Enders theme tops familiarity poll

The theme of BBC soap EastEnders is more recognisable than the UK national anthem, according to a recent poll conducted by the Performing Rights Society.

Of those who took part in the survey, 37% admitted that they were more familiar with the Walford-based soap's notorious drum beats than with 'God Save The Queen', which polled 36%.

The theme to BBC One's football highlights programme Match Of The Day scored 14% of the vote, while Manchester soap Coronation Street received 12%.

Simon May, who composed the EastEnders theme along with Leslie Osborne, told the Daily Telegraph: "When EastEnders first appeared in 1985 it was such a great buzz walking down the street or being in a supermarket hearing people whistling or humming the theme. I've been amazingly lucky that thanks to the huge success of the show the theme is still popular and in the national psyche.

"PRS chairman Ellis Rich added: "There's no doubt that those few bars have helped to make EastEnders a top soap. Music is part of our daily lives and embedded within British culture."We are so lucky that composers and songwriters can create iconic music which we all remember and love."

source digital spy

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