The Light Programme: The Music Between The Programmes

Today it’s time for our month­ly pro­gramme of Light Music, and we’re fea­tur­ing music from British tele­vi­sion — but not sole­ly (or even pri­mar­i­ly) TV themes (though there are some). Instead we’re fea­tur­ing music from between the pro­grammes — or when there weren’t any pro­grammes at all.

In the days before 24-hour tele­vi­sion, the odd few decades ago, wide swathes of time went by, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing the day, with no pro­gram­ming at all. Dur­ing these peri­ods, test mate­r­i­al was broad­cast for the ben­e­fit of indus­try and retail engi­neers, some­times includ­ing “Trade Test Films”, but main­ly instru­men­tal music accom­pa­nied by the Test Card (an exam­ple is shown above).

The music came pri­mar­i­ly from the record­ed music libraries, like KPM, Chap­pell, De Wolfe and quite a few oth­ers. They rep­re­sent what we gen­er­al­ly today call “Lounge Music” — includ­ing a good mix of Big Band and occa­sion­al­ly instru­men­tal cov­ers of well-known songs.

Today we take you back to the days of the Test Card, when we as kids sat glued to the sta­t­ic images and the mar­vel­lous, mem­o­rable music — the music from between the pro­grammes.

Today’s pieces have come from a vari­ety of sources, many from vinyl and orig­i­nal mas­ter tapes, and as a result you may find their meta­da­ta lack­ing from time to time, espe­cial­ly as far as the Album source is con­cerned.

ZBS Radio Hour

Then at 11am and 7pm Pacif­ic Time / 19:00 and 03:00 GMT, join us for the final episodes of our two cur­rent adven­tures in the ZBS Radio Hour. We begin with the Fan­tas­tic Voy­ages of Jack Flan­ders adven­ture: Ghost Islands. And then, at half past, we con­clude our adven­ture based on the Dino­topia books by James Gur­ney: Dino­topia — The World Beneath. Tune in!

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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