Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – Get On Board… Here Come The Double Deckers!


I spent far too many hours of my childhood in the ’70s and ’80s watching Saturday-morning TV. This is something we will revisit, I’m sure, but for now, The Cathode Ray Choob’s first-ever Theme Tune Tuesday honours one of the finest Saturday-morning shows ever made.

Here Come The Double Deckers! was a mainstay of Saturday-morning TV throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Although very British in style and content, the show was, in fact, an Anglo-US co-production, with independent British film studio Century Films teaming up with the television arm of 20th Century Fox. In fact, the show aired on America, on the ABC network. in September 1970 – some four months before it was first shown on BBC1, in January 1971. Only a single season of 17 episodes was made.

The Double Deckers was a gang of seven kids whose clubhouse was an old double-deckerLondon bus, complete with an ingenious security mechanism to keep out intruders (as seen in operation during the opening credits).

Two members of the young cast went on to find fame as adults. Peter Firth, who played the gang’s leader Scooper, appeared in the stage and film versions of Equus and The Hunt For Red October, and most recently in the BBC1 spy drama Spooks (or MI-5, as it’s known in the US). And Brinsley Forde, who played Spring, later became lead singer of reggae band Aswad.

Many familiar British character actors appeared in guest roles during the series but the only regular adult star was Melvyn Hayes, who played the gang’s pal Albert, a street cleaner. Hayes would later find lasting fame as Gunner “Gloria” Beaumont in BBC1 sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.

Hayes also co-wrote the Double Deckers theme song, which is, quite simply one of the all-time great TV theme tunes – perhaps the best ever, certainly in the top 5. Here then are the opening credits and theme from Here Come The Double Deckers! Enjoy…

(High quality version here.)

And since it’s the season of goodwill to all, here is the closing theme and credits.

(High quality version here.)

For more info and features about Here Come The Double Deckers, check out this fan site, which has a wealth of information, behind the scenes photos and retrospective interviews with many of the cast.

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4 responses to “Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – Get On Board… Here Come The Double Deckers!

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