Banks & Wag

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Banks & Wag are award-winning composers based in London.

Chris Banks and Wag Marshall-Page studied Commercial Music together at the University of Westminster (1996-1999). After graduation, Chris studied Composition For Screen at the Royal College of Music (1999-2000), continuing to perform with Wag as members of indie band, Nnook. The group disbanded in 1999, and the pair went on to work with major pop acts including McFly, Sugababes, Busted, Blue, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor; and Wag joined electro rockers Infadels as bassist.

As composers, they have written for shows as diverse as The X Factor, ZingZillas, Year Dot, Strictly Dance Fever, The National Lottery Awards, Ross Noble, Dead Ringers, and Spain's Tele Madrid News, winning a Silver Broadcast Design Award for Best News Theme.

Their title song for the acclaimed How To Start Your Own Country was described as "brilliant" by the Radio Times, "dangerously catchy" by Bella Online, and "worthy of Top of the Pops" by the Daily Mirror. The series went on to win two BAFTAs and spawned an iTunes #1 single in 2005.

Banks was also behind the highly acclaimed CBeebies series Space Pirates, whose theme tune topped the iTunes Children's Chart for 11 weeks in 2007–2008.

In 2010, they wrote and produced all the music for the hit CBeebies series, ZingZillas. On 30 August 2010, the series' first single "Do You Didgeridoo?" was released, reaching #1 in the iTunes Children's Chart.


Banks and Wag have composed music for the following television programmes:

  • The X Factor
  • Blue Peter
  • Walk On The Wild Side
  • ZingZillas
  • Ross Noble's Australian Trip
  • Ross Noble: Nobleism
  • Ross Noble: Randomist
  • Ross Noble: Unrealtime
  • Awkward Situations For Men
  • Gastronuts
  • Year Dot
  • Sorry, I've Got No Head
  • Danny Wallace's How To Start Your Own Country
  • Busted: A Ticket For Everyone
  • Dave Gorman's Important Astrology Experiment
  • Strictly Dance Fever
  • Strictly African Dancing
  • National Lottery Awards
  • ITV Sport
  • Lip Service
  • Stick To What You Know

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