Are these the best opening credits of any TV programme ever?

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

Last night, when switching off BBC1’s Question Time — no, not even Tim Farron’s barn-storming showing could tempt me to endure a whole hour — I tweeted:

Cue only-slightly-sarcastic replies that the viewable bits would amount to nothing more than the opening credits. So as a Friday afternoon treat, here’s what must surely be classified as The Best Opening Credits To Any Television Programme Ever: The South Bank Show.

And in case you were wondering, Wikipedia supplies the necessary:

The theme music is taken from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Variations composed in 1977 for his brother, the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. This is based on the theme from Paganini’s “24th Caprice”. The brand image of the programme is an animated version of a detail from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling painting, specifically the image of the Hand of God giving life to Adam. It shows the two hands meeting, generating a lightning bolt.