Music Makers (radio): The Park Keeper (1987)

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started27th Apr 1987
ended8th Jun 1987
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject 🎶MusicMusic
age rangeAge 10-12Age 9-11 & Age 11-13
languageenIn English
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The Park Keeper (1987) is a unit of the BBC schools radio series Music Makers from the 1980s, covering music for primary and secondary school pupils.

Herbert Pringle is a city park-keeper who has got fed up with the kids cluttering up his grass with their footballs, the keep-fit classes interrupting his peace, the local busybodies harrassing him about litter picking, and the hippies protesting in his spaces.

He finds that the day a local newspaper reporter calls by to observe him is also the day the town carnival will pass through, the day the parks supervisor will visit, and the day he finally intends to resign.

The Park Keeper was first produced for Music Makers a decade earlier, in a double-bill with a story called The Mystery of McKannor Manor. Both productions were shorter than a typical Music Makers unit, covered in just five episodes and consisting of just five songs.


  • Park Song
  • Keep Fit Song
  • Let's Keep Everything Tidy
  • Protest Song
  • Carnival Song


  • Summer 1987


Introduced by Ian Humphris
Jill Shilling
Written by Ted Glover
Music by Peter Hutchings
Producer Peter Hutchings


The unit was accompanied by a new, 24-page pupils' pamphlet giving the music and lyrics to all of the songs, with illustrations by Jon Riley.

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

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