Music Factory, The

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|BBC institution Music While You Work was created to give wartime productivity a boost.|BBC institution Music While You Work was created to give wartime productivity a boost. Russell Davies taps his foot to a national audio treasure. From September 2002.|It was a wartime aid to keep Britain's industrial wheels spinning merrily, and it became a national treasure.|Bandleaders and orchestral conductors of the highest calibre led the daily live ritual of wall-to-wall dance music, and from the 1940s to the late '60s its famous theme tune, Calling All Workers, by Eric Coates, was as familiar as Big Ben.|It was called Music While You Work.|Yet the BBC had archived not one edition of this long-running classic, until a unique private collection of hundreds of hours of tapes turned up last year.|Russell Davies investigates the phenomenon that was known to fans simply as MWYW.