Science and Health
In 1964, Delia created a 57-second signature tune for a BBC radio series Science and Health, "a succession of tumbling chords, descending with an elegance beyond almost anyone else."
[In making Ziwzih Ziwzih OO-OO-OO] I used just this one bar repeated which had [previously] been rejected from a science and health program for being too lascivious for the schoolchildren. It was like a science program... it was supposed to be about sex, but under another name. And then the producer had the nerve to turn down my music, saying it was too lascivious. It was just twangy things with electronic pick-ups, and I just used a single note and then did little glissandos on it and pitched it and treated it.
The programme was actually called For Schools Health and Science, not Science and Health. The Radio Times listing initially only credits the programme as "compiled by Michael Smee" Later in the series, the Radio Times provided a fuller credit. Reproduction 4: Bringing up children by Michael Smee Series produced and edited by Elizabeth Kilham Roberts 
The Producer named in the tape library is Mrs E H Kilham Roberts. Elizabeth Kilham Roberts had a background as a chemistry graduate and science teacher and joined the BBC during WWII as an administrator.
In a draft version of the script for the Reeling and Writhing play, scriptwriter Nicola McCartney has the following dialogue about the event:
DESMOND BRISCOE The Producer of that education programme -- that Science and Health series -- he called me. He says they can't use the tapes you sent up. DELIA DERBYSHIRE He can't use them? DESMOND BRISCOE No... He says that the sound arrangement/ DELIA DERBYSHIRE / Music. DESMOND BRISCOE Theme... DELIA DERBYSHIRE Music. DESMOND BRISCOE Is too lascivious for eleven-year-olds. DELIA DERBYSHIRE Too "lascivious"? DESMOND BRISCOE ... Yes. Can you believe it? I said, "For goodness sake, man, it's a programme about sex education!" He laughs. She stops working and is very silent.
The following lyrics were planned by Delia, fitting the melody of the piece
I wanna be loved by you I'm gonna be true to only you -or- I'm gonna be true to you I wanna be loved by only you
but the versions released on disc are purely instrumental.
Here it is, typeset using Sibelius as PDF and MIDI files: Science and Health (score)
- DD113144: Manuscript side 1 dated 15/7/64 with lyrics
- DD113202: Side 2 of DD113144, seems not to be for S&H
- DD123034: "S. & H. + a better bass line"
- Released on BBC Radiophonic Workshop 21
- Released on Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - Volume 1: The Early Years
- In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6152: "Science and Health"
- TRW 6435: "Hot Line from London" is said to be a copy of TRW 6152.
Science and Health
|Problems listening to this file? See media help.|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6152.
- ↑ Robin Carmody in the article Wee also have sound-houses.
- ↑ Delia in the Surface interview.
- ↑ BBC Genome: FOR SCHOOLS HEALTH AND SCIENCE BBC Home Service Basic, 11 March 1965 9.35 
- ↑ HEALTH AND SCIENCE BBC Home Service Basic, 31 March 1966 9.35 https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/61bf87094117409587e663c4528b4388
- ↑ Women, Work, and the BBC: How Wartime Restrictions and Recruitment Woes Reshaped the Corporation, 1939-45 http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/31808/1/TERKANIAN_Kathryn_Ph.D._2018.pdf
- ↑ DD113144: Manuscript dated 15/7/64 with lyrics
- ↑ The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6435.