April 6th, 2012

I have mentioned this before but not got round to searching for it

As you know, professor, TVS (the winner of the ITV franchise round for the South and South East in the 1980 franchise round - and loser in the auction following the 1990 Broadcasting Act) wanted to break into the cartel of the 'big 5' but weren't allowed to. They produced some networked drama series. Amongst these was C.A.T.S. Eyes, a detective drama which in order to fit in with the station's franchise area had to rather implausibly make out that Maidstone was the centre of the fight against international crime syndicates etc.
Anyway, here are the opening credits, from Ute Tube. I had forgotten (a) how bad they are and (b) that Don Warrington was in it - he is kind of Charlie to Jill Gascoine's Angel, I guess.
Series 1 (crap - slightly ominous synth reminiscent of The (original) Survivors) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJNzhRP6vdA
Series 2 (actually worse - sax and big band, sounding like a poor pastiche of every TV show theme you have ever heard, particularly Shoestring and Rockford files, I think) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UNvxgt5AGY