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Bizarre, but sur­pris­ingly good TV tunes cover al­bum. In par­al­lel to his ca­reer as a co­me­dian, Matt Berry has re­leased five al­bums of retro-flavoured, prog-tinged orig­i­nal mu­sic. His lat­est is some­thing of a niche propo­si­tion: 14 cover ver­sions of the themes to ’ 70s and ’ 80s TV shows. It’s an ec­cen­tric move, but one seem­ingly played with a straight face. Given the na­ture of the project, it’s some­times hard to do the same, but more of­ten, the fun is in what Berry does with the source ma­te­rial. Pluck­ing out a Serge Gain­bourg-like groove from The Liver Birds theme, find­ing the in­ner Pink Floyd wig-out in World In Ac­tion and trans­form­ing the ti­tle tune to Sorry! into a dubbed-out reg­gae skank. God knows what pos­sessed him to do it, but Tele­vi­sion Themes is en­ter­tain­ing on ev­ery count. CHRIS CATCHPOLE Lis­ten To: Sorry | World In Ac­tion

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