Music Makers (radio): Pedro's Revenge (1984)

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started14th May 1984
ended9th Jul 1984
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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Pedro's Revenge (1984) is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

An adaptation of a story from South America, using South American music styles. Young Pedro encounters the gangster Rocadura who "liquidated" his father years ago. Through a series of wily tricks Pedro repeatedly outsmarts Rocadura, and even after being captured, Pedro continues to seek his revenge.

The magazine sections of each programme looked at aspects of Latin American music.

Pedro's Revenge was produced again for Music Makers later in the 1980s, in an expanded form as a spring term series. That later version of the story is covered on a separate page of this website.


  • Rocadura Samba
  • Cheating Cha-Cha
  • Vendetta Paso Doble
  • Liquidation Tango
  • Lovesick Bossa Nova
  • Go Take a Running Jump!


  • Summer 1984

Pedro's Revenge would have been due for a repeat in Summer 1986, but Music Makers was not broadcast in that term. Its place was taken by Opus, a short series for secondary schools about musical works composed and performed by pupils.


Introduced by Ian Humphris
Jill Shilling
Written by David Wade
Music by Ian Humphris
Producer Peter Hutchings


Pupils' pamphlet

Pupils' pamphlet

Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes

Acting script

An acting script, including dialogue and stage directions, specially adapted for school performances, was available free to schools who sent a stamped, addressed envelope to the producer during the broadcasts...

Melodic instrument parts was a set of musical notation for tuned percussion instruments.


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