Music Makers (radio): Great Uncle Battersby's Invisible Force

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started16th Jan 1980
ended26th Mar 1980
last rpt24th Mar 1982
3 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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Great Uncle Battersby's Invisible Force is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

Subtitled or How the Beauregarde brothers lost a fortune but found each other, a musical comedy based on the laws of electricity.

In the 19th Century, identical twin brothers are drawn into the world of science and invention by their Great Uncle Battersby. After their uncle dies the brothers fall out, set up separate laboratories, and enter a science competition as rivals. When one of the brothers is kidnapped they reconcile their differences to engineer an escape using their Great Uncle's "invisible force" invention.

The programmes also included features on ways that electricity has been used in music.


  • Science
  • Inner Voices
  • I'm Your Man!
  • One of Those Days
  • As Meek as Lambs
  • Strange Uneasiness
  • Be Positive!


  • Spring 1980
  • Spring 1982


Written by Derek Farmer
Music by Peter Hutchings
Producer Peter Hutchings


The unit was accompanied by a 28 page pupils pamphlet printed in shades of red, with illustrations by Paul Cemmick.

There was also a booklet of teachers' notes, but I don't know whether there were acting scripts or melodic instrument parts available for this unit - if you can help please get in touch by email.

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