Music Time (TV programme)

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Music Time
GenreEducational
Presented byMari Griffith (1970-72)
Ian Humphris (1970-72)
Kathryn Harries (1977-81)
Peter Combe (1977-80)
Andrew C. Wandsworth (1981)
Jonathan Cohen (1983-91)
Helen Speirs (1983-91)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series24
No. of episodes225
Production
Running time20 minutes
Release
Original networkBBC1 (1970-81)
BBC2 (1983-91)
Picture format4:3
Original release23 September 1970 (1970-09-23) –
18 March 1991 (1991-03-18)

Music Time is a British educational television programme that primarily focused on music as part of the BBC Schools strand from 23 September 1970 to 18 March 1991. It was first presented by Mari Griffith and Ian Humphris from 1970 to 1972, it was then presented by Kathryn Harries and Peter Combe from 1977 to 1981, and finally presented by Jonathan Cohen and Helen Speirs from 1983 to 1991. It first aired on BBC1 from 1970 to 1981, and then aired on BBC2 from 1983 to 1991.

Format[edit]

The programme is aimed at primary school children aged between 7 and 9. It teaches singing, instrumentation, and basic elements of music theory and performance through simple, easily understandable songs. These often form part of a production intended to be performed by schools, and usually performed at the end of the programme (though in later years, as with Tarfa and the Trolls, the full performance was sometimes at the beginning of the programme). This would often be a pantomime in the autumn term. The programme also includes animated films (usually produced by Bura and Hardwick) based on familiar classical works such as Coppélia, Lieutenant Kijé and Háry János.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Original air dates
01"Peter and the Wolf"23 September 1970 (1970-09-23) – 2 December 1970 (1970-12-02)
02"Travel and Transport"13 January 1971 (1971-01-13) – 24 March 1971 (1971-03-24)
03"Spells and Riddles"28 April 1971 (1971-04-28) – 23 June 1971 (1971-06-23)
04"Animals"22 September 1971 (1971-09-22) – 1 December 1971 (1971-12-01)
05"Coppélia (1972)"12 January 1972 (1972-01-12) – 22 March 1972 (1972-03-22)
06"A River Journey"26 April 1972 (1972-04-26) – 21 June 1972 (1972-06-21)
07"The Christmas Journey"19 September 1977 (1977-09-19) – 28 November 1977 (1977-11-28)

  • Episode 1: The Sounds Around Us (19 September 1977)
  • Episode 2: High Sounds, Low Sounds (26 September 1977)
  • Episode 3: Long Sounds, Short Sounds (3 October 1977)
  • Episode 4: Feel the Beat (10 October 1977)
  • Episode 5: Rhythm (17 October 1977)
  • Episode 6: Collecting Sounds (24 October 1977)
  • Episode 7: Sound Traps (7 November 1977)
  • Episode 8: The Christmas Journey Introduction (14 November 1977)
  • Episode 9: The Christmas Journey 1 (21 November 1977)
  • Episode 10: The Christmas Journey 2 (28 November 1977)
08"Coppélia (1978)"9 January 1978 (1978-01-09) – 13 March 1978 (1978-03-13)

  • Episode 1: Tunes Shapes (9 January 1978)
  • Episode 2: Tunes Patterns (16 January 1978)
  • Episode 3: Snap (23 January 1978)
  • Episode 4: Happy Families (30 January 1978)
  • Episode 5: Follow My Leader (6 February 1978)
  • Episode 6: Holding On (13 February 1978)
  • Episode 7: Sounds Maps (20 February 1978)
  • Episode 8: Playing the Score (27 February 1978)
  • Episode 9: Coppélia Introduction (6 March 1978)
  • Episode 10: Coppélia (13 March 1978)
09"Laughing Bird"17 April 1978 (1978-04-17) – 12 June 1978 (1978-06-12)
10"The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"18 September 1978 (1978-09-18) – 27 November 1978 (1978-11-27)

  • Episode 1: Sounds in the Country 1 (18 September 1978)
  • Episode 2: Sounds in the Country 2 (25 September 1978)
  • Episode 3: Sounds by the Sea 1 (2 October 1978)
  • Episode 4: Sounds by the Sea 2 (9 October 1978)
  • Episode 5: Twos and Threes 1 (16 October 1978)
  • Episode 6: Twos and Threes 2 (23 October 1978)
  • Episode 7: Christmas Carols 1 (6 November 1978)
  • Episode 8: Christmas Carols 2 (13 November 1978)
  • Episode 9: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (20 November 1978)
  • Episode 10: A Christmas Concert (27 November 1978)
11"The Big Balloon Show"30 April 1979 (1979-04-30) – 25 June 1979 (1979-06-25)

