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

From 2001 onwards things were not as simple as they were in the old days. There were no more easy weekly schedules with 2 broadcasts a week, as surely everybody was recording them by now instead of watching live off the telly. Instead, the programmes were slotted in wherever they could fit. These pages aim to keep track of all the broadcasts, no matter how complex.

Also from 2002, Look and Read was regularly shown on the new digital CBBC Channel. Listings for this channel are on their own pages of this website.


Contents


Through The Dragon's Eye

Spring 2000

Repeat from Autumn 1989. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:40 BBC2 Thursdays 11:40
1. The Dragon From Pelamar 18-Jan-00 20-Jan-00
2. Flight to Widge 25-Jan-00 27-Jan-00
3. The First Veeton 01-Feb-00 03-Feb-00
4. Word Magic 08-Feb-00 10-Feb-00
5. Clues in the Snow 15-Feb-00 17-Feb-00
half term repeats 22-Feb-00 25-Feb-00
6. Jenny's Scarf 29-Feb-00 02-Mar-00
7. The Waterfall of Words 07-Mar-00 09-Mar-00
8. The Great Battle 14-Mar-00 16-Mar-00
9. Danger on High! 21-Mar-00 23-Mar-00
10. The Final Page 28-Mar-00 30-Mar-00
Captain Crimson

Summer 2000

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:40* BBC2 Thursdays 11:40*
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 02-May-00 04-May-00
2. Guzzle Trouble 09-May-00 11-May-00
3. Banana Drama 16-May-00 18-May-00
4. A Giant Celebration 23-May-00 25-May-00
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 06-Jun-00 08-Jun-00
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 13-Jun-00 15-Jun-00
7. Operation Recovery 20-Jun-00 22-Jun-00
8. Black to the Future 20-Jun-00* 22-Jun-00*
  • * - For both of its airings, Episode 8 was shown at 12:00, immediately following Episode 7.
Spywatch

Autumn 2000

Repeat from Spring 1996. BBC2 weekdays 13:10 BBC2 weekdays 13:10
1. Sent Away 02-Oct-00 27-Nov-00
2. Grainger Danger 03-Oct-00 28-Nov-00
3. Spies All Around 04-Oct-00 29-Nov-00
4. Trouble For Mary 05-Oct-00 30-Nov-00
5. The Poster Comes To Life 06-Oct-00 01-Dec-00
6. Bombs in the Country 16-Oct-00 04-Dec-00
7. Surprise 17-Oct-00 05-Dec-00
8. The Pilot 18-Oct-00 06-Dec-00
9. The Secret Quarry 19-Oct-00 07-Dec-00
10. Captured 20-Oct-00 08-Dec-00
Zzaap and the Word Master

Spring 2001

Premiere. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:30* BBC2 Tuesdays 11:30*
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 16-Jan-01 27-Feb-01
2. The Castle of Gloom 23-Jan-01 06-Mar-01
3. The Glen of the Green Man 30-Jan-01 13-Mar-01
4. No Hope Valley 06-Feb-01 20-Mar-01
5. The Word Master 13-Feb-01 27-Mar-01
6. Zzaap Looks Back 15-Feb-01* 29-Mar-01*
  • * - For both of its airings, Episode 6 was shown on a Thursday at 11:30.
Captain Crimson

Summer 2001

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:30 BBC2 Wednesdays 11:30*
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 24-Apr-01 25-Apr-01
2. Guzzle Trouble 01-May-01 02-May-01
3. Banana Drama 08-May-01 09-May-01
4. A Giant Celebration 15-May-01 16-May-01
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 22-May-01 23-May-01
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 05-Jun-01 06-Jun-01
7. Operation Recovery 12-Jun-01 13-Jun-01
8. Black to the Future 19-Jun-01 20-Jun-01
  • * - There was a third airing of every episode on Thursdays at 11:30
    1: 26-Apr-01, 2: 03-May-01, 3: 10-May-01, 4: 17-May-01, 5: 24-May-01, 6: 07-Jun-01, 7: 14-Jun-01, 8: 21-Jun-01.
The Legend of the Lost Keys

