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Ron Grainer (1922–1981)

Ron Grainer was one of the outstanding composers of music for British television. He was born in a small mining town called Atherton, Queensland, Australia on 11th August 1922, where his father owned the local milk bar. His mother played piano and Ron was on the keyboard from the age of two and considered a child genius, playing concerts for the ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Omega Man Music Department
(1971)
Tales of the Unexpected Music Department
(1979-1988)
(1967)
Shelley Composer
(1979-1982)

Filmography

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 2005-2018 Doctor Who (TV Series) (composer - 116 episodes)
- Kerblam! (2018) ... (composer: original theme music)
- The Tsuranga Conundrum (2018) ... (composer: original theme music)
- Rosa (2018) ... (composer: original theme music)
- The Ghost Monument (2018) ... (composer: original theme music)
- The Woman Who Fell to Earth (2018) ... (composer: original theme music)
  Doctor Who Online Adventures (TV Series short) (composer - 127 episodes, 2009 - 2017) (original theme music - 1 episode, 2016)
- Dark Shadow: Part 2 (2017) ... (composer: theme music)
- Dark Shadow: Part 1 (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
- Nightmare on the Boulevard: Part 2 (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
- Nightmare on the Boulevard: Part 1 (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Silent Doll: Part 2 (2016) ... (composer: theme music)
 2016 Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks (Video) (composer: title music)
 2015 TFI Friday (TV Series) (title music - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 16 October 2015 (2015) ... (title music - as Ron Granger)
- 19th Anniversary Special (2015) ... (title music - as Ron Granger)
 2013 Dr. Who: The Ice Warriors (Video)
 2013 BBC Proms (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Prom 2: Doctor Who at the Proms (2013) ... (composer: doctor who theme)
 2012 Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock (Video Game) (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 2010 BBC Proms (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Prom 10: Doctor Who at the Proms (2010) ... (composer: original title music)
 2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - Blood of the Cybermen (Video Game) (composer: original theme music)
 2010 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games - City of the Daleks (Video Game) (composer: original theme music)
 2009 Doctor Who: Dreamland (TV Mini-Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... (composer: original theme music)
 2009 Doctor Who at the Proms (TV Movie) (composer: original theme music)
 2008 Doctor Who: Music of the Spheres (TV Short) (composer: original theme music)
 2007 Family Guy (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Blue Harvest (2007) ... (composer: Doctor Who Theme - uncredited)
 2005 Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske (Video Game) (composer: theme music)
 2005 The Fact of Fiction (Video documentary short) (composer: theme music)
 2004 Osirian Gothic (Video documentary short) (composer: show theme)
 2004 Serial Thrillers (Video documentary short) (composer: theme music)
 2003 Tales of the Unexpected: The Proposal (Short) (composer: theme music)
 2003 Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka (TV Mini-Series) (composer: theme music)
 1999 Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (TV Movie) (composer: theme music)
 1996 Doctor Who (TV Movie) (composer: original theme music - uncredited)
 1993 Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (TV Short) (composer: theme music)
 1992 Doctor Who: Daleks - The Early Years (Video documentary) (composer: original theme)
 1992 Doctor Who: Shada (Video) (composer: theme music)
 1963-1989 Doctor Who (TV Series) (composer - 690 episodes)
- Survival: Part Three (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Survival: Part Two (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- Survival: Part One (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Curse of Fenric: Part Four (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Curse of Fenric: Part Three (1989) ... (composer: theme music)
  Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) (composer - 77 episodes, 1979 - 1988) (music - 2 episodes, 1985) (theme music - 1 episode, 1983)
- Mr. Know-All (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Time to Die (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Finger of Suspicion (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Dead Don't Steal (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
- Wink Three Times (1988) ... (composer: theme music)
 1981-1983 It Takes a Worried Man (TV Series) (composer - 19 episodes)