  • Episode 1: In the Town 1 (30 April 1979)
  • Episode 2: In the Town 2 (9 May 1979)
  • Episode 3: At the Fair 1 (14 May 1979)
  • Episode 4: At the Fair 2 (21 May 1979)
  • Episode 5: In the Factory 1 (4 June 1979)
  • Episode 6: In the Factory 2 (11 June 1979)
  • Episode 7: On the Sea (18 June 1979)
  • Episode 8: The Big Balloon Show (25 June 1979)
12"Lieutenant Kijé"14 January 1980 (1980-01-14) – 24 March 1980 (1980-03-24)

  • Episode 1: Watch and Listen (14 January 1980)
  • Episode 2: Does it Come Back? (21 January 1980)
  • Episode 3: Fast and Slow (28 January 1980)
  • Episode 4: Clap and Tap (4 February 1980)
  • Episode 5: Copycats (11 February 1980)
  • Episode 6: In Harmony (25 February 1980)
  • Episode 7: Play the Game (3 March 1980)
  • Episode 8: Lieutenant Kijé 1 (10 March 1980)
  • Episode 9: Lieutenant Kijé 2 (17 March 1980)
  • Episode 10: The Story of Lieutenant Kijé (24 March 1980)
13"The Evening Star"5 May 1981 (1981-05-05) – 29 June 1981 (1981-06-29)

  • Episode 1: The Evening Star (5 May 1981)
  • Episode 2: Hunting (11 May 1981)
  • Episode 3: Stars (18 May 1981)
  • Episode 4: The Animals (1 June 1981)
  • Episode 5: The Garden (8 June 1981)
  • Episode 6: Dancing (15 June 1981)
  • Episode 7: Voices (22 June 1981)
  • Episode 8: Water (29 June 1981)
14"A Gift for the Baby"19 September 1983 (1983-09-19) – 28 November 1983 (1983-11-28)

  • Episode 1: Working with Sounds (19 September 1983)
  • Episode 2: Long Sounds, Short Sounds (26 September 1983)
  • Episode 3: Higher and Lower (3 October 1983)
  • Episode 4: The Sounds of the Voice (10 October 1983)
  • Episode 5: The Sounds of Words (17 October 1983)
  • Episode 6: Call and Response (31 October 1983)
  • Episode 7: The Regular Beat (7 November 1983)
  • Episode 8: Fast and Slow (14 November 1983)
  • Episode 9: Grouping Beats (21 November 1983)
  • Episode 10: A Gift for the Baby (28 November 1983)
15"The Sleeping Beauty"16 January 1984 (1984-01-16) – 26 March 1984 (1984-03-26)

  • Episode 1: Rhythm and the Beat (16 January 1984)
  • Episode 2: Rhythms Together (23 January 1984)
  • Episode 3: Tune Shapes (30 January 1984)
  • Episode 4: Musical Patterns (6 February 1984)
  • Episode 5: Contrasts (13 February 1984)
  • Episode 6: Question and Answer (27 February 1984)
  • Episode 7: Harmony (5 March 1984)
  • Episode 8: The Sleeping Beauty 1 (12 March 1984)
  • Episode 9: The Sleeping Beauty 2 (19 March 1984)
  • Episode 10: The Sleeping Beauty (26 March 1984)
16"Dick Whittington"17 September 1984 (1984-09-17) – 26 November 1984 (1984-11-26)

  • Episode 1: Footsteps (17 September 1984)
  • Episode 2: Time Span (24 September 1984)
  • Episode 3: Sound Signals (1 October 1984)
  • Episode 4: Traffic (8 October 1984)
  • Episode 5: Bells (15 October 1984)
  • Episode 6: Street Music (29 October 1984)
  • Episode 7: Keeping Together (5 November 1984)
  • Episode 8: Tempo (12 November 1984)
  • Episode 9: Rhythms (19 November 1984)
  • Episode 10: Dick Whittington (26 November 1984)
17"Háry János"14 January 1985 (1985-01-14) – 25 March 1985 (1985-03-25)

  • Episode 1: Two in a Bar (14 January 1985)
  • Episode 2: Grouping Beats (21 January 1985)
  • Episode 3: Melody (28 January 1985)
  • Episode 4: ABA (4 February 1985)
  • Episode 5: Musical Clocks (11 February 1985)
  • Episode 6: Copy Me (25 February 1985)
  • Episode 7: Harmony (4 March 1985)
  • Episode 8: Háry János 1 (11 March 1985)
  • Episode 9: Háry János 2 (18 March 1985)
  • Episode 10: Háry János (25 March 1985)
18"Anansi and the Sky God"29 April 1985 (1985-04-29) – 24 June 1985 (1985-06-24)

