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This extremely boring page lists all of the individual broadcast dates for the Look and Read stories on the BBC.

Each Look and Read episode was generally shown twice each week. In the days before video recorders, this gave two chances for the broadcast to fall during a convenient time on the school timetable. It also meant that classes could watch each episode twice, to pick up things they might have missed the first time, if teachers so chose.

These lists only give regular broadcasts to schools during the school term, and do not currently include the whole episodes or extracts which were shown as previews for teachers in Out of School programmes during the holidays.


Contents


The Boy From Space (1980)

Spring 1980

Premiere, based on the unit from Autumn 1971. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:16 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. The Meteorite 15-Jan-80 18-Jan-80
2. The Spinning Compass 22-Jan-80 25-Jan-80
3. The Man in the Sand-pit 29-Jan-80 01-Feb-80
4. In danger! 05-Feb-80 08-Feb-80
5. The Hold-up 12-Feb-80 15-Feb-80
half term repeats 19-Feb-80 22-Feb-80
6. Where is Tom? 26-Feb-80 29-Feb-80
7. The Hunt For The Car 04-Mar-80 07-Mar-80
8. The Lake 11-Mar-80 14-Mar-80*
9. Captured! 18-Mar-80 21-Mar-80
10. In The Spaceship 25-Mar-80 28-Mar-80
  • * - For some reason, the Look and Read entry for 14th March 1980 in the BBC Main Index for that year is flagged as "(unscheduled)". It was certainly scheduled in the Radio Times.
Sky Hunter

Autumn 1980

Repeat from Autumn 1978. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:16 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. Strangers on the Canal 23-Sep-80 26-Sep-80
2. For Sale 30-Sep-80 03-Oct-80
3. The Birdman 07-Oct-80 10-Oct-80
4. Are They Crooks? 14-Oct-80 17-Oct-80
5. The Welsh Telegram 21-Oct-80 24-Oct-80
half term repeats 28-Oct-80 31-Oct-80
6. Proof at Last! 04-Nov-80 07-Nov-80
7. A Friend in Need 11-Nov-80 14-Nov-80
8. Where's Jackie? 18-Nov-80 21-Nov-80
9. Who Can Be Trusted? 25-Nov-80 28-Nov-80
10. Back To The Wild 02-Dec-80 05-Dec-80
The King's Dragon

Spring 1981

Repeat from Spring 1977. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:16 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. Boy Finds Message 20-Jan-81 23-Jan-81
2. Questions at the Castle 27-Jan-81 30-Jan-81
3. What is King's Dragon? 03-Feb-81 06-Feb-81
4. Miss Wood in Danger 10-Feb-81 13-Feb-81
5. Mr Day Helps With Story 17-Feb-81 20-Feb-81
half term repeats 24-Feb-81 27-Feb-81
6. Greed For Gold! 03-Mar-81 06-Mar-81
7. Editor Asks For Proof! 10-Mar-81 13-Mar-81
8. Run Around in Old Town 17-Mar-81 20-Mar-81
9. Archaeologist Digs Again 24-Mar-81 27-Mar-81
10. Banner Headlines! 31-Mar-81 03-Apr-81
Dark Towers

Autumn 1981

Premiere. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. Dark Towers in Danger! 22-Sep-81 25-Sep-81
2. The Man in the Picture 29-Sep-81 02-Oct-81
3. The Old Legend 06-Oct-81 09-Oct-81
4. The Clue in the Book 13-Oct-81 16-Oct-81
5. The Old Coach House 20-Oct-81 23-Oct-81
half term repeats 27-Oct-81 30-Oct-81
6. The Tall Knight's Folly 03-Nov-81 06-Nov-81
7. The Dark Tree 10-Nov-81 13-Nov-81
8. Beware of the Bird! 17-Nov-81 20-Nov-81
9. Who Can Help? 24-Nov-81 27-Nov-81
10. The Last Laugh 01-Dec-81 04-Dec-81
The Boy From Space (1980)

