Harpenden singer goes bananas for Transmission Impossible theme

PUBLISHED: 10:39 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:19 06 May 2010

Don Weller is the voice of the Transmission Impossible theme

Don Weller is the voice of the Transmission Impossible theme

A BARBERSHOP singer from Harpenden has spiced up his retirement by becoming the new voice of a children s TV programme. Don Weller, aged 71, who sings bass for the Kings of Herts male barbershop chorus, can be heard every Saturday morning singing the th

A BARBERSHOP singer from Harpenden has spiced up his retirement by becoming the new voice of a children's TV programme.

Don Weller, aged 71, who sings bass for the Kings of Herts male barbershop chorus, can be heard every Saturday morning singing the theme tune to CBBC show Transmission Impossible, thanks to an opportunity set up by his son.

Dan Weller, aged 29, is a music producer and song writer and, after a tip-off from a friend whose husband works on Transmission Impossible, he composed a potential theme tune for the show and submitted it to CBBC.

Dan, who lives with his parents in Grove Road when he's not staying at his London studio, was given a brief to write both an introduction and a song about the brilliance of bananas, the favourite fruit of one of the show's main characters, Oucho.

Don said that his booming voice was considered perfect for his son's lyrics. "The brief said it was looking for an older man who's well-spoken and sounds like a wartime announcer and Dan turned to me! It's very weird to hear yourself on TV, especially singing about strange characters with names like Oucho."

Transmission Impossible first aired in May this year and is just approaching the end of its first series. You can catch the show every Saturday morning at 10am on CBBC.


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