What is the Vanity Fair theme tune, why doesn't the show use traditional music and who's soundtrack composer Isobel Waller-Bridge?

We have everything you need to know about the music used in the show…

What's the Vanity Fair theme tune?

The theme tune to Vanity Fair is a cover of Bob Dylan's 1967 hit All Along the Watchtower.

The show has opted for a slower version of the original and is sung by Afterhere.

The song was also covered by Jimi Hendrix in 1968.

Composer Isobel Waller-Bridge said when deciding on the musical tone for the show, she took advice from Vanity Fair writer Gwyneth Hughes.

Why doesn't Vanity Fair  use traditional music?

Even though the show is a period drama, it includes a soundtrack of modern day hits.

Speaking to Radio Times Isobel said: “Gwyn has done such an amazing job of keeping it absolutely period, but the way [the characters] speak is somehow much more relatable and accessible to modern audiences."

She added: “Classical music didn’t feel quite right but I felt strongly that [the score] should still be using classical instruments to avoid the distracting scenario of looking at something that’s period and then hearing something that’s not.”

However, the second episode ended with Madonna's Material Girl to reflect central character Becky Sharp's grasping nature.

Who is the Vanity fair soundtrack composer Isobel Waller-Bridge?

Isobel is a 34-year-old composer who graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

She recently composed the soundtrack for BBC1’s divorce drama The Split.

She also lends her talents to the TV adaptation of The ABC Murders, starring John Malkovich,




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