Music Makers (radio): Crossed Circuits

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started16th Jan 1984
ended26th Mar 1984
last rpt17th Mar 1986
3 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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Crossed Circuits is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

A comedy about a young man trying to free himself from a life of automated "micro-chippery".

Faraday Filigree is the son of the multi-millionaire owner of Filigree Electronics, and has been brought up by machines, with no contact with other humans. Yearning for human contact he leaves home and meets a girl called Sally who works for the travelling fair. This soon ties him up in the crooked schemes and scams of the fair's owner Hercules Flybanite.

The magazine sections looked at "musical things which were New at the time".


  • Electronics
  • Cross-Generation Communication
  • Fiesta at the Fair
  • He Who Hesitates
  • Inspirational Notion
  • Rich!
  • Gotta Look to the Future!


Radio Times listing, 1986


Introduced by Ian Humphris
Helen Speirs
Written by Derek Farmer
Music by Peter Hutchings
Producer Peter Hutchings


Pupils' pamphlet

Pupils' pamphlet

A 28 page pamphlet for children printed in shades of orange, containing the story told in illustrations by Derek Mathews, and words and music from all of the songs.

Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes

A 16 page booklet for teachers containing the piano accompaniment for all of the songs over 14 of the pages, and brief descriptions of the broadcasts at the end.

Acting script

A script of the story adapted for performance in schools could be requested by schools sending a stamped, addressed envelope to the producer during the term of broadcast.

Melodic instrument parts

A set of melodic instrument parts for all of the songs was likewise available free from the producer while the programmes were being broadcast.

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