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Paddy Kingsland is a composer of electronic music. He is best known for his incidental music for science fiction series on BBC radio and television whilst working at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

He joined the BBC as a tape editor before moving on to become a studio manager for BBC Radio 1. In 1970, he joined the Radiophonic Workshop where he remained until 1981. His initial work was mostly signature tunes for BBC radio and TV programmes before going on to record incidental music for programmes including The Changes, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as well as several serials of Doctor Who.

His work on Doctor Who included incidental music for the following serials (in order of transmission):

Full Circle
State of Decay
The Visitation
Mawdryn Undead

He also contributed much to three versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For the first two radio series, he contributed radiophonic sound effects, plus incidental music for the second radio series. His sound effects were also used on the Original Records LPs of the series and, along with Tim Souster, Paddy Kingsland provided further incidental music.

For the 1981 TV series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Paddy Kingsland was chosen to provide all the sound effects and music, with the exception of the theme music.

Another well-known series which contained music composed by Paddy Kingsland are Around the World in 80 Days and Pole to Pole, both travel series by Michael Palin.


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  • Muldwych

    @hemulen77: I'm here in 2013 wishing the same thing - wonder if it'll ever happen?

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • hemulen77

    I wish, I wish, I wish you could get ALL Paddy Kingslands incidental music from 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' on CD or something. It was B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!!!!!!

    23 Oct 2009 Reply
  • martinbizarro

    First Radiophonic workshop person I heard of, thanks to HHGG. Nowadays I prefer Delia and Malcolm Clarke, what with early digital synthesis being a bit terrible.

    4 Oct 2009 Reply
  • adamac

    Paddy was an instrumental force behind the radiophonic 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' , the earliest and best adaptation of the work.

    15 Jan 2009 Reply

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