RC 173: Radiophonic at 50

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop turned 50 this year, and I pay tribute to the amazing work of this innovative electronic and electroacoustic music studio that created the music and sound effects for such radio and TV shows as Dr Who, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Changes, Blake’s 7, Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Quatermass and the Pit, Goon Show, Planet Earth and various BBC for Schools programmes and idents – along the way helping to develop many early electronic music techniques, and promoting electronic music in the UK and abroad.

Happy Birthday Radiophonic Workshop! (63Mb, 94mins)


  • John Baker – Woman’s Hour (reading your letters)
  • Delia Derbyshire – Happy Birthday
  • Ray Cathode – Waltz In Orbit
  • Brian Hodgson – Tardis
  • Delia Derbyshire – Doctor Who
  • John Baker – Festival Time
  • David Cain – Radio Sheffield
  • Delia Derbyshire – Door to Door
  • Maddelena Fagandini – The Chem Lab Mystery
  • John Baker – Time and Tune
  • John Baker – New Worlds
  • John Baker – John Baker Interview – Radio Nottingham
  • John Baker – Dial M For Murder
  • John Baker – The Chase
  • Delia Derbyshire – Mattachin
  • John Baker – Factors
  • Delia Derbyshire – Environmental Studies
  • John Baker – Scene (Never Never)
  • Delia Derbyshire & Brian Hodgson – Lure Of The Space Goddess
  • John Baker – Structures
  • Glynis Johns – Veils and Mirrors
  • John Baker – 20th Century Focus
  • Glynis Jones – Schlum Rooli
  • Dick Mills – Dandelion Countdown (Pictures in Your Mind)
  • Paddy Kingsland – Scene & Heard
  • Paddy Kingsland – Colour Radio
  • Paddy Kingsland – The Changes (Suite)
  • John Baker – Barnacle Bill
  • Malcolm Clarke – Bath Time
  • Paddy Kingsland – Brighton Pier
  • Dick Mills – Seascape
  • Peter Howell and Dick Mills – Fancy Fish (“Aquarium”)
  • Paddy Kingsland- The Whale
  • Malcolm Clarke – The Milonga
  • Peter Howell – Greenwich Chorus
  • Tomorrow’s World
  • Jonathan Gibbs – Computer in the Real World
  • Elizabeth Parker – Planet Earth (Scenes from “The Living Planet”)
  • John Baker – The Invasion – Muzak II (from “Time in Advance”)
  • Elizabeth Parker – The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • John Baker – Spin Off


  1. December 3

    Yes I’ve had that album for years – used tracks from it for beds years ago. Not sure why they never re-released it.

  2. David Raphael
    March 16

    I’ve only just heard this. Great show, albeit a bit ‘all over the shop’, which is exactly what the workshop was anyway. 😉
    I really like this radiophonic workshop stuff; brings back a lot of memories of pretending to be sick and watching Schools and Colleges countdown clocks. I loved hearing Tomorrow’s World again – I had forgotten about it. Which album is that from? I managed to track down mp3 copies of Out of this World and 21, which I always listen to. Did anyone ever get back to you about a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy soundtrack?



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