Ed Welch is a lovely unassuming man who has been described as the most prolific writer of TV themes. He was responsible for Blockbusters, Catchphrase and The National Lottery, worked for years with Spike Milligan and Jim Henson and wrote the film theme for the Robert Powell version of The 39 Steps but my abiding memory of him is sitting at the drums in a studio at Television South West in a grey T-shirt with Judi written in pink glitter across his chest singing:
“Judi what a privilege it is to sit beside you,
Judi I prayed for this for years,
Judi, there’s do much I’d like to know about you,
For example is it Spiers or Speers?”
I interviewed Ed recently about his one-man show at the Flavel in Dartmouth, not sure if he included this song in it or wore the T-shirt!