Saturday, October 1, 2011

Day 20 - my favourite title sequence

Another category with plenty of options to choose from. There's the brilliant scene setting opening to the Prisoner episodes. I love the purple wigs and Interceptor pilots sliding down chutes in UFO. I'm very tempted by the countdown, blast-offs and explosions of Thunderbirds but we might hear more about that tomorrow. There's a great combination of music and images at the start of the John Steed with Mrs Peel era of The AvengersThe Tomorrow People had such a great opening that promised so much, it's just a pity that the programme that followed it was so terrible. And there is something magnificently eerie about the Quatermass titles.

But let's put all those to one side and consider an original that is still the best. A piece of music so spooky that it has its own entry in Channel 4's list of the 100 Scariest Moments of all time. The BBC then combined that fantastic musical composition with some video feedback and gave us the classic television opening. It's still scary enough to make me consider getting behind the sofa.

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