Music Makers (radio): Rumpelstiltskin

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started21st Sep 1987
ended30th Nov 1987
last rpt30th Nov 1989
3 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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Rumpelstiltskin is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

A musical adaptation of the Brothers Grimm story. A miller's drunken boasts lead to his daughter Ethel being imprisoned until she can spin straw into gold. A dwarf with magical powers comes to her aid, but to meet her debt to the dwarf Ethel will have to marry him unless she can guess his name. The handsome footman Albert rides to her rescue.

This production was an updated and refreshed version of a Rumpelstiltskin production originally broadcast on the companion series for slightly younger children Music Workshop in 1978 and 1980, with most of the same songs but a new opening number.


  • Friday Night at Eight
  • Echo Song
  • Spinning Song
  • Two-as-One Song
  • Name-Guessing Song
  • Gloating Song
  • Let the Bells Ring!

There was also music for an Interlude and Wedding March.


  • Autumn 1987
  • Autumn 1989


Introduced by Ian Humphris
Jill Shilling
Written by R. D. Ward
With apologies to The Brothers Grimm
Music by Peter Hutchings
Producer Peter Hutchings


Pupils' pamphlet

Pupils' pamphlet

Illustrated by Paul Cemmick.

Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes

Acting script

Acting script cover

Melodic instrument parts

Melodic instrument parts cover

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