Autumn 2001

Repeat from Spring 1998. BBC2 Thursdays 11:10* no second airings
1. The Box 13-Sep-01 --
2. The First Key 20-Sep-01 --
3. The Watchers 04-Oct-01 --
4. Kidnap 09-Oct-01* --
5. The Crystal Connection 18-Oct-01 --
6. The Trap 08-Nov-01 --
7. The Box is Opened 15-Nov-01 --
8. Into The Box 22-Nov-01 --
9. Betrayed 29-Nov-01 --
10. The Final Hour 06-Dec-01 --
  • * - Episode 4 was originally scheduled to be shown on October 11th, 2001 at 11:10, but was moved to Tuesday October 9th at 13:10 to accommodate International Golf coverage.
Spelling Strategies

Spring 2002

Premiere. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Thursdays 11:10 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 10-Jan-02 --
2. Spell It Out 2 17-Jan-02 --
3. Spell It Out 3 24-Jan-02 --
Zzaap and the Word Master
Repeat from Spring 2001. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Thursdays 11:10* no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 31-Jan-02 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 07-Feb-02 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 28-Feb-02 --
4. No Hope Valley 07-Mar-02 --
5. The Word Master 14-Mar-02 --
6. Zzaap Looks Back 21-Mar-02* --
  • * - Episode 6 was shown at 11:30.
Captain Crimson

Summer 2002

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Thursdays 11:10 no second airings
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 18-Apr-02 --
2. Guzzle Trouble 25-Apr-02 --
3. Banana Drama 02-May-02 --
4. A Giant Celebration 09-May-02 --
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 16-May-02 --
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 23-May-02 --
7. Operation Recovery 06-Jun-02 --
8. Black to the Future 13-Jun-02 --
Spelling with the Spellits

Autumn 2002

Premiere. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:10* no second airings
1. Programme One 10-Sep-02* --
2. Programme Two 17-Sep-02 --
3. Programme Three 24-Sep-02* --
4. Programme Four 01-Oct-02* --
  • * - Programme One was pushed back to 11:20 to accommodate coverage of the TUC Conference;
  • * - Programme Three was brought forward to 10:20 to accommodate coverage of the Parlimentary Iraq Debate;
  • * - Programme Four was pushed back to 13:00 to accommodate coverage of the Labour Party Conference.
  • Programme Two actually went out in its scheduled timeslot.
Spywatch
Repeat from Spring 1996. BBC2 Thursdays 11:10* no second airings
1. Sent Away 12-Sep-02 --
2. Grainger Danger 19-Sep-02 --
3. Spies All Around 03-Oct-02 --
4. Trouble For Mary 08-Oct-02* --
5. The Poster Comes To Life 17-Oct-02* --
6. Bombs in the Country 07-Nov-02 --
7. Surprise 14-Nov-02 --
8. The Pilot 21-Nov-02 --
9. The Secret Quarry 28-Nov-02 --
10. Captured 05-Dec-02 --
  • * - Episode 4 was originally scheduled to be shown on Thursday October 10th, 2002 at 11:10, but was moved to Tuesday October 8th, 2002 at 11:10 to accommodate coverage of the Conservative Party Conference;
  • * - Episode 5 was moved forward to 10:20 to accommodate World Matchplay Golf coverage.
Spelling with the Spellits

Spring 2003

Premiere. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Fridays 11:00 no second airings
5. Programme Five 17-Jan-03 --
6. Programme Six 24-Jan-03 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 31-Jan-03 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 07-Feb-03 --
  • This unit was originally scheduled to be shown on Thursdays at 11:10, January 16th to February 6th 2003.
Spelling Strategies
Repeat from Spring 2002. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Mondays 10:50 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 03-Mar-03 --
2. Spell It Out 2 10-Mar-03 --
3. Spell It Out 3 17-Mar-03 --
  • This story was originally scheduled to be repeated on Fridays at 11:50, January 17th to 31st, 2003. There was also meant to be a repeat of Through The Dragon's Eye on Tuesdays and Fridays, March 4th to April 4th, 2003. This was cancelled altogether.
Zzaap and the Word Master
Repeat from Spring 2001. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Fridays 11:00* no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 07-Mar-03 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 21-Mar-03 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 28-Mar-03 --
4. No Hope Valley 04-Apr-03 --
5. The Word Master 04-Apr-03* --
6. Zzaap Looks Back -- --
  • * - Episode 5 was shown at 11:20, immediately following the broadcast of Episode 4. Episode 6 was not be shown.
  • BBC2 really hates having to show schools programmes! This story was originally scheduled to be repeated on Thursdays at 11:10, March 6th to April 3rd, 2003.