- Three Cheers (1983) ... (composer: theme music)
- Annually, Once a Year (1983) ... (composer: theme music)
- Do Me a Favour (1983) ... (composer: theme music)
- Getaway (1983) ... (composer: theme music)
- Naughty But Nice (1983) ... (composer: theme music)
 1982 Saturday Night Thriller (TV Series) (composer - 6 episodes)
- Grass (1982) ... (composer: theme music)
- Broken Glass (1982) ... (composer: theme music)
- Where Is Betty Buchus? (1982) ... (composer: theme music)
- A Gift of Tongues (1982) ... (composer: theme music)
- Strangled (1982) ... (composer: theme music)
 1977 The Rather Reassuring Programme (TV Series) (composer: theme music)
 1975 Kim & Co. (TV Series) (composer - 13 episodes)
- Schon mal Verwandte besucht? (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Forever Box (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- Doublecross (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- Schon mal Spaß an Kunst gehabt? (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
- Schon mal gestolpert? (1975) ... (composer: theme music)
 1975 Sharon's Baby (conductor)
 1964-1974 Steptoe and Son (TV Series) (composer - 44 episodes)
- A Perfect Christmas (1974) ... (composer: theme music)
- Upstairs, Downstairs, Upstairs, Downstairs (1974) ... (composer: original theme)
- Seance in a Wet Rag and Bone Yard (1974) ... (composer: original theme)
- The Seven Steptoerai (1974) ... (composer: original theme)
- Porn Yesterday (1974) ... (composer: original theme)
 1961-1974 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series) (composer - 69 episodes)
- French Relish (1974) ... (composer: signature tune)
- The Reverend Wooing of Archibald (1974) ... (composer: signature tune)
- Pygmalion Smith (1974) ... (composer: signature music)
- Sitting Pretty (1974) ... (composer: signature tune)
- The Last Man on Earth (1974) ... (composer: signature music)
 1974 Mousey (TV Movie) (conductor)
 1973 Yellow Dog (conductor)
 1973 Steptoe and Son Ride Again (composer: "Steptoe" Theme)
 1972 Heat of Anger (TV Movie) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1972 The Eyes of Charles Sand (TV Movie) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1972 Steptoe and Son (composer: theme music)
 1970-1971 For the Love of Ada (TV Series) (composer - 21 episodes)
- The Christening (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Insomnia (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Admirer (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Birth (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Bowling (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
 1970-1971 Man in the News (TV Series) (composer - 6 episodes)
- Brian Faulkner (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Richard Neville (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Stephen Murphy (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- William Whitelaw (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Lord Longford (1970) ... (composer: theme music)
 1971 The Omega Man (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1971 Paul Temple (TV Series) (composer - 3 episodes)
- Ricochet (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Death of Fasching (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
- Corrida (1971) ... (composer: theme music)
 1969 Lock Up Your Daughters! (conductor)
 1969 The Wednesday Play (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Frump (1969) ... (composer: incidental music)
 1968 Before Winter Comes (conductor - uncredited)
 1968 The Jazz Age (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Thark (1968) ... (composer: title music)
- Majesty (1968) ... (composer: title music)
 1968 The Root of All Evil? (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Money for Change (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
 1967-1968 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series) (composer - 29 episodes)
- Castle in the Clouds (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
- Three Blinks of the Eyes (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
- Who's Mad Now? (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Revolutionaries (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
- Property of a Gentleman (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
 1967-1968 The Prisoner (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- Fall Out (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
- Once Upon a Time (1968) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Girl Who Was Death (1968) ... (composer: theme)
- Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (1968) ... (composer: theme)
- A Change of Mind (1967) ... (composer: theme)
 1967 The Old Campaigner (TV Series) (composer: signature music)
 1966 I Gotta Shoe, or Cindy-Ella (TV Movie) (additional music by)
