Paul Farrer

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Paul Farrer
Born6 January 1973 (age 44)
Worcester, England
Known forComposing themes and music for various TV shows, films and video games

Paul Myles Farrer (born 6 January 1973) is a British film and television music composer. He is best known for composing the music for various programmes including The Weakest Link, Dancing on Ice, Gladiators, The Krypton Factor, The Chase and the United Kingdom general election debates in 2010. He has composed music for many TV shows on networks in the UK, United States and Australia. He is also the creator, composer and on-screen conductor of the ITV gameshow, 1000 Heartbeats.

Early life[edit]

Farrer was born in Worcester, England in 1973. When he was eight, he joined the Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir, where he performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.[1]

He left school at 16, and began working in a recording studio, playing the piano, clarinet, violin, saxophone and trumpet.[1] He produced jingles for radio stations and set up his own company, before starting work for television.[1][2]

Television career[edit]

Farrer is known for composing the music for the BBC programme The Weakest Link.

Farrer also composed the music for The Jerry Springer Show, BBC's Dog Eat Dog and Riot Cops, Channel Nine's Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, NBC's Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards.[1] He has also composed the music for the TV show Ant & Dec's PokerFace on ITV.[citation needed]

Other shows scored include ITV's The Big Quiz and Secret Dealers, Sky 1's The Angel and Nothing But the Truth, Channel 5's 19 Keys in 2003, Grudge Match, and That Puppet Game Show in 2013 for BBC One.


In 2006, he scored the Fox Reality Channel series My Bare Lady, Jamie Theakston's The Search (Channel Four), Car Wars on BBC One and Alan Titchmarsh's The Great British Village Show for the BBC.[citation needed] His 2007 shows included Peter Jones' Tycoon, Families at War with Trisha Goddard for Five, The Iraq Commission for Channel Four and Marbella Belles for ITV.[citation needed]


2008 saw the launch of the new Trisha Goddard show, daily on Channel Five, for which Farrer composed title music. In May 2008 Sky One's relaunch of Gladiators premiered; Farrer was commissioned to compose the theme and incidental music.[citation needed]


2009 began with ITV's relaunch of The Krypton Factor, and a second series of Battle of The Brains hosted by Nicky Campbell, along with new series' of Dancing on Ice and Gladiators (all scored by Farrer) and scored the music for The Chase.

Farrer's music has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Little Britain and The IT Crowd.[citation needed]


In 2010, he has composed the music to Ant & Dec's Push the Button, 71 Degrees North both for ITV and Antiques Master for BBC One. He also composed the original music for the historic first ever UK election Debate screened on ITV on 15 April 2010. In 2011, he has composed the theme and incidental music to The Magicians for BBC One, CITV/Disney XD's Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge and Channel 4's Famous and Fearless.


In 2012, Farrer was the music composer for BBC Two's new quiz show, Breakaway, which was hosted by Nick Hancock and began airing its 20-episode run on 12 March.

In October he was commissioned to compose the music for the 100th Anniversary Royal Variety Performance which took place at the Royal Albert Hall on 19 November 2012 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His score was performed by the live orchestra on the night and was conducted by renowned music director David Arch.


TV composing commissions include Jo Frost: Family Matters, Secret Dealers, Judge Rinder, The Speakmans and The Real Housewives of Cheshire for ITV. The award-winning The Sheriffs Are Coming and First Time on the Front Line for BBC One. In July 2014 he completed the Theme tune and music score for the BBC's Tumble.

Film career[edit]

Farrer worked on music for the movie Domino, and has worked on movies that have headlined with Jason Connery, Brian Blessed and Oliver Reed.[1]

Film Score Year
The Bruce 1996
Macbeth 1997
King Lear 1999
Steel Tempest 1999
Hamlet 2000
Harvest 2003
Sindy: The Fairy Princess 2003
Little Dog Turpie 2004
Domino 2005
Ulysses Road 2007

Other projects[edit]

Farrer has scored a number of videogames for the PlayStation. In addition to his music for The Weakest Link, being used on the Activision game releases for PS1 and PS2, he has provided music and sound design for Relentless Software's "Buzz!" series of videogames including "Buzz! The Hollywood Quiz", "Buzz! Quiz TV", "Buzz! Master Quiz", "Buzz! Brain Bender" and "Buzz!: Brain of the World".

In 2010, he completed the score to Sony's "TV Superstars" PS3 title, which makes full use of the Sony Move system.

He is also a regular contributor to "Sound on Sound" Europe's leading music technology magazine. Writing a monthly column called 'Notes From The Deadline' in which he recounts experiences he has as a media composer.

He wrote the music for the Toy Story CD-ROMS, and produced work for the Royal Air Force, Shell, Ferrari and Ford.[1]

In 2015, he created the UK game show 1000 Heartbeats.

In 2016, Farrer worked on ITV's New Year's Special episode, where he wrote and composed the show's opening music and the wrestler's theme songs and the shows opening music. In 2018, when World of Sport started airing again, Farrer composed newer theme songs again, keeping his role as composer for the show.


He was the recipient of a BMI Composer Award and an Ampex Golden Reel Award.[1]

He is a member of both The Performing Rights Society (PRS)[citation needed] and The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.[3] - In 2010, Farrer became a member of The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "BBC – Hereford and Worcester – Entertainment – Paul Farrer". Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  2. ^ Moodie, Clemmie (16 November 2007). "How four notes made music composer the other multi-millionaire of The Weakest Link". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Paul Farrer – basca". Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.

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