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Time and Tune
BBC Schools Radio
Company:BBC
First run:
21st September
1951

-present

(62 school years)
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Episodes:1,353 episodes (approximately)
Duration:20 minutes
Subject:Music: Music
Audience:Age 7-9
Language:In English
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Contents

A music series offering children opportunities to listen to music and sing along, with creative suggestions and games to develop music appreciation and skills.

Each school term Time and Tune covered 7 or 8 different songs, built up verse by verse and used as a basis to investigate ways of singing, musical notation and other topics. During the 1960s each term's songs began to be themed around a common subject, and from the early 1970s each term began to consist of a complete cantata or musical story, which children could perform as an end-of-term show once the broadcasts had finished.

Episodes of Time and Tune have a presenter, joined by a children's choir and sometimes professional singers. The presenter talked directly to listening children but encouraged them to interact with the classroom teacher, during and after the broadcasts.

Programmes are accompanied by lavishly illustrated pupils' pamphlets, containing the tunes and words of all the songs, simple exercises and features about musical instruments or related topics. The pamphlets would be referred to during the broadcasts and were essential for successful use of the series. At least three pamphlets have been issued every school year for the past sixty years, and these pamphlets form the basis for the episode guide below.

The series is part of a BBC music course for primary schools, which extends from Music Box for infants, The Song Tree for 5-7 year olds (added in spring 1982), Time and Tune for 7-9 year olds, and Rhythm and Melody (until summer 1964) or Music Workshop (from autumn 1964) for 9-11 year olds. Pupils can graduate from one series to another, learning increasingly advanced topics.

Two earlier BBC school radio music series called Time and Tune for Juniors and Time and Tune for Seniors ran in Scotland during the 1930s, but they were not directly related to this series.


