Mathematics Around You

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Delia created "various openings and closings" for "Mathematics Around You",[1] a BBC television series for schools produced by Andree Molyneux, aimed at age 7-9 and consisting of eight 20-minute episodes[2] broadcast from 24th April-23rd June 1967.[3][4]

Its tape's catalogue entry is dated 1st November 1966.[1]

Tape TRW 6848, labelled "Pete Brady Show", claims to be a copy of Happy Birthday taken from TRW 6586: "Mathematics Around You" and broadcast on 30th April 1968.[5]


  1. Sorting: A children's birthday party provides some mathematical situations.
  2. Ordering: A small boy enjoys using mathematics when preparing for a jumble sale.
  3. Length: The adventure playground Is an exciting place for all kinds of measuring.
  4. Weight: Baking cakes, building a see-saw, weighing a guinea-pig - they are all part of a day's work for eight-year-old Kim.
  5. Containers: Measuring with water, sand, and cubes.
  6. Shapes: Shapes seen from the Thames.
  7. Surfaces: A school day for Chris and his friends Includes papering a Wendy house and roofing a hut.
  8. Looking Further: Lalitha's class prepares a play about a game of chess.[4]


There is a bundle of Delia's manuscript papers, clipped together, for six programmes in a series about Mathematics. One sheet is headed "Maths Prog", and another bears the date "3.67".


  • Broadcast from 24th April to 23rd June 1967 at 11.05am on BBC1.[1]
  • In the BBC Sound Archive on tape TRW 6586.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6586.
  2. "Mathematics Around You" summary page on
  3. "Mathematics Around You" detail page on
  4. 4.0 4.1 Mathematics Around You on the BBC Genome Project.
  5. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6848.