Daytime TV gives many people much joy and looking at most of them, you can see the reasons why.
They are fairly factual, appear to feature mainly ‘normal’ types and can show you what can be done – if you have the time, but more importantly, the money!

Homes Under the Hammer shows how someone can purchase a house at a Property Auction, then do them up either to sell, rent or live in.
The purpose of the programme of course is to see how much profit can be made from Property investment in the shortest possible time with the lowest Budget.

The programme slots quite easily into regular TV daytime viewing; you know more or less what’s coming and the great British TV Viewer loves, even adores, seeing other people slip up or shout at the TV that they should be doing it another way when they know absolutely nothing about it themselves – well I do anyway!

So we see the House for sale, watch the Auction, interview the Buyer, watch him or her set about their plans, then re-visit after a couple of month’s to see the progress and the new valuation of the property.

Great, but there’s one thing which really gets up my nose about this programme – the musical background. I thought we’d seen the last of repetative tunes being played for ‘associated scenes’ when Alan Titchmarsh’s ‘Ground Force’ came to an end. I used to like Brass Band music until it seemed they were sitting behind every bush and playing behind every garden fence on the programme. I digress!

I’m sure the Musical Director and Editor of ‘Homes under the Hammer’ is influenced by Ennio Morricone who majestically composed short pieces of music for each character in the Spaghetti Westerns.
If so, it hasn’t worked! We listen to the same gradual build up of music as the Property Auctioneer gets closer and closer to the winning bid and after a few other little snippits of something, we come to my favourite ‘worse bit’….

This is when the two Estate Agents walk around the corner at the end of the road holding their Briefcases or Clipboards, stroll around the house stroking ceramic tiles (a new one on me), looking under the Sink Unit Cupboard and at the Sky when out in the garden (sun out probably reflects the price).
Besides the fact that most Estate Agents wear the same dark suits, have gelled up hair and a Volkswagon parked out of sight, I haven’t got anything against them. It’s just the music they composed for them – more suitable for ‘A Famous Five’ or ‘Neighbours’ episode than a Property Auction programme.

But I guess the same musical flaws apply to most Daytime TV programmes; ‘Cash in the Attic’ where music appropriates the people selling off their family hand-me-downs beacause they’re ‘downsizing’ (buying a new car) and as for ‘Bargain Hunt’ that’s usually back-grounded with Banjos or Ukelleles guaranteed to send you foxtrotting your way up to the Greenhouse.

If these programmes are so popular, including the music, maybe they could do it with the News, that nees a bit of spicing up now and again; some old Buster Keaton or Laural and Hardy tunes wouldn’t go amiss to Parliamentary Debate. I think they should look into that.

Now, fair’s fair, there may be some who think “Bet he couldn’t do any better”. Well, true, I couldn’t, although I have recorded some of my own guitar compostions to back up my video’s, ‘Ginger the Cat falls in Pond’ and ‘Visiting rich Aunt in Hospital who sprained her ankle falling over Wallet’.

And – where have all those original compositions for TV Adverts gone? How could you forget those masterful tunes such as “You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsadent” or “The Esso sign means happy motoring”?
Now all we get are fairly poor copies of old 1960’s hits which I used to buy as a teenager (that’s if I could find my way up to the Shops).

7 Comments on “Homes under the Hammer”

By Guy. February 23rd, 2008 at 2:05 pm

The estate agent music is actually an old R & B track called Express Yourself by Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. Famous Five? Are you on d.rugs???

By j.million. February 28th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

please can anyone tell me about the music played during homes under the hammer on 27-02-2008 (although i think it was from june 2007)not the theme tune,or oh ho ho it’s magic but
a lovely melody.I rang the bbc but they said it was not writen in the information they had on about the program.The homes were in Warrington, Dorset, and Wales if that helps triger anyone memory about which program it was. thanks.Janet

By Richard . February 28th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Try BBC iplayer. Type in ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ in ‘search’, then go through the episodes to find the right one (if it’s there).
Wish you luck!!
Or rather than contact the BBC, write to the production company, I’m sure they would know.

No I’m not and never have. Don’t need those to keep me flying!
Thanks for the info – interesting.


By July. April 30th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

@Guy: No it’s not. Question is, are you on alcohol? Or are you just copying what people said on other sites, without having a clue?
The music is vaguely similar to “Express Yourself”, but it is definitely NOT that. At least listen to it before making dumb comments.

By Paul. March 19th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

What irritates me about this show is a) the smug,self-assured nature of Martin Roberts with his Bruno Brookes”80`S throw back” hair and fashion sense b) the mass-produced nature of the exteriors for the begining and end of the show and the obvious way that the thing is filmed in the opposite order to which it is shown ( I mean they must know that the house sold and to whom before hand in order to follow through the auction to the buyer etc ) and c) The PANS-people-esque literal interpretation of the accompanying music eg. If the purchasers are brothers we get “he ain`t heavy, he`s me brother” by the Hollies; if the house is a wreck we get “this ole house” by shaking stevens and so on – its completetely cringe-worthy and i often end up turning the sound off altogether for sections of the programme! Next time its on just listen at the music and how they mtch it to the purchasers, it`s pathetic!

By liz james. February 15th, 2011 at 11:41 am

can anyone tell me background music onhomes under the hammer on 25 february 2011.

By david leckie. February 29th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I watch this programme and I am amazed at the brilliance of the people responsible-who set music to any given scene or mood . They are so good at this-that sometimes you do not even notice it. I think they do a wonderful job.

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