UTV - Station's Recognised Signature Tunes

Station's Recognised Signature Tunes

In common with the 15 other stations in the ITV network Ulster Television had its own especially composed signature tunes that were played at the start of the programme schedule each day.

A piece of music titled Seamus by the American musician, composer and bandleader Van Phillips (1905-1992), who had earlier written the theme tune of the popular 1950s BBC radio science fiction drama Journey Into Space, that was used from 1959-1971.

UTV's most recognised signature tune, however, was the delightfully brilliant The Antrim Road, a classical symphony composed by the English musician Wayne Hill that was used from 1971-1983. Hill’s most-famous tune featured on the legendary Vision On, Take Hart childrens art show on BBC television. In time The Antrim Road became just as recognisable as the Ulster Television logo and presenters, consequently becoming an integral element of the station’s brand. The catchy piece of music is still fondly remembered today. The composition has not been formally employed since the advent of breakfast television on ITV in February 1983, although the tune was reworked in 2007 as the theme tune for the local comedy archive show UTV Rewind presented by Julian Simmons.

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