Check out this excellent stop-motion animation from online comics Rhett and Link:
Monthly Archives: February 2010
The series was made in France in 1964 and first aired in Germany in four 90-minute episodes. The dubbed English-language version was split into 13 half-hour episodes and first aired in the UK in late 1965.
It remained a regular fixture on British kids’ TV, on Saturday mornings and during the school holidays, throughout the 1970s and early 80s, before the BBC’s broadcast rights finally ran out in 1982.
The English language version did not only replace the dialogue on the soundtrack – it also ditched the mediocre music from the French/German versions with a wonderful new theme and score written by Robert Mellin and Gian Pier Reverberi (the latter of whom would later found Rondò Veneziano).
It’s this theme that the series is probably best remembered for and which is etched into the memory of generations of British kids. It is another genuine contender for the title of greatest TV theme tune of all time.
Here is that theme tune from the English-language version as it originally aired on TV (plus the opening six minutes or so of the first episode):
And here is the wonderful suite of music that makes up the full version of the theme tune:
Hawaii Five-O is perhaps the most iconic of the 60s/70s US cop shows.
It began in 1968, the same year the Choob was born, and ran for 12 seasons (278 episodes) before Detective Steve McGarrett (played by Jack Lord) stopped pounding the island beat for good in 1980.
Surprisingly, since it aired throughout my childhood, I don’t actually recall ever seeing a single episode of Hawaii Five-O. I remember watching most of the other US cop/detective shows that made it onto UK TV in the 70s, such as Harry O, Cannon, Ironside, Kojak, The Streets Of San Francisco, The Rockfod Files and many others. But not Hawaii Five-O.
However, everyone knows the show’s wonderful theme tune, which was written by Morton Stevens. It’s undeniably one of TV’s best.
Here are two slightly different versions of the opening titles – the first is a bit longer and I think may be from the pilot episode:
There were two distinct versions of the closing credits. These are the ones that aired in season one:
And these are more familiar, canoe-footage ones that were used for the rest of the show’s run:
Here is the full-lengthversion of the theme tune:
The Hawaii Five-O theme also features in my favourite scene of the rather sweet 2000 Aussie movie The Dish:
Have you bought your Dharma Initiative maternity T-shirt yet?
Well, you can’t. The Hanso Foundation hasn’t managed to expand that far into parallel universes just yet.
Click on the above link for the full range but here are a few examples to whet your appetite:
As you may have noticed, from the little hit counter over there on the right, The Cathode Ray Choob celebrated its 50,000th hit the other day.
Many thanks for all who have chooned in over the past 13 months, especially those of you who like it here enough to keep coming back regularly.
Having kept up a daily posting schedule for most of last year, you’ll maybe have noticed that some of the weekly features are currently taking a rest and that we’re down to about three or four posts a week at the moment.
Don’t worry, The Choob’s not going anywhere. I’m just rethinking the content of the blog and, and as a result, some of last year’s regular features will be on indefinite hiatus and some will become semi-regular.
This should free up a little time to do some more original stuff than has so far been realistic given time constraints.
Anyway, I hope you’ll keep watching this space and, as a thank you for your continued visits, here’s a cool little flip-book animation of, well… pretty much everything! It’s by Jamie Bell.
Excellent, eh? Although, I think I still prefer this different take on the same idea, which I first mentioned in this post last April:
And now, some facts and figures:
I’ve posted 423 articles since starting the blog on December 22, 2008.
Currently, the site is getting an average of around 270 hits per day. The busiest day so far was January 2, 2009, with 759 hits.
And finally, here are the all-time top 10 Choob posts so far:
- Gabrielle Anwar’s Freaky Naked Torso
- Doctor Who: A New Tardis And Latest Pics From The Set
- Doctor Who – First Photos From The Season Five Set And The New TARDIS
- Top Of The Pops Thursday: Nena – 99 Red Balloons / 99 Luftballons
- Blake’s 7 Teleports Back Onto BBC1
- It’s Classic Clip Friday: WKRP In Cincinnati – Turkey Drop
- Top Of The Pops Thursday: Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time
- Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – Buck Rogers In The 25th Century
- TV Newsround – Penny Spent? Kate Going? The Next Gen Boldly Returning? And More…
- BBC Winter Olympics Trailer Deserves A Medal
Do you love Lost? Are you up the duff? Getting ready to ‘hatch’?
This is for you:
Yes, it’s the Dharma Initiative maternity T-shirt. Get it here.