 1966 All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Pilot: The Bishop Rides Again (1966) ... (composer: theme music)
 1965-1966 A Song for Everyone (TV Series) (orchestrations - 2 episodes)
- Kenneth McKellar Sings a Song for Europe (1966) ... (orchestrations)
- Episode #5.2 (1965) ... (orchestrations)
 1965 Robert and Elizabeth (TV Movie) (orchestrations)
 1965 The Mood Man (Documentary short) (arranger)
 1964 The Moon-Spinners (conductor)
 1964 Night Must Fall (conductor)
 1963 Meet the Wife (TV Series) (theme music - 1 episode)
- Pilot: The Bed (1963) ... (theme music)
 1962-1963 That Was the Week That Was (TV Series) (composer - 37 episodes)
- That Was the Year That Was (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Dick Whittington and His Fascist Hyena (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #2.12 (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #2.11 (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
- Episode #2.10 (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
 1963 Maigret (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Maigret's Little Joke (1963) ... (composer: theme music)
 1962-1963 Benny Hill (TV Series) (composer - 18 episodes)
- The Taxidermist (1963) ... (composer: incidental music)
- The Dresser (1963) ... (composer: incidental music)
- The Trouble Maker (1963) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Mr. Jolly (1963) ... (composer: incidental music)
- The Visitor (1963) ... (composer: incidental music)
 1963 The Running Man (composer: title music)
  It's a Square World (TV Series) (musical director - 19 episodes, 1961 - 1962) (composer - 14 episodes, 1962 - 1963) (orchestrations - 1 episode, 1963)
- Montreux Entry Special (1963) ... (composer: incidental music) / (orchestrations)
- Episode #4.6 (1962) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Episode #4.5 (1962) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Episode #4.4 (1962) ... (composer: incidental music)
- Episode #4.3 (1962) ... (composer: incidental music)
 1963 The King's Breakfast (Short) (conductor)
 1963 Station Six-Sahara (conductor)
 1962 Live Now - Pay Later (conductor)
 1962 Trial and Error (conductor)
 1962 Some People (music composed and conducted by) / (songs by)
 1962 A Kind of Loving (conductor)
 1962 The Titans (TV Mini-Series documentary) (musical director - 1 episode)
- The United States (1962) ... (musical director)
 1961 Return of a Stranger (composer: end title music - uncredited)
 1961 Terminus (Short documentary) (conductor)
 1961 The Men from Room 13 (TV Series) (music played by - 13 episodes)
- The Man Who Made Trouble: Part 3 (1961) ... (music played by - as The Ron Grainer Sextet)
- The Man Who Made Trouble: Part 2 (1961) ... (music played by - as The Ron Grainer Sextet)
- The Man Who Made Trouble: Part 1 (1961) ... (music played by - as The Ron Grainer Sextet)
- The Man Who Made Things Go: Part 2 (1961) ... (music played by - as The Ron Grainer Sextet)
- The Man Who Made Things Go: Part 1 (1961) ... (music played by - as The Ron Grainer Sextet)
 1960 An Honourable Murder (composer: additional music - uncredited)
 1960 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series) (music played by - 1 episode)
- Looking for Garrow (1960) ... (music played by - as The Ron Grainer Sextet)
  Charlie Drake (TV Series) (orchestra director - 2 episodes, 1960) (musical arrangements by - 1 episode, 1960)
- Quiet, Please (1960) ... (orchestra director - as Ronald Grainer)
- It's Up to You (1960) ... (musical arrangements by - as Ronald Grainer) / (orchestra director - as Ronald Grainer)
 1960 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series) (musical director - 1 episode)
- On the Edge (1960) ... (musical director)
 1959 The Julie Andrews Show (TV Mini-Series) (musical arrangements - 2 episodes)
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... (musical arrangements - as Ronald Grainer)
- Episode #1.2 (1959) ... (musical arrangements - as Ronald Grainer)
 1959 Trinder Box (TV Series) (musical associate - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.10 (1959) ... (musical associate - as Ronald Grainer)
 1958 House of Carols (TV Movie) (musical director)
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Other Works:

(1982-1983 Season) Ronald Millar and his musical, "Robert & Elizabeth," was performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey with Leigh Beery, Mark Jacoby and Ron Randall in the cast. Robert Johanson was choreographer and director. Jim Coleman was musical director. Paul Wonsek was scenic designer. Nananne Porcher ... See more »

Alternate Names:

Ronald Grainer | Ronnie Grainer | Ron Grainger | Ron Granger | Ron Grainer Quartet | The Ron Grainer Sextet
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Trivia:

Step-father of child actress Rel Grainer.

Star Sign:

Leo

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