  • Episode 1: Anansi and the Sky God (29 April 1985)
  • Episode 2: Talking Drums (9 May 1985)
  • Episode 3: Pottery (13 May 1985)
  • Episode 4: The Bush (20 May 1985)
  • Episode 5: The Weavers (27 May 1985)
  • Episode 6: The Sky God (10 June 1985)
  • Episode 7: Creatures of the Bush (17 June 1985)
  • Episode 8: Follow the Drum (24 June 1985)
19"Panji and the Buffalo"21 April 1986 (1986-04-21) – 16 June 1986 (1986-06-16)

  • Episode 1: Panji and the Buffalo (21 April 1986)
  • Episode 2: The Padi-fields (28 April 1986)
  • Episode 3: On the Road (8 May 1986)
  • Episode 4: The Animals (12 May 1986)
  • Episode 5: Shadow Puppets (19 May 1986)
  • Episode 6: The Gamelan (2 June 1986)
  • Episode 7: Java Food (9 June 1986)
  • Episode 8: The Ceremonial Meal (16 June 1986)
20"Tarfa and the Trolls"18 September 1989 (1989-09-18) – 27 November 1989 (1989-11-27)

  • Episode 1: Tarfa and the Trolls (18 September 1989)
  • Episode 2: Housework (25 September 1989)
  • Episode 3: Wooden Sounds (2 October 1989)
  • Episode 4: Metal Sounds (9 October 1989)
  • Episode 5: Sleigh Ride (16 October 1989)
  • Episode 6: Voices (30 October 1989)
  • Episode 7: Loud and Quiet (6 November 1989)
  • Episode 8: Drummers (13 November 1989)
  • Episode 9: Duets (20 November 1989)
  • Episode 10: The Orchestra (27 November 1989)
21"Pictures at an Exhibition"15 January 1990 (1990-01-15) – 26 March 1990 (1990-03-26)

  • Episode 1: Promenade (15 January 1990)
  • Episode 2: Smooth and Spiky (22 January 1990)
  • Episode 3: The Castle (29 January 1990)
  • Episode 4: Machines (5 February 1990)
  • Episode 5: Transport (12 February 1990)
  • Episode 6: Birdsong (26 February 1990)
  • Episode 7: Catacombs (5 March 1990)
  • Episode 8: The Gnome (12 March 1990)
  • Episode 9: The Gardens (19 March 1990)
  • Episode 10: Rondo (26 March 1990)
22"The Emperor and the Nightingale"30 April 1990 (1990-04-30) – 25 June 1990 (1990-06-25)

  • Episode 1: The Emperor and the Nightingale (30 April 1990)
  • Episode 2: Reflections (10 May 1990)
  • Episode 3: Pentatonic (14 May 1990)
  • Episode 4: Songbirds (21 May 1990)
  • Episode 5: Chinese Birds (4 June 1990)
  • Episode 6: Mechanical Sounds (11 June 1990)
  • Episode 7: Chinese Music (18 June 1990)
  • Episode 8: Lanterns and Lions (25 June 1990)
23"Cinderella"17 September 1990 (1990-09-17) – 26 November 1990 (1990-11-26)

  • Episode 1: Cinderella (17 September 1990)
  • Episode 2: The Kitchen (24 September 1990)
  • Episode 3: Paper Sounds (1 October 1990)
  • Episode 4: Grouping Beats (8 October 1990)
  • Episode 5: The Beat (15 October 1990)
  • Episode 6: Mystery Sounds (29 October 1990)
  • Episode 7: Changing Tunes (5 November 1990)
  • Episode 8: Dancers (12 November 1990)
  • Episode 9: Ups and Downs (19 November 1990)
  • Episode 10: Cinderella's Christmas (26 November 1990)
24"The Planets"7 January 1991 (1991-01-07) – 18 March 1991 (1991-03-18)

  • Episode 1: A Space Journey (7 January 1991)
  • Episode 2: Mars (14 January 1991)
  • Episode 3: Mercury (21 January 1991)
  • Episode 4: Jupiter (28 January 1991)
  • Episode 5: Uranus (4 February 1991)
  • Episode 6: Saturn (11 February 1991)
  • Episode 7: Venus (25 February 1991)
  • Episode 8: Neptune (4 March 1991)
  • Episode 9: The Planets 1 (11 March 1991)
  • Episode 10: The Planets 2 (18 March 1991)

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