Then the entire schools schedule was rearranged and drastically reduced to accommodate some new political programmes, the new plan being to run this story at 11:00 every Friday, with Episode 6 shoved in at 10:20 on April 4th, 2003 (before the regular broadcast of Episode 5 -- completely ruining the ending for anybody following the story for the first time!).
Then they decided to shove in some extra sports coverage (World Indoor Athletics on March 14th, 2003), losing one of the broadcasts of Zzaap. The sixth episode was therefore dropped, and the schedule rearranged as detailed above.

Captain Crimson

Summer 2003

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Mondays 10:50* no second airings
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 28-Apr-03 --
2. Guzzle Trouble 12-May-03 --
3. Banana Drama 19-May-03 --
4. A Giant Celebration 02-Jun-03 --
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 09-Jun-03 --
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 16-Jun-03 --
7. Operation Recovery 23-Jun-03* --
8. Black to the Future 23-Jun-03* --
  • * - Episode 7 was shown at 10:40 and Episode 8 immediately afterwards, at 11:00, on 23rd June.
  • These episodes were to be shown at 10:50 and 11:10 respectively - the change may have been made to avoid it clashing with Look and Read on the CBBC Channel, which started just before 11:20, or more likely just on the whim of Wimbledon coverage's start time changing, and everything else bending to that.
  • May 5th 2003 was a Bank Holiday so there was no Look and Read then, and the week commencing May 26th was half term, so there weren't any schools programmes all week.
  • This story was originally scheduled to be repeated on Fridays at 11:50, May 2nd to June 27th 2003.
Spelling with the Spellits
Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. WIDESCREEN. BBC2 Fridays 10:40 no second airings
1. Programme One 02-May-03 --
2. Programme Two 09-May-03 --
3. Programme Three 16-May-03 --
4. Programme Four 23-May-03 --
5. Programme Five 06-Jun-03 --
6. Programme Six 13-Jun-03 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 20-Jun-03 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 27-Jun-03 --
  • This unit was originally scheduled to be shown on Thursdays at 11:10, May 1st to June 26th 2003.
Spelling with the Spellits

Autumn 2003

Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. BBC2 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:50 BBC2 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:50
1. Programme One 08-Sep-03 --
2. Programme Two 09-Sep-03 --
3. Programme Three 15-Sep-03 --
4. Programme Four 16-Sep-03 --
5. Programme Five 22-Sep-03 --
6. Programme Six 23-Sep-03 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 29-Sep-03* 03-Nov-03
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 30-Sep-03* 04-Nov-03
  • * - The BBC Primary Timetable for this term (which was, until the launch of the Programme Guide website, the only source for advance schedule information) claimed that the final two episodes will be shown on Monday 3rd October & Tuesday 4th October, and gave VideoPlus codes to match. Obviously this was a mix up with the repeat broadcasts on those same dates in November.


Zzaap and the Word Master

Spring 2004

Repeat from Spring 2001. BBC2 Mondays 10:50 no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 12-Jan-04 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 19-Jan-04 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 26-Jan-04 --
4. No Hope Valley 02-Feb-04 --
5. The Word Master 09-Feb-04 --
6. Zzaap Looks Back -- --
Shadow Play
Premiere. BBC2 Mondays 10:50 no second airings
1. A Light at the Window 01-Mar-04 --
2. The Girl in Blue 08-Mar-04 --
3. A Flicker at the Fairground 15-Mar-04 --
4. Phantoms and Photographs 22-Mar-04 --
5. A Secret Comes to Light 29-Mar-04 --
Spelling Strategies
Repeat from Spring 2002. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:05 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 02-Mar-03 --
2. Spell It Out 2 09-Mar-03 --
3. Spell It Out 3 16-Mar-03 --
Spelling with the Spellits

