Angela Morley.

Musical Variations: The Life Of Angela Morley

BBC Radio 4 documentary. 1 episode in 2016. Features Stuart Barr and Angela Morley.

Musical Variations: The Life Of Angela Morley

Stuart Barr uncovers the colourful career of British comedy composer and transgender pioneer, Angela Morley

BBC Radio 4
Stuart Barr and Angela Morley
Chris Taylor

In 1972, Wally Stott's transition to Angela Morley made front page news. Wally was famous. He was the composer for the radio series The Goon Show and Hancock's Half Hour, and music director to stars like Frankie Vaughan and Shirley Bassey.

"TV Music Man changes his sex" screamed the headlines. But where would Angela go from here? Stuart talks to her friends and colleagues to discover how she made her mark in the music business - as a woman and as a man.

He also explores the special qualities of the music she wrote and arranged, from the famous Hancock tuba theme to her work alongside John Williams on movie blockbusters such as Star Wars and Superman.

Production Details

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 on BBC Radio 4 at 11:30am
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 27th February 2016 at 3:30pm