Music Makers (radio): The Horrors

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started5th Dec 1988
ended9th Dec 1988
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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The Horrors is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

A horror-comedy-musical in the style of a rock opera.

The Good family, including children Annie and Jolly, accidentally stumble into the house of mad scientist Dr Frank-and-swine, whose maniacal search for companionship has led him to hypnotise a group of monsters and misfits to join him for a party every night. The doctor is plotting to make himself a new friend, and decides he needs Jolly's brain to complete it.


  • Party Time
  • I'm the Doctor
  • Making Friends
  • What Does the Future Hold?
  • No-one There
  • The Night Life
  • The Nightmare Is Over


  • Autumn 1988 - 2 episodes back-to-back each day for a week, to facilitate recording by schools

Wallchart listing setting out the Music Makers broadcast pattern in 1988


Introduced by Ian Humphris
Jill Shilling
Written by R. D. Ward
Music by Max Brittain
Producer Peter Hutchings


Pupils' pamphlet

Pupils' pamphlet

Illustrated by Paul Cemmick.

Teachers' notes

Teachers' notes

Acting script

Melodic instrument parts

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