Summer 2004

Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. BBC2 Mondays & Tuesdays 10:50 no second airings
1. Programme One 26-Apr-04 --
2. Programme Two 27-Apr-04 --
3. Programme Three 10-May-04 --
4. Programme Four 11-May-04 --
5. Programme Five 17-May-04 --
6. Programme Six 18-May-04 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 24-May-04 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 25-May-04 --
Captain Crimson
Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Mondays 11:40* no second airings
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 26-Apr-04 --
2. Guzzle Trouble 04-May-04* --
3. Banana Drama 10-May-04 --
4. A Giant Celebration 17-May-04 --
5. It"ll All Come Out in the Wash 24-May-04 --
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 07-Jun-04 --
7. Operation Recovery 14-Jun-04 --
8. Black to the Future 21-Jun-04* --
  • * - Monday 3rd May was the May Day Bank Holiday, so episode 2 was pushed back to Tuesday 4th May at 10:50.
  • Episode 8 was brought forward to 11:10 to accommodate Wimbledon coverage (some vital repeats of old tennis matches) from 12noon.
  • No schools programmes week of 31st May because of half term.
Zzaap and the Word Master
Repeat from Spring 2001. BBC2 Mondays 10:30* no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 10-May-04 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 17-May-04 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 24-May-04 --
4. No Hope Valley 07-Jun-04 --
5. The Word Master 14-Jun-04 --
6. Zzaap Looks Back 21-Jun-04* --
  • * - Episode 6 was brought forward to 10:00 to accommodate Wimbledon coverage.
  • No schools programmes week of 31st May because of half term.
Spelling with the Spellits

Autumn 2004

Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. BBC2 Mondays from 10:40* no second airings
1. Programme One 13-Sep-04 --
2. Programme Two 13-Sep-04 --
3. Programme Three 20-Sep-04 --
4. Programme Four 20-Sep-04 --
5. Programme Five 27-Sep-04 --
6. Programme Six 27-Sep-04 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 04-Oct-04 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 04-Oct-04 --
  • * - Two episodes back-to-back every Monday, the first at 10:40 then the second at 11:00.
Spelling Strategies

Spring 2005

Repeat from Spring 2002. BBC2 Tuesdays 10:50 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 11-Jan-05 --
2. Spell It Out 2 18-Jan-05 --
3. Spell It Out 3 25-Jan-05 --
Shadow Play
Repeat from Spring 2004. BBC2 Monday from 10:30 no second airings
1. A Light at the Window 21-Feb-05 10:30 --
2. The Girl in Blue 21-Feb-05 10:50 --
3. A Flicker at the Fairground 21-Feb-05 11:10 --
4. Phantoms and Photographs 21-Feb-05 11:30 --
5. A Secret Comes to Light 21-Feb-05 11:50 --
Zzaap and the Word Master
Repeat from Spring 2001. BBC2 Monday from 10:30 no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 28-Feb-05 10:30 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 28-Feb-05 10:50 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 28-Feb-05 11:10 --
4. No Hope Valley 28-Feb-05 11:30 --
5. The Word Master 28-Feb-05 11:50 --
6. Zzaap Looks Back -- --
Spywatch

Summer 2005

Repeat from Spring 1996. BBC2 Monday 10:30 & 10:50 no second airings
1. Sent Away 09-May-05 10:30 --
2. Grainger Danger 09-May-05 10:50 --
3. Spies All Around 16-May-05 10:30 --
4. Trouble For Mary 16-May-05 10:50 --
5. The Poster Comes To Life 23-May-05 10:30 --
6. Bombs in the Country 23-May-05 10:50 --
7. Surprise 06-Jun-05 10:30 --
8. The Pilot 06-Jun-05 10:50 --
9. The Secret Quarry 13-Jun-05 10:30 --
10. Captured 13-Jun-05 10:50 --
Spelling with the Spellits

Autumn 2005

Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. BBC2 Monday 10:30 & 10:50 no second airings
1. Programme One 19-Sep-05 10:30 --
2. Programme Two 19-Sep-05 10:50 --
3. Programme Three 26-Sep-05 10:30 --
4. Programme Four 26-Sep-05 10:50 --
5. Programme Five 03-Oct-05 10:30 --
6. Programme Six 03-Oct-05 10:50 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 10-Oct-05 10:30 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 10-Oct-05 10:50 --
Spelling Strategies
Repeat from Spring 2002. BBC2 Mondays 11:45 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 07-Nov-05 --
2. Spell It Out 2 14-Nov-05 --
3. Spell It Out 3 21-Nov-05 --
Zzaap and the Word Master

