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BMG in theme tune frenzy following BBC deal

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2016


‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ has been named the best sitcom of the 21st century so far, in a public poll conducted by the Radio Times, as if – in this age of Brexit – we needed any more proof that the public really shouldn’t be consulted about anything.

Anyway, this counts as music news today because BMG has just acquired the rights to the ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ theme tune in a deal with the BBC’s commercial division BBC Worldwide. Though not just the theme tune to ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’. I mean, what would be the point of that? Other than pandering to popular opinion, I suppose.

No, the music rights firm has scored itself a nice little slice of BBC Worldwide’s music publishing catalogue, which also includes the theme tunes to programmes like ‘Luther’ and ‘Frozen Planet’, and incidental music from shows like ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Wolf Hall’.

Composers whose works are amongst those now to be repped by BMG include Ty Unwin, Murray Gold, George Fenton, Paul Englishby and Debbie Wiseman.

Confirming all this, BMG UK chief Alexi Cory-Smith told reporters: “It’s a real honour to be entrusted with these great BBC works from world class composers that have made numerous important contributions to British culture throughout their careers”.

She went on: “Shows like ‘Luther’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ and many others in this catalogue are household names and the composers behind them have unrivalled track records. As with all our clients at BMG, we’re committed to providing them with similarly unrivalled service and transparency”.