Sherlock named nation’s favourite TV theme tune in poll

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Crime drama series beats Doctor Who and Robin of Sherwood to win audience vote

It should have been elementary, but after some sleuthing all the evidence pointed to one thing: Sherlock has been crowned the nation’s favourite television theme tune.

The results were announced on Saturday at a special event hosted by Radio Times film editor and Classic FM presenter Andrew Collins and award-winning composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall, following a poll conducted by Radio Times magazine, the BFI and Classic FM.

Michael Price, one of the composers of the Sherlock theme tune, said: “Being a part of a TV show like Sherlock, which has reached so many people, is a genuinely humbling experience. Thanks hugely to all the Radio Times readers who voted for it – I can only apologise to everyone else who wanted their favourite to win. I voted for Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em.”

Collins said: “I’m not surprised that Sherlock’s dedicated followers turned out en masse to support their favourite show, and it really is a stirring piece of work, folding Victoriana into a more modern rock-style tune.”

Sherlock beat the 1963 theme for Doctor Who, composed by Delia Derbyshire and Ron Grainer into second place, while Robin of Sherwood came in third.

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