In 1958 the BBC Radiophonic Workshop opened with the aim to enhance in the main, drama output on the Third Programme (now Radio 3) following the development of new electronic music techniques emanating from Europe. Their work expanded across the BBC to take in TV drama (especially sci-fi), schools programmes and themes. The latter being their most celebrated and well known work, Delia Derbyshire's treatment of Ron Grainer's theme for Doctor Who. This collection, originally released by BBC Records in 1979 to celebrate 21 years of the workshop appears for the first time in its full original form on CD. From The Goons (Bloodnocks Stomach) to the Interval Signal to Doctor Who and Great Zoos Of The World this is a fascinating chronicle of some of the most innovative music ever made. These ground-breaking compositions providing a major influence on music from The Beatles and Pink Floyd and onwards into the contemporary world of Aphex Twin, Orbital and The Chemical Brothers. "The Radiophonic Workshop, I loved all that, it fascinated me, and still does”. - Paul McCartney.


  • Time On Our Hands (Delia Derbyshire) 00:26:38
  • Dr. Who (Delia Derbyshire) 00:31:12
  • Minds of Evil (Dudley Simpson) 00:10:19
  • Quatermass & the Pit (Effects) (Desmond Briscoe) 00:09:07
  • Bloodnok's Stomach (Dick Mills / Jimmy Burnett) 00:02:24
  • Outside (Desmond Briscoe & Maddalena Fagandini) 00:08:53
  • Science and Industry (Phil Young) 00:07:12
  • The Artist Speaks (Phil Young) 00:30:14
  • The Splendour That Was Rome (Phil Young) 00:07:12
  • Interval Signal (Maddalena Fagandini) 00:33:07
  • Phra the Phoenician (Desmond Briscoe) 00:12:00
  • Full Circle - The Stick Up (Desmond Briscoe) 00:12:00
  • Time Beat (Maddalena Fagandini) 00:07:12
  • Ideal Home Exhibition (Maddalena Fagandini) 00:24:29
  • Arabic Science and Industry (Delia Derbyshire) 00:05:17
  • The Chem Lab Mystery (Maddalena Fagandini) 00:12:14
  • Know Your Car (Get Out and Get Under) (Delia Derbyshire) 00:13:55
  • TARDIS (Brian Hodgson) 00:27:07
  • Choice (John Baker) 00:08:38
  • Hard Luck Hall (John Baker) 00:07:55
  • Westminster at Work (Keith Salmon) 00:06:43
  • Talk Out (Delia Derbyshire) 00:06:00
  • Science and Health (Delia Derbyshire) 00:13:26
  • Secrets of the Chasm (Tony Askew) 00:25:41
  • A New View of Politics (Delia Derbyshire) 00:09:36
  • Environmental Studies (Delia Derbyshire) 00:07:12
  • Chronicle (Delia Derbyshire) 00:05:02
  • Great Zoos of the World (Delia Derbyshire) 00:08:24
  • Martian March Past (Dick Mills) 00:06:58
  • Thomas the Rhymer (Dick Mills) 00:28:05
  • Merry-Go-Round (Peter Howell) 00:05:02
  • Fanfare (Dick Mills) 00:05:17
  • BBC2 Serial (Malcolm Clarke) 00:10:48
  • The Plunderers (Roger Limb) 00:28:05
  • The Secret War (Peter Howell) 00:12:58
  • Quirky (Roger Limb) 00:31:12
  • Newton (Paddy Kingsland) 00:25:41
  • Contact (Malcolm Clarke) 00:06:14
  • For Love or Money (Roger Limb) 00:26:24
  • Mysterioso ("Blake's Seven") (Richard Yeoman-Clark) 00:25:55
  • A Whisper from Space (Paddy Kingsland) 00:50:53
  • Swirley (Roger Limb) 00:36:29
  • Greenwich Chorus (Peter Howell) 00:52:48
  • Hurdy Gurdy (Malcolm Clarke) 00:30:43
  • Broken Biscuit Club (Paddy Kingsland) 00:09:22