An Opening Sequence of Monkey’s

(The apostrophe is intentional.)

The title sequences on some TV shows just give the producers somewhere to put some names.  QI has just a tinny tune over some pretty dull visuals, probably because of supreme confidence in its content.  Some make you pause and look, and grab you in like a well-made advert.  And some just give you a great idea of what to expect and are fun in themselves.  A good example of this last is I think Monkey. Not, perhaps great cinematography or outstanding special effects by today’s standards, but effective, cheerful and completely appropriate to the spirit of the show.  And the words are also almost unequalled


Here are the words of the voice-over that accompanies it (

In the Worlds before Monkey,
Primal chaos reigned, Heaven sought order.
But the Phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown.
The four worlds formed again and yet again,
As endless aeons wheeled and passed.
Time and the pure essences of Heaven,
The moistures of the Earth,
And the powers of the Sun and the Moon
All worked upon a certain rock – old as Creation,
And it magically became fertile.
That first egg was named Thought,
Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha,
Said, ‘With our thoughts we make the world.’
Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch,
from it then came a stone Monkey.
The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!

And this is all before we launch into the real theme song (“Born from an egg on a mountain top…”)

Perhaps it is nostalgia on my part…For a much more intelligent discussion on the subject, and the one that prompted this short post, go here.


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About Darren

I'm a scientist by training, based in Australia.

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