The Living World

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From 8th July 1968 (maybe up to the 15th September)[1], Delia created two potential signature tunes[2] for a weekly Radio 4[3] BBC programme The Living World with programme code TRW 6886[4] produced by Robina Gyle-Thompson[5] of the Natural History Unit, Bristol and created by zoologist John Sparks.[6]

Both signature tunes seem to have been rejected by John Sparks[7][8] who used a jazz theme instead,[3] leaving Delia hoping that her music might be used in the New Year.[3]

Makeup tapes

The producer at the Natural History Unit, Bristol provided a tape of sound effects, a Mr Ball lent a tape of Eastern Nigerian sound effects for it[3] and Delia also used a tape of library material.[9]

The three source tapes are referred to by Delia as "her tape", "Br's tape"[10] and "Real Nature tape from disk".[11]


Her papers include a folder containing her notes for it and some letters about it.



  1. DD081013
  2. DD080940
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 DD081347: Rough of letter from Delia to Mr Ball
  4. 4.0 4.1 DD080922 DD081109
  5. DD081245
  6. DD081013 DD081157 DD081217 DD081245
  7. DD081217
  8. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6886.
  9. DD081417
  10. DD081456
  11. DD081430
  12. BBC Radiophonic Workshop - surviving work