Spring 1982

Repeat from Spring 1980, based on the unit from Autumn 1971. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. The Meteorite 12-Jan-82 15-Jan-82
2. The Spinning Compass 19-Jan-82 22-Jan-82
3. The Man in the Sand-pit 26-Jan-82 29-Jan-82
4. !regnad nI 02-Feb-82 05-Feb-82
5. The Hold-up 09-Feb-82 12-Feb-82
6. Where is Tom? 16-Feb-82 19-Feb-82
half term repeats 23-Feb-82 26-Feb-82
7. The Hunt For The Car 02-Mar-82 05-Mar-82
8. The Lake 09-Mar-82 12-Mar-82
9. Captured! 16-Mar-82 19-Mar-82
10. In The Spaceship 23-Mar-82 26-Mar-82
Sky Hunter

Autumn 1982

Repeat from Autumn 1978. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. Strangers on the Canal 21-Sep-82 24-Sep-82
2. For Sale 28-Sep-82 01-Oct-82
3. The Birdman 05-Oct-82 08-Oct-82
4. Are They Crooks? 12-Oct-82 15-Oct-82
5. The Welsh Telegram 19-Oct-82 22-Oct-82
half term repeats 26-Oct-82 29-Oct-82
6. Proof at Last! 02-Nov-82 05-Nov-82
7. A Friend in Need 09-Nov-82 12-Nov-82
8. Where's Jackie? 16-Nov-82 19-Nov-82
9. Who Can Be Trusted? 23-Nov-82 26-Nov-82
10. Back To The Wild 30-Nov-82 03-Dec-82
Fair Ground!

Spring 1983

Premiere. BBC1 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC1 Fridays 09:52
1. Trouble in the Tea-Leaves 11-Jan-83 14-Jan-83
2. Comings and Goings 18-Jan-83 21-Jan-83
3. Hired Hands 25-Jan-83 28-Jan-83
4. In The Dark 01-Feb-83 04-Feb-83
5. Come to the Fair! 08-Feb-83 11-Feb-83
6. Where is Rachel? 15-Feb-83 18-Feb-83
half term repeats 22-Feb-83 25-Feb-83
7. Ozzie Thinks Again 01-Mar-83 04-Mar-83
8. A Piece of Cake! 08-Mar-83 11-Mar-83
9. Talk or Ride... 15-Mar-83 18-Mar-83
10. Mixed Fortunes 22-Mar-83 25-Mar-83
Dark Towers

Autumn 1983

Repeat from Autumn 1981. BBC2* Tuesdays 10:10 BBC2* Fridays 09:52
1. Dark Towers in Danger! 20-Sep-83 23-Sep-83
2. The Man in the Picture 27-Sep-83 30-Sep-83
3. The Old Legend 04-Oct-83 07-Oct-83
4. The Clue in the Book Room 11-Oct-83 15-Oct-83
5. The Old Coach House 18-Oct-83 21-Oct-83
half term repeats 25-Oct-83 28-Oct-83
6. The Tall Knight's Folly 01-Nov-83 04-Nov-83
7. The Dark Tree 08-Nov-83 11-Nov-83
8. Beware of the Bird! 15-Nov-83 18-Nov-83
9. Who Can Help? 22-Nov-83 25-Nov-83
10. The Last Laugh 29-Nov-83 02-Dec-83
  • * - In Autumn 1983 For Schools and Colleges became Daytime on Two as schools programmes made way for a full general interest daytime schedule (including breakfast TV) on BBC1.
The Boy From Space (1980)

Spring 1984

Repeat from Spring 1980, based on the unit from Autumn 1971. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. The Meteorite 17-Jan-84 20-Jan-84
2. The Spinning Compass 24-Jan-84 27-Jan-84
3. The Man in the Sand-pit 31-Jan-84 03-Feb-84
4. In danger! 07-Feb-84 10-Feb-84
5. The Hold-up 14-Feb-84 17-Feb-84
half term repeats 21-Feb-84 24-Feb-84
6. Where is Tom? 28-Feb-84 02-Mar-84
7. The Hunt For The Car 06-Mar-84 09-Mar-84
8. The Lake 13-Mar-84 16-Mar-84
9. Captured! 20-Mar-84 23-Mar-84
10. In The Spaceship 27-Mar-84 30-Mar-84
Badger Girl

Autumn 1984

Premiere. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Sounds in the Night 18-Sep-84 21-Sep-84
2. Stripey the Badger 25-Sep-84 28-Sep-84
3. Running Away 02-Oct-84 05-Oct-84
4. The Badgerman 09-Oct-84 12-Oct-84
5. Lost on the Moor 16-Oct-84 19-Oct-84
half term repeats 23-Oct-84 26-Oct-84
6. The Secret Passage 30-Oct-84 02-Nov-84
7. Mick's Map 06-Nov-84 09-Nov-84
8. Finding the Ponies 13-Nov-84 16-Nov-84
9. Panic on the Lake 20-Nov-84 23-Nov-84
10. Stripey the Superbadger 27-Nov-84 30-Nov-84
Fair Ground!

