Ron Grainer

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Ron Grainer (August 11 1922 in Atherton, Queensland - February 21 1981), Australian born composer who worked for most of his professional career in the United Kingdom. He is mostly remembered for his film and television music.

Grainer collaborated with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on a number of television series themes, including Giants of Steam (a documentary about railways) and, most famously, the science fiction series Doctor Who. Grainer was so impressed with Delia Derbyshire's realisation of his score (which remained the standard version of the Doctor Who theme for over a decade) that he offered to split his royalty with her, but this was prevented by BBC bureaucracy. Another famous Grainer-composed theme was for the series The Prisoner, which was based upon an earlier piece of music Grainer had written entitled "The Age of Elegance".

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