Episode Guide

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Year Autumn Spring Summer
1951-52 Autumn 1951Time and Tune cover autumn 1951.jpg Spring 1952NO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1952Time and Tune cover summer 1952.jpg
1952-53 Autumn 1952Time and Tune cover autumn 1952.jpg Spring 1953Time and Tune cover spring 1953.jpg Summer 1953Time and Tune cover summer 1953.jpg
1953-54 Autumn 1953Time and Tune cover autumn 1953.jpg Spring 1954Time and Tune cover spring 1954.jpg Summer 1954Time and Tune cover summer 1954.jpg
1954-55 Autumn 1954Time and Tune cover autumn 1954.jpg Spring 1955Time and Tune cover spring 1955.jpg Summer 1955Time and Tune cover summer 1955.jpg
1955-56 Autumn 1955Time and Tune cover autumn 1955.jpg Spring 1956Time and Tune cover spring 1956.jpg Summer 1956Time and Tune cover summer 1956.jpg
1956-57 Autumn 1956Time and Tune cover autumn 1956.jpg Spring 1957Time and Tune cover spring 1957.jpg Summer 1957Time and Tune cover summer 1957.jpg
1957-58 Autumn 1957Time and Tune cover autumn 1957.jpg Spring 1958Time and Tune cover spring 1958.jpg Summer 1958Time and Tune cover summer 1958.jpg
1958-59 Autumn 1958Time and Tune cover autumn 1958.jpg Spring 1959Time and Tune cover spring 1959.jpg Summer 1959Time and Tune cover summer 1959.jpg
1959-60 Autumn 1959Time and Tune cover autumn 1959.jpg Spring 1960Time and Tune cover spring 1960.jpg Summer 1960Time and Tune cover summer 1960.jpg
1960-61 Autumn 1960Time and Tune cover autumn 1960.jpg Spring 1961Time and Tune cover spring 1961.jpg Summer 1961Time and Tune cover summer 1961.jpg
1961-62 Autumn 1961Time and Tune cover autumn 1961.jpg Spring 1962Time and Tune cover spring 1962.jpg Summer 1962Time and Tune cover summer 1962.jpg
1962-63 Autumn 1962Time and Tune cover autumn 1962.jpg Spring 1963Time and Tune cover spring 1963.jpg Summer 1963Time and Tune cover summer 1963.jpg
1963-64 Autumn 1963Time and Tune cover autumn 1963.jpg Spring 1964Time and Tune cover spring 1964.jpg Summer 1964Time and Tune cover summer 1964.jpg
1964-65 Autumn 1964Ferdinando the DonkeyTime and Tune cover autumn 1964.jpg Spring 1965Journey Into SpaceTime and Tune cover spring 1968.jpg Summer 1965AmericaTime and Tune cover summer 1965.jpg
1965-66 Autumn 1965Play of DanielTime and Tune cover autumn 1965.jpg Spring 1966Witches and WizardsTime and Tune cover spring 1966.jpg Summer 1966TravelTime and Tune cover summer 1966.jpg
1966-67 Autumn 1966 Time and Tune cover autumn 1966.jpg Spring 1967The Story of SikulumeTime and Tune cover spring 1967.jpg Summer 1967Periods of HistoryTime and Tune cover summer 1967.jpg
1967-68 Autumn 1967Ferdinando the DonkeyTime and Tune cover autumn 1967.jpg Spring 1968Journey Into SpaceTime and Tune cover spring 1968.jpg Summer 1968A Cowboy and His GuitarTime and Tune cover summer 1968.jpg
1968-69 Autumn 1968The Toy MakerTime and Tune cover autumn 1968.jpg Spring 1969Witches and WizardsTime and Tune cover spring 1969.jpg Summer 1969Songs and Dances of EuropeTime and Tune cover summer 1969.jpg
1969-70 Autumn 1969Voyage to the Lands of the Midnight SunTime and Tune cover autumn 1969.jpg Spring 1970LondonTime and Tune cover spring 1970.jpg Summer 1970ZoosTime and Tune cover summer 1970.jpg
1970-71 Autumn 1970The NutcrackerTime and Tune cover autumn 1970.jpg Spring 1971HassebuTime and Tune cover spring 1971.jpg Summer 1971FarmsTime and Tune cover summer 1971.jpg
1971-72 Autumn 1971The Magic Music ShopTime and Tune cover autumn 1971.jpg Spring 1972Robin Ddu (Robin the Black)Time and Tune cover spring 1975.jpg Summer 1972Markets and FairsTime and Tune cover summer 1972.jpg
1972-73 Autumn 1972Sleeping BeautyTime and Tune cover autumn 1972.jpg Spring 1973La Campanelita, The Little BellTime and Tune cover spring 1976.jpg Summer 1973WildlifeTime and Tune cover summer 1973.jpg
1973-74 Autumn 1973CinderellaTime and Tune cover autumn 1973.jpg Spring 1974HassebuTime and Tune cover spring 1971.jpg Summer 1974CanalsTime and Tune cover summer 1974.jpg