Spring 1985

Repeat from Spring 1983. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:10 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Trouble in the Tea-Leaves 15-Jan-85 18-Jan-85
2. Comings and Goings 22-Jan-85 25-Jan-85
3. Hired Hands 29-Jan-85 01-Feb-85
4. In The Dark 05-Feb-85 08-Feb-85
5. Come to the Fair! 12-Feb-85 15-Feb-85
half term repeats 19-Feb-85 26-Feb-85
6. Where is Rachel? 26-Feb-85 01-Mar-85
7. Ozzie Thinks Again 05-Mar-85 08-Mar-85
8. A Piece of Cake! 12-Mar-85 15-Mar-85
9. Talk or Ride... 19-Mar-85 22-Mar-85
10. Mixed Fortunes 26-Mar-85 29-Mar-85
Dark Towers

Autumn 1985

Repeat from Autumn 1981. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Dark Towers in Danger! 24-Sep-85 27-Sep-85
2. The Man in the Picture 01-Oct-85 04-Oct-85
3. The Old Legend 08-Oct-85 11-Oct-85
4. The Clue in the Book Room 15-Oct-85 18-Oct-85
5. The Old Coach House 22-Oct-85 25-Oct-85
half term repeats 29-Oct-85 01-Nov-85
6. The Tall Knight's Folly 05-Nov-85 08-Nov-85
7. The Dark Tree 12-Nov-85 15-Nov-85
8. Beware of the Bird! 19-Nov-85 22-Nov-85
9. Who Can Help? 26-Nov-85 29-Nov-85
10. The Last Laugh 03-Dec-85 06-Dec-85
The Boy From Space (1980)

Spring 1986

Repeat from Spring 1980, based on the unit from Autumn 1971. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. The Meteorite 07-Jan-86 10-Jan-86
2. The Spinning Compass 14-Jan-86 17-Jan-86
3. The Man in the Sand-pit 21-Jan-86 24-Jan-86
4. In danger! 28-Jan-86 31-Jan-86
5. The Hold-up 04-Feb-86 07-Feb-86
6. Where is Tom? 11-Feb-86 14-Feb-86
half term repeats 18-Feb-86 21-Feb-86
7. The Hunt For The Car 25-Feb-86 28-Feb-86
8. The Lake 04-Mar-86 07-Mar-86
9. Captured! 11-Mar-86 14-Mar-86
10. In The Spaceship 18-Mar-86 21-Mar-86
Badger Girl

Autumn 1986

Repeat from Autumn 1984. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Sounds in the Night 23-Sep-86 26-Sep-86
2. Stripey the Badger 30-Sep-86 03-Oct-86
3. Running Away 07-Oct-86 10-Oct-86
4. The Badgerman 14-Oct-86 17-Oct-86
5. Lost on the Moor 21-Oct-86 24-Oct-86
half term repeats 28-Oct-86 31-Oct-86
6. The Secret Passage 04-Nov-86 07-Nov-86
7. Mick's Map 11-Nov-86 14-Nov-86
8. Finding the Ponies 18-Nov-86 21-Nov-86
9. Panic on the Lake 25-Nov-86 28-Nov-86
10. Stripey the Superbadger 02-Dec-86 05-Dec-86
Fair Ground!

