to identify the programme or contact anyone who knows the answer. I thought it was used for "Panorama" in its earliest days but information on the Web seems to contradict that. If anyone does know please email me!

Derek Haslam