1974-75 Autumn 1974Twigwidge and the Tree HouseTime and Tune cover autumn 1974.jpg Spring 1975Robin Ddu (Robin the Black)Time and Tune cover spring 1975.jpg Summer 1975FlightTime and Tune cover summer 1975.jpg
1975-76 Autumn 1975The Amazing Adventures of Baron MunchausenTime and Tune cover autumn 1975.jpg Spring 1976La Campanelita, The Little BellTime and Tune cover spring 1976.jpg Summer 1976Sailing Ships and the SeaTime and Tune cover summer 1976.jpg
1976-77 Autumn 1976Twigwidge and the Norse TreeTime and Tune cover autumn 1976.jpg Spring 1977Anarqaq and the AnimalsTime and Tune cover spring 1977.jpg Summer 1977Time and Tune EchoTime and Tune cover summer 1977.jpg
1977-78 Autumn 1977The Adventures of Little MookraTime and Tune cover autumn 1977.jpg Spring 1978Alvida and the Magician's CapeTime and Tune cover spring 1978.jpg Summer 1978FlightTime and Tune cover summer 1975.jpg
1978-79 Autumn 1978Torum and the Star KingsTime and Tune cover autumn 1978.jpg Spring 1979Zarifa and the White CalfTime and Tune cover spring 1979.jpg Summer 1979The World of AnimalsTime and Tune cover summer 1979.jpg
1979-80 Autumn 1979Jack and the BeanstalkTime and Tune cover autumn 1979.jpg Spring 1980Ming-Ming and the Lantern DragonTime and Tune cover spring 1980.jpg Summer 1980The Time and Tune OrchestraTime and Tune cover summer 1980.jpg
1980-81 Autumn 1980A Legend of Three KingsTime and Tune cover autumn 1980.jpg Spring 1981Sandal the PiperTime and Tune cover spring 1981.jpg Summer 1981The Time and Tune Radio StationTime and Tune cover summer 1981.jpg
1981-82 Autumn 1981My Son Aladdin or A Lad in Terrible TroubleTime and Tune cover autumn 1981.jpg Spring 1982Child of the DragonTime and Tune cover spring 1982.jpg Summer 1982Squeaker Squirrel ShowTime and Tune cover summer 1982.jpg
1982-83 Autumn 1982CoppeliaTime and Tune cover autumn 1982.jpg Spring 1983PinocchioTime and Tune cover spring 1983.jpg Summer 1983The Time and Tune Nature TrailTime and Tune cover summer 1983.jpg
1983-84 Autumn 1983Trig Trog and the Christmas ChildrenTime and Tune cover autumn 1983.jpg Spring 1984Ramu and the 100,000 MonkeysTime and Tune cover spring 1984.jpg Summer 1984Pirates and SmugglersTime and Tune cover summer 1984.jpg
1984-85 Autumn 1984Hansel and GretelTime and Tune cover autumn 1984.jpg Spring 1985PinocchioTime and Tune cover spring 1983.jpg Summer 1985Cowboys and IndiansTime and Tune cover summer 1985.jpg
1985-86 Autumn 1985The Tailor of GloucesterTime and Tune cover autumn 1985.jpg Spring 1986Scenes from The Wind in the WillowsTime and Tune cover spring 1988.jpg Summer 1986The Prehistoric Monster ShowTime and Tune cover summer 1986.jpg
1986-87 Autumn 1986The Golden GooseTime and Tune cover autumn 1986.jpg Spring 1987Jungle BookTime and Tune cover spring 1987.jpg Summer 1987The Young MozartTime and Tune cover summer 1987.jpg
1987-88 Autumn 1987The Musicians of BremenTime and Tune cover autumn 1987.jpg Spring 1988Scenes from The Wind in the WillowsTime and Tune cover spring 1988.jpg Summer 1988The Olympic GamesTime and Tune cover summer 1988.jpg
1988-89 Autumn 1988Time FliesTime and Tune cover autumn 1988.jpg Spring 1989Over the MoonTime and Tune cover spring 1989.jpg Summer 1989Circus! Circus! Circus!Time and Tune cover summer 1991.jpg
1989-90 Autumn 1989Panto ProntoTime and Tune cover autumn 1989.jpg Spring 1990Spring-a-Ding-DingTime and Tune cover spring 1990.jpg Summer 1990The Phenomenal Sound Phactory!Time and Tune cover summer 1990.jpg
1990-91 Autumn 1990All AboardTime and Tune cover autumn 1990.jpg Spring 1991Over the MoonTime and Tune cover spring 1989.jpg Summer 1991Circus! Circus! Circus!; Summer ExtrasTime and Tune cover summer 1991.jpg
1991-92 Autumn 1991Panto ProntoTime and Tune cover autumn 1989.jpg Spring 1992Spring-a-Ding-DingTime and Tune cover spring 1990.jpg Summer 1992The Phenomenal Sound Phactory!; Summer ExtrasTime and Tune cover summer 1990.jpg
