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Classical Music and TV Themes Quiz

Classical music is used as the theme or signature tune of many UK TV programmes and advertisements. Match the music to the programme. 10 Questions.

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Easy one to start. Which western used Rossini's "William Tell" overture as its signature tune?

  • Rawhide
  • Wagon Train
  • Bonanza
  • The Lone Ranger


"Monty Python's Flying Circus" always started with which Sousa march?

  • The Washington Post
  • The Liberty Bell
  • Stars and Stripes Forever
  • King Cotton


Which UK comedy used Schubert's "Trout" Quintet as its signature tune (maybe because it was a programme about 'old trouts')?

  • One Foot in the Grave
  • All Gas and Gaiters
  • Waiting for God
  • Last of the Summer Wine


Which piece by Sibelius introduced ITV's "This Week" (1956-1978)?

  • Valse Triste
  • Finlandia
  • En Saga
  • Karelia


A 1973 advertisement featured a boy with a bike bringing bread up Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, using Dvorak's "New World" symphony as its theme. What brand of bread?

  • Hovis
  • Warburtons
  • Sunblest
  • Mother's Pride


"Jonathan Creek" starring Alan Davies, used what composition as its signature tune?

  • The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Dukas)
  • Danse Macabre (Saint Saens)
  • Love, the Magician (Falla)
  • The Magic Flute (Mozart)


Khachaturian's "Spartacus" was used as the signature tune by which television programme about boats?

  • The Onedin Line
  • Triangle
  • America's Cup
  • Whicker's World


"At the Castle Gate" from Pelleas et Melisande by Sibelius has been used since April 1957 as which programme's theme? Incidentally with the same presenter all the time.

  • Panorama
  • University Challenge
  • The Money Programme
  • The Sky at Night


A hard one. "Monitor", a BBC arts programme (1958-1965) used which piece as its theme?

  • "The Unanswered Question" by Charles Ives
  • "Babel's Tower" by Gösta Nystroem
  • "Serenade for Strings" by Dag Wiren
  • "Egdon Heath" by Gustav Holst


Can you match the music with the TV advertisement?

Drag items from right column to match with left column


  • P & O Cruises
  • Barclays Offset Mortgage
  • Cadbury's Bournville chocolate
  • British Airways


  • Zadok the Priest (Handel)
  • Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach)
  • Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie)
  • Flower Duet from Lakme (Delibes)