Spring 2006

Repeat from Spring 2001. BBC2 Monday mornings no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 30-Jan-06 11:20 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 30-Jan-06 11:40 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 06-Feb-06 10:40 --
4. No Hope Valley 06-Feb-06 11:00 --
5. The Word Master 06-Feb-06 11:20 --
6. Zzaap Looks Back 06-Feb-06 11:40 --
Shadow Play
Repeat from Spring 2004. BBC2 Mondays from 11:00 no second airings
1. A Light at the Window 27-Feb-06 11:00 --
2. The Girl in Blue 27-Feb-06 11:20 --
3. A Flicker at the Fairground 27-Feb-06 11:40 --
4. Phantoms and Photographs 06-Mar-06 11:00 --
5. A Secret Comes to Light 06-Mar-06 11:20 --
The Legend of the Lost Keys
Repeat from Spring 1998. BBC2 Mondays from 11:00 no second airings
1. The Box 06-Mar-06 11:40 --
2. The First Key 13-Mar-06 11:00 --
3. The Watchers 13-Mar-06 11:20 --
4. Kidnap 13-Mar-06 11:40 --
5. The Crystal Connection 20-Mar-06 11:00 --
6. The Trap 20-Mar-06 11:20 --
7. The Box is Opened 20-Mar-06 11:40 --
8. Into the Box 27-Mar-06 11:00 --
9. Betrayed 27-Mar-06 11:20 --
10. The Final Hour 27-Mar-06 11:40 --
  • There was no Look and Read story in Summer 2006
Shadow Play

Autumn 2006

Repeat from Spring 2004. BBC2 Thursdays 10:30 no second airings
1. A Light at the Window 21-Sep-06 --
2. The Girl in Blue 28-Sep-06 --
3. A Flicker at the Fairground 05-Oct-06 --
4. Phantoms and Photographs 12-Oct-06 --
5. A Secret Comes to Light 19-Oct-06 --
Zzaap and the Word Master
Repeat from Spring 2001. BBC2 Mondays 11:00 no second airings
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 06-Nov-06 --
2. The Castle of Gloom 13-Nov-06 --
3. The Glen of the Green Man 20-Nov-06 --
4. No Hope Valley 27-Nov-06 --
5. The Word Master 04-Dec-06 --
6. Zzaap Looks Back 11-Dec-06 --
Spelling Strategies
Repeat from Spring 2002. BBC2 Mondays 10:45 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 27-Nov-06 --
2. Spell It Out 2 04-Dec-06 --
3. Spell It Out 3 11-Dec-06 --
Spywatch

Spring 2007

Repeat from Spring 1996. BBC2 Thursdays 10:30 no second airings
1. Sent Away 11-Jan-07 --
2. Grainger Danger 18-Jan-07 --
3. Spies All Around 25-Jan-07 --
4. Trouble For Mary 01-Feb-07 --
5. The Poster Comes To Life 08-Feb-07 --
6. Bombs in the Country 01-Mar-07 --
7. Surprise 08-Mar-07 --
8. The Pilot 15-Mar-07 --
9. The Secret Quarry 22-Mar-07 --
10. Captured 29-Mar-07 --
Spelling with the Spellits
Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. BBC2 Thursdays from 11:00 no second airings
1. Programme One 11-Jan-07 11:00 --
2. Programme Two 11-Jan-07 11:20 --
3. Programme Three 18-Jan-07 11:00 --
4. Programme Four 18-Jan-07 11:20 --
5. Programme Five 25-Jan-07 11:00 --
6. Programme Six 25-Jan-07 11:20 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 01-Feb-07 11:00 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 01-Feb-07 11:20 --
Captain Crimson

Summer 2007

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Thursdays 10:30 BBC2 Friday 11:20*
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 26-Apr-07 --
2. Guzzle Trouble 03-May-07 22-Jun-07
3. Banana Drama 10-May-07 --
4. A Giant Celebration 17-May-07 --
5. It"ll All Come Out in the Wash 24-May-07 --
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 07-Jun-07 --
7. Operation Recovery 14-Jun-07 --
8. Black to the Future 21-Jun-07 --
  • * - One episode was repeated to fill in a spare slot at the end of term.
The Legend of the Lost Keys

Autumn 2007

Repeat from Spring 1998. BBC2 Fridays 10:30 no second airings
1. The Box 14-Sep-07 --
2. The First Key 21-Sep-07 --
3. The Watchers 28-Sep-07 --
4. Kidnap 05-Oct-07 --
5. The Crystal Connection 12-Oct-07 --
6. The Trap 19-Oct-07 --
7. The Box is Opened 09-Nov-07 --
8. Into the Box 16-Nov-07 --
9. Betrayed 23-Nov-07 --
10. The Final Hour 30-Nov-07 --
Spelling with the Spellits
Repeat from Autumn 2002 & Spring 2003. BBC2 Thursdays 11:10 no second airings
1. Programme One 11-Oct-07 --
2. Programme Two 18-Oct-07 --
3. Programme Three 08-Nov-07 --
4. Programme Four 15-Nov-07 --
5. Programme Five 22-Nov-07 --
6. Programme Six 29-Nov-07 --
7. Programme Seven (Revision) 06-Dec-07 --
8. Programme Eight (Revision) 13-Dec-07 --


