Music Makers (radio): Kings and Things

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started19th Sep 1979
ended28th Nov 1979
last rpt2nd Dec 1981
3 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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Kings and Things is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1970s and 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

A "revue-style anecdotal entertainment" in which a selection of English monarchs and other historical figures at a waxworks come to life and sing songs about themselves.


  • The Waxwork Monarchs
  • William and Harold
  • King John and Robin Hood
  • Henry VIII and His Wives
  • Oliver Cromwell's Song
  • The Four Georges
  • The Great Exhibition of 1851


  • Autumn 1979
  • Autumn 1981


Written by Peter Hancock
Music by Robert Long
Producer Peter Hutchings


Pupils' pamphlet

Pupils' pamphlet

A 28 page pamphlet, illustrated by Paul Cemmick, containing words and music of all the songs, cartoons filling in the basic story, and pictures to illustrate the magazine sections of the programmes.

Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes 1981

The teachers' notes contained an overview of the series, lists of the content in each programme, and piano music for all of the songs.

Acting script

An acting script for the story was available free to schools, directly from the producer during the term of broadcast.

Music Makers units often also had a set of accompaniments for melodic instruments, but no such accompaniments were made available for Kings and Things.


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