1992-93 Autumn 1992PetroushkaTime and Tune cover autumn 1992.jpg Spring 1993Dance FeverTime and Tune cover spring 1993.jpg Summer 1993Whenever Next?Time and Tune cover summer 1993.jpg
1993-94 Autumn 1993The Fantastic ToyshopTime and Tune cover autumn 1993.jpg Spring 1994VoxboxNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png Summer 1994The Hall of MirrorsTime and Tune cover summer 1994.jpg
1994-95 Autumn 1994Sea ThunderTime and Tune cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 1995Dig It!Time and Tune cover spring 1995.jpg Summer 1995Stop... Danger... Go!Time and Tune cover summer 1995.jpg
1995-96 Autumn 1995The Fantastic ToyshopTime and Tune cover autumn 1993.jpg Spring 1996OmutugwaTime and Tune cover spring 1996.jpg Summer 1996The Hall of MirrorsTime and Tune cover summer 1994.jpg
1996-97 Autumn 1996Sea ThunderTime and Tune cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 1997Dig It!Time and Tune cover spring 1995.jpg Summer 1997Hey Presto!Time and Tune cover summer 1997.jpg
1997-98 Autumn 1997Space Station 4/4; It's Not Christmas Without CarolsTime and Tune cover autumn 1997 A.jpg Spring 1998OmutugwaTime and Tune cover spring 1996.jpg Summer 1998The Hall of MirrorsTime and Tune cover summer 1994.jpg
1998-99 Autumn 1998Sea ThunderTime and Tune cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 1999A Feast of FablesTime and Tune cover spring 1999.jpg Summer 1999Hey Presto!Time and Tune cover summer 1997.jpg
1999-2000 Autumn 1999Space Station 4/4; It's Not Christmas Without CarolsTime and Tune cover autumn 1997 B.jpg Spring 2000OmutugwaTime and Tune cover spring 1996.jpg Summer 2000Listening and ComposingNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
2000-01 Autumn 2000A Feast of FablesTime and Tune cover spring 1999.jpg Spring 2001(no broadcast) Summer 2001Listening and ComposingNO PIC LANDSCAPE.png
2001-02 Autumn 2001Sea ThunderTime and Tune cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 2002OmutugwaTime and Tune cover spring 1996.jpg Summer 2002(no broadcast)
2002-03 Autumn 2002Sea ThunderTime and Tune cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 2003The Wind in the WillowsTime and Tune cover spring 2003.jpg Summer 2003Hey Presto!Time and Tune cover summer 1997.jpg
2003-04 Autumn 2003Space Station 4/4; It's Not Christmas Without CarolsTime and Tune cover autumn 1997 A.jpg Spring 2004Peter PanTime and Tune cover spring 2004.jpg Summer 2004OmutugwaTime and Tune cover spring 1996.jpg
2004-05 Autumn 2004The Wind in the WillowsTime and Tune cover spring 2003.jpg Spring 2005EvacueesTime and Tune cover spring 2005.jpg Summer 2005Peter PanTime and Tune cover spring 2004.jpg
2005-06 Autumn 2005Sea ThunderTime and Tune cover autumn 1994.jpg Spring 2006Peter PanTime and Tune cover spring 2004.jpg Summer 2006Let's GoTime and Tune cover summer 2006.jpg
2006-07 Autumn 2006EvacueesTime and Tune cover spring 2005.jpg Spring 2007The Wind in the WillowsTime and Tune cover spring 2003.jpg Summer 2007Let's GoTime and Tune cover summer 2006.jpg
2007-08 Autumn 2007EvacueesTime and Tune cover spring 2005.jpg Spring 2008(no broadcast) Summer 2008Peter PanTime and Tune cover spring 2004.jpg
2008-09 Autumn 2008The Wind in the WillowsTime and Tune cover spring 2003.jpg Spring 2009(no broadcast) Summer 2009Let's GoTime and Tune cover summer 2006.jpg
2009-10 Autumn 2009(no broadcast) Spring 2010(no broadcast) Summer 2010PersephoneTime and Tune cover summer 2010.jpg
2010-11 Autumn 2010EvacueesTime and Tune cover spring 2005.jpg Spring 2011PersephoneTime and Tune cover summer 2010.jpg Summer 2011(no broadcast)
2011-12 Autumn 2011(no broadcast) Spring 2012Viking Saga SongsTime and Tune cover spring 2012.jpg Summer 2012(no broadcast)


2012-13 Autumn 2012(no broadcast) Spring 2013Viking Saga SongsTime and Tune cover spring 2012.jpg Summer 2013PersephoneTime and Tune cover summer 2010.jpg


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