Is that the sound of beatnik jazz under yellow streetlamps in sort of grainy black and white? Then it must be time for third instalment of Box Set Go, the podcast series in which myself and Ben Baker (whose dusty case files can be found typed up on his blog here) press our informants to squeal about some of the albums that the so-called ‘detectives’ who put together those lists in The Guardian and what have you don’t have – boom boom – a clue about.
So loiter in a smokey speakeasy, drive sideways into a pile of cardboard boxes, pull up at a stately home in a vintage car and do whatever it was that Spender did exactly, because this week’s featured album is BBC Detective Themes – a collection of small-screen sig tunes for the likes of Kojak, Maigret, Dick Barton, Paul Temple, Starsky & Hutch, Z-Cars, Shoestring, Jim Rockford, Dixon (Dock Green) and The Two Ronnies. Yes, The Two Ronnies. Have a listen and you’ll find out why.
Along the way we’ll be finding out what villain was responsible for the nine notes at the end of every mid-eighties ITV Light Entertainment show, why Austin Powers isn’t exactly quite as much of a ‘Man Of Mystery’ as you might have thought, and how to make a Lord Peter Wimsey theme song in the comfort of your own home. What are you waiting for, mac? Download it here!
Plus if you’re so inclined you can subscribe to Box Set Go via iTunes and get the forthcoming editions automatically (there’s one coming up on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), and if you enjoy it, why not say thanks by plugging it on Facebook, Twitter, or whichever thing it is that Sexton Blake uses? And next time, we’ll be ‘tailing’ Vic Reeves…