The distinctive theme music was "In A Party Mood" by Jack Strachey. This music (much like "Puffing Billy", the theme to Children's Favourites) has latterly been used frequently in other media as a signifier for "1950s Middle England", for example in a number of TV adverts and in The Comic Strip's parodies of The Famous Five, Five Go Mad in Dorset and Five Go Mad on Mescalin.
It had a different presenter (often referred to at the time as a compere) every week. Among those who returned most often was George Elrick, who sang his own lyrics over the theme music, beginning with "Dooodle-dum-de- doodle- dum" and ending with "I'll be with you all again tomorrow morning".
The programme finished when the Light Programme was replaced by BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 in 1967. Its short-lived successor, "Family Choice", went out on both Radios 1 and 2, but had itself been discontinued by 1970.
In 1982 a radio series called "When Housewives Had The Choice?", with Russell Davies, Maureen Lipman and Julie Covington, looked back over the Housewives' Choice years, and a spin-off album of the most frequently requested tunes was released.
This 1980s radio show also produced a full set of lyrics to the original housewives choice theme tune sung by Julie Covington. The lyrics contrasted the austere life of a housewife in the nineteen forties to that of the affluent nineteen eighties.
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