Which are the best TV show credits?

From Doctor Who to Fresh Prince of Bel Air, RadioTimes.com writers pick their favourite television theme tunes...


Every now and again a Twitter hashtag comes along that ignites discussion in the RadioTimes.com office. Today’s offering: #BestTVShowCredits. Should it be Doctor Who’s eerie sci-fi tones? Mad Men’s beguiling imagery? Of course, everyone knows the lyrics to Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but is it the best?


It’s a topic ripe for debate, so we each put forward the case for our favourite. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments box below…

The Great British Bake Off

There’s basically a whole lot of cake. Cake, cake, and a bit more cake. There’s the promise that you’re about to see a whole lot of people cook cakes and you can eat a cake and not feel that bad about it because Bake Off is on and it’s basically a rule that you should eat cake. The music is all jolly and summery and there’s cake. Did I mention that there’s cake? Emma Daly

Doctor Who


The electronic screech, that beat of drums and then we’re off, cascading through time and space as Doctor Who begins. We recently ranked the different iterations of the 50-plus-year-old sequence, and while there have been a lot of changes over the years, one fact emerged – there are few opening credits quite so iconic as these. Huw Fullerton