Man Who Composed Theme Song For "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" Arrested

The composer behind the famous Who Wants to be a Millionaire? theme music has been accused of setting fire to his own home.


Matthew Strachan, 49, the British composer behind the popular quiz show's music, has appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court in London charged with one count of arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

The composer is accused of setting fire to his own West London home, according to the Daily Star.

Described as a 'serious offence' by prosecutors, the case was referred to the crown court and Strachan was granted unconditional bail to the same home in Twickenham. 

Strachan, of Chudleigh Road, Twickenham, will next appear at Kingston Crown Court on November 5 where he is expected to enter a plea.

The 49-year-old is an award-winning composer, most famous for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? but has also composed music for other programmes including Question Time.

In 2012, he was awarded the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Hall of Fame prize after winning 10 consecutive awards for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? 

The popular TV show, which began in 1998, was relaunched with new host Jeremy Clarkson in 2018 and hit headlines last month when contestant Donald Fear, from Telford, won the coveted £1 million prize.

Strachan's iconic theme also appeared in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle.

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