Theme tunes are a powerful weapon in nostalgia: how often have you hummed the A-Team theme while changing a fuse, or whistled the Thunderbirds march while backing out of your driveway. Well, you’re not alone, with many classic TV shows receiving their own brilliant translations overseas. Here are a few of our favourites.
Tom and Jerry (Germany)
The German version of Tom und Jerry, sung by the popular Austrian entertainer Udo Jürgens, makes the perennial war between cat and mouse sound downright civilised. In the chorus, Jerry thanks Tom for bringing him flowers. Aww. Bitte schön.
Starsky and Hutch (France)
The original American wah-wah-soul is cooler than the Gallic remake, but Starsky et Hutch wins points for its whimsical side. What is Starsky and Hutch about? “Two policemen who like to dream and laugh.” Don’t we all.
The A-Team (France)
First of all, Agence Tous Risques (The All-Risks Agency) is a much better name. Secondly, why didn’t the original theme have lyrics? Thirdly, I’m going to sing this every time I watch the A-Team from now on.