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  • Born

    30 January 1947 (age 70)

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):

  • Meglos

  • Full Circle

  • State of Decay

  • Logopolis

  • Castrovalva

  • The Visitation

  • Mawdryn Undead

  • Frontios

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. Paddy Kingsland also composed music for many schools' television series including Words and Pictures, Rat-a-tat-tat, Watch, Numbercrew, Storytime, English Express, Music Makers, Hotch Potch House and the Look and Read stories "Joe and the Sheep Rustlers" and "The Boy from Space".

Since leaving the BBC, he has composed music for the KPM music library, television, commercials and corporate videos. He also owns his own studio, PK Studios. He is currently composing the music for the CITV series “Blips” produced by Ragdoll Productions.

In 1973, Fourth Dimension, a compilation of his early signature tune work for the Radiophonic Workshop, was released and in 2002, his incidental scores for the Doctor Who serials "Meglos" and "Full Circle" featured as part of the Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop compilation series. Eight albums of his library music work have been issued by KPM.

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