Spring 1987

Repeat from Spring 1983. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Trouble in the Tea-Leaves 20-Jan-87 23-Jan-87
2. Comings and Goings 27-Jan-87 30-Jan-87
3. Hired Hands 03-Feb-87 06-Feb-87
4. In The Dark 10-Feb-87 13-Feb-87
5. Come to the Fair! 17-Feb-87 20-Feb-87
half term repeats 24-Feb-87 27-Feb-87
6. Where is Rachel? 03-Mar-87 06-Mar-87
7. Ozzie Thinks Again 10-Mar-87 13-Mar-87
8. A Piece of Cake! 17-Mar-87 20-Mar-87
9. Talk or Ride... 24-Mar-87 27-Mar-87
10. Mixed Fortunes 31-Mar-87 03-Apr-87
Dark Towers

Autumn 1987

Repeat from Autumn 1981. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Dark Towers in Danger! 22-Sep-87 25-Sep-87
2. The Man in the Picture 29-Sep-87 02-Oct-87
3. The Old Legend 06-Oct-87 09-Oct-87
4. The Clue in the Book Room 13-Oct-87 16-Oct-87
5. The Old Coach House 20-Oct-87 23-Oct-87
half term repeats 27-Oct-87 30-Oct-87
6. The Tall Knight's Folly 03-Nov-87 06-Nov-87
7. The Dark Tree 10-Nov-87 13-Nov-87
8. Beware of the Bird! 17-Nov-87 20-Nov-87
9. Who Can Help? 24-Nov-87 27-Nov-87
10. The Last Laugh 01-Dec-87 04-Dec-87
Geordie Racer

Spring 1988

Premiere. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 09:52
1. Runners and Fliers 12-Jan-88 15-Jan-88
2. Down in the Cellars 19-Jan-88 22-Jan-88
3. Pigeon Post 26-Jan-88 29-Jan-88
4. 'This is Radio Newcastle' 02-Feb-88 05-Feb-88
5. Race Day 09-Feb-88 12-Feb-88
6. Light of St Mary 16-Feb-88 19-Feb-88
half term repeats 23-Feb-88 26-Feb-88
7. Lost Bird 01-Mar-88 04-Mar-88
8. 'Have You Gone Daft, Man?' 08-Mar-88 11-Mar-88
9. 'If Only We Knew When...' 15-Mar-88 18-Mar-88
10. Run! 22-Mar-88 25-Mar-88
Badger Girl

Autumn 1988

Repeat from Autumn 1984. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 10:05
1. Sounds in the Night 20-Sep-88 23-Sep-88
2. Stripey the Badger 27-Sep-88 30-Sep-88
3. Running Away 04-Oct-88 07-Oct-88
4. The Badgerman 11-Oct-88 14-Oct-88
5. Lost on the Moor 18-Oct-88 21-Oct-88
half term repeats 25-Oct-88 28-Oct-88
6. The Secret Passage 01-Nov-88 04-Nov-88
7. Mick's Map 08-Nov-88 11-Nov-88
8. Finding the Ponies 15-Nov-88 18-Nov-88
9. Panic on the Lake 22-Nov-88 25-Nov-88
10. Stripey the Superbadger 29-Nov-88 02-Dec-88
Fair Ground!

Spring 1989

Repeat from Spring 1983. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 10:05
1. Trouble in the Tea-Leaves 10-Jan-89 13-Jan-89
2. Comings and Goings 17-Jan-89 20-Jan-89
3. Hired Hands 24-Jan-89 27-Jan-89
4. In The Dark 31-Jan-89 03-Feb-89
5. Come to the Fair! 07-Feb-89 10-Feb-89
6. Where is Rachel? 14-Feb-89 17-Feb-89
7. Ozzie Thinks Again 21-Feb-89 24-Feb-89
8. A Piece of Cake! 28-Feb-89 03-Mar-89
9. Talk or Ride... 07-Mar-89 10-Mar-89
10. Mixed Fortunes 14-Mar-89 17-Mar-89
Through The Dragon's Eye

Autumn 1989

Premiere. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:15 BBC2 Fridays 10:05
1. The Dragon From Pelamar 19-Sep-89 22-Sep-89
2. Flight to Widge 26-Sep-89 29-Sep-89
3. The First Veeton 03-Oct-89 06-Oct-89
4. Word Magic 10-Oct-89 13-Oct-89
5. Clues in the Snow 17-Oct-89 20-Oct-89
half term repeats 24-Oct-89 27-Oct-89
6. Jenny's Scarf 31-Oct-89 03-Nov-89
7. The Waterfall of Words 07-Nov-89 10-Nov-89
8. The Great Battle 14-Nov-89 17-Nov-89
9. Danger on High! 21-Nov-89 24-Nov-89
10. The Final Page 28-Nov-89 01-Dec-89