Zzaap and the Word Master

Summer 2008

Repeat from Spring 2001. BBC2 Mondays 10:50
1. Into The Crystal Caverns 07-Apr-08
2. The Castle of Gloom 14-Apr-08
3. The Glen of the Green Man 21-Apr-08
4. No Hope Valley 28-Apr-08
5. The Word Master 12-May-08
6. Zzaap Looks Back 19-May-08

There was also scheduled to be a repeat of Spelling Strategies, on Mondays at 10:50 from 02-Jun-08 to 16-Jun-08.

However during May 2008, in the middle of the summer term, there was a significant change to the schools TV schedules on BBC2. The slots at 1pm on Mondays and Tuesdays which had previously been used for schools programmes were suddenly given over to the drama serial Out of the Blue, and so there was suddenly 1 hour less schedule time for schools (a reduction of about 16% of broadcast hours). The programmes that would have been shown in the afternoons were therefore rescheduled, and the slots where Look and Read would have been shown were used for Primary Geography: Water programmes instead.

From what I understand, this was not necessarily a case of BBC2 chucking out the schools programmes in favour of a soap, the decision was made for different reasons (which should be reported here if I find them out!).


Shadow Play

Autumn 2008

Repeat from Spring 2004. BBC2 Mondays 11:20 no second airings
1. A Light at the Window 03-Nov-08 --
2. The Girl in Blue 10-Nov-08 --
3. A Flicker at the Fairground 17-Nov-08 --
4. Phantoms and Photographs 24-Nov-08 --
5. A Secret Comes to Light 01-Dec-08 --
  • Not Northern Ireland. Hurley Burley TV was shown instead.


Spelling Strategies

Spring 2009

Repeat from Spring 2002. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:45 no second airings
1. Spell It Out 1 20-Jan-09 --
2. Spell It Out 2 27-Jan-09 --
3. Spell It Out 3 03-Feb-09 --


Captain Crimson

Summer 2009

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Fridays 11:40* no second airings
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 24-Apr-09 --
2. Guzzle Trouble 01-May-09 --
3. Banana Drama 08-May-09 --
4. A Giant Celebration 15-May-09 --
5. It'll All Come Out in the Wash 22-May-09 --
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 11-Jun-09 11:10* --
7. Operation Recovery 12-Jun-09 --
8. Black to the Future 19-Jun-09 --
  • Not Northern Ireland - The Culture Club and Blast on the Box were shown instead.
  • * - Episode 6 was due to be shown in its regular slot at 11:40 on Friday 5th June. However at the last minute BBC2 put on an extended edition of The Daily Politics from 11:30, replacing Science Clips Investigates and Look and Read. The episode was rescheduled to the following Thursday morning at 11:10, replacing Telling Tales and Primary Geography. BBC Two - typically disdainful of schools programmes - failed to make any on-air announcements to tell people when they could see the missed episode.


Shadow Play

Autumn 2009

Repeat from Spring 2004. BBC2 Tuesdays 11:40* no second airings
1. A Light at the Window 10-Nov-09 --
2. The Girl in Blue 17-Nov-09 --
3. A Flicker at the Fairground 24-Nov-09 --
4. Phantoms and Photographs 01-Dec-09 11:20 --
5. A Secret Comes to Light 01-Dec-09 --
  • * - Episode 4 was shown at 11:20, immediately before episode 5.


Captain Crimson

Spring 2010

Repeat from Summer 1997. BBC2 Fridays 11:40 no second airings
1. Escape From The Black of Beyond 22-Jan-10 --
2. Guzzle Trouble 29-Jan-10 --
3. Banana Drama 05-Feb-10 --
4. A Giant Celebration 12-Feb-10 --
5. It"ll All Come Out in the Wash 05-Mar-10 --
6. Take The Bull By The Horns 12-Mar-10 --
7. Operation Recovery 19-Mar-10 --
8. Black to the Future 26-Mar-10 --
  • The final episode of Captain Crimson on 26th March 2010 was the final schools programme shown during the daytime by the BBC. From summer 2010 onwards all schools programmes were confined to the very early hours of the morning.