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Autumn 1998

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The Number Crew
(Channel 4, Tuesdays 10:00am & Thursdays 11:00am)
Stop Look Listen
(Channel 4, Tuesdays & Fridays 9:45am)
Time to Move
(Radio 3, Wednesdays 3:15am)
Something to Think About
(Radio 3, Tuesdays 3:15am)
Words and Pictures
(BBC2, Mondays 10:30am & Wednesdays 9:45am)
BBC primary timetable
BBC Learning Zone programme guide
Channel 4 Schools timetable

BBC Radio

BBC Radio 3 FM

Overnight broadcasts.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
03:00 3:00 Music Box 3:00 Playtime 3:00 Time and TuneSea Thunder 3:00 Alphabet Time
3:10 Music WorkshopNot Aloud
03:15 3:15 Something to Think AboutPeople Who Help Us / Animals 3:15 Time to Move
3:20 Together Listen! / Survivors
03:30 3:30 The Song TreeStarcatcher 3:30 Let's Move!
3:35 Let's Make a Story
3:40 Dance Workshop
03:45 3:45 Stories and Rhymes
3:50 Drama Workshop 3:30 Words Alive!
04:00 4:00 Primary GeographyCastries, St Lucia 4:00 EAL Dance: Let's Move 4:00 EAL Dance: Dance Workshop
4:05 First Steps in Drama
4:10 In the News
04:15 4:15 Music for Dance
4:20 Scottish Resources 10-12Scotland at War / The Chain Letter Diaries 4:20 Listen and Write
04:30 4:30 Hopscotch 4:30 Hop, Skip and Jump
4:40 Talking PointsCommunication / Ethics I 4:40 Higher Still: Modern Studies
04:45 4:45 Scottish Resources 7-9 4:45 Eadar Eisdéachd
05:00

All radio programmes for schools in Scotland - including the Gaelic language Eadar Eisdéachd - were broadcast in the general school radio service on Radio 3 FM.

BBC Radio Ulster MW

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
11:00
11:05 One Potato, Two Potato
11:15
11:20 Today and Yesterday
11:30
11:40 Hurley Burley
11:45
12:00


BBC Radio Cymru FM

Several Welsh series were broadcast at 01:30-02:00, in the early hours of Tuesday-Friday mornings, scheduled on a daily basis throughout each week. Programmes for primary children included Snap Dragon (from 22nd September), Bowns! (from 13th October) and Ding Dong! (from 24th November).


BBC Television

BBC2

Daytime schedule for BBC2 in England and Wales.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00 9:00 Job Bank 9:00 France 2000 9:00 Space Ark 9:00 Job Bank 9:00 Storytime
9:10 Short Circuit 9:10 Voces Españolas 9:10 Working It Out... Sorted! 9:10 What? Where? When? Why?Early People / Caring and Sharing / Water 9:10 Belief FileChristianity in Britain / Islam 9:10 See You, See MeCastles / Networks
09:15
9:25 Techno 9:25 FocusSubstance Misuse
09:30 9:30 Writing and Pictures 9:30 Clémentine 9:30 Watch (rpt) 9:30 WatchThe Song Catcher (rpt)
09:45 9:45 Storytime 9:45 NumbertimeNumbers 1-10 (revised) 9:45 Words and PicturesSophie Aldred (rpt) 9:45 Come Outside 9:45 Come Outside (rpt)
10:00
10:30 10:30 Words and PicturesSophie Aldred 10:30 Watch 10:30 NumbertimeNumbers 1-10 (revised) (rpt) 10:30 Storytime (rpt) 10:30 MegamathsTables (rpt)
10:45 10:45 Cats' Eyes 10:45 Science Zone 10:45 Cats' Eyes 10:45 The Experimenter
10:50 Look and ReadEarth Warp (rpt)
11:00 11:00 Look and ReadEarth Warp 11:00 Around ScotlandWorld War II / Designing It
11:05 Space Ark 11:05 Space Ark (rpt)
11:10 LandmarksTime Lines / Ancient Egypt (rpt)
11:15 11:15 MegamathsTables 11:15 Zig ZagTudor Life / Invaders (rpt)
11:20 Zig ZagTudor Life / Invaders 11:20 The Geography Programme
11:30 11:30 English FilePoetry Back Pack / The Birth of Horror
11:35 WatchThe Song Catcher 11:35 Turning Points 11:35 Lifeschool
11:40 LandmarksTime Lines / Ancient Egypt 11:40 Science in Action
11:45
11:50 History File
12:00 12:00 Teaching Today 12:00 Job Bank 12:00 Testament: The Bible in Animation
12:05 History File
12:10 Belief FileIssues 12:10 Higher Still: Intermediate 12:10 English FileShakespeare Shorts
12:15
12:30

BBC2 Northern Ireland

MONDAY

as England.

TUESDAY

as England.

WEDNESDAY

as England except:

11:00-11:20 Primary Focus: Geography (fortnightly)

12:00-12:30 Study Ireland: English

THURSDAY

as England except:

11:15-11:35 Primary Focus: Geography (rpt) (fortnightly)

FRIDAY

as England.

BBC2 Scotland

DILUAIN

as England except:

11:40-12:00 Around Scotland

DIMÀIRT

as England except:

10:30-10:45 What? Where? When? Why?

11:05-11:15 Baile Mhuilinn (Mill Town)

DICAIDAIN

as England (Around Scotland and What? Where? When? Why? are repeats).

DIARDAOIN

as England except:

11:15-11:35 See You, See Me

DIHAOINE

as England except:

9:45-10:00 Aig Nàdar tha Fios (Nature Knows Best)

12:00-12:30 Am Bioball (The Bible)

(See You, See Me is a repeat)

Notes

All variations listed here are for primary school programmes. There may have been some variations in secondary school programmes which are not listed here - if you know the schedule please get in touch by email or on the forum.


Learning Zone

This grid shows programming strands rather than individual series, and it is not to the same scale as the others on this page (although none of the grids are strictly to scale). Its granularity is 15 minutes rather than 5 minutes.

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
0:30 Open University Goes GeneralGlobal Stories 0:30 Open University Goes GeneralOpen Science 0:30 Open University Goes GeneralArts-Late 0:30 Open University Goes GeneralThe Leisure Site
01:00
02:00 2:00 Further Education 2:00 Schools 2:00 Schools 2:00 Schools 2:00 Further Education
03:00
04:00 4:00 Languages 4:00 Languages 4:00 Languages 4:00 Languages 4:00 Schoolsfilm and media
05:00 5:00 Business and Training 5:00 Business and Training 5:00 Business and Training 5:00 Business and Training 5:00 Schoolsfor teachers
5:45 Open University 5:45 Open University 5:45 Open University 5:45 Open University 5:45 Open University
06:00
07:00

Learning Zone Notes

Programmes broadcast overnight on BBC2 in the early hours of the morning Mondays to Fridays, and occasionally Saturdays and Sundays too. These programmes are all educational but not all of them are for schools, in fact at most 2 hours a night were aimed specifically at schools or colleges.

The Learning Zone ran throughout the year, but the programmes for schools were shown from Tuesday 22nd September to Thursday 3rd December 1998. The schools programmes on film and the media shown on Friday mornings continued until Friday 18th December, and the teachers' programmes also shown on Friday mornings continued throughout the whole year.

The new series Learn with DynaMo began this term - home learning programmes for primary school age children (so not strictly-speaking schools programmes at all). They are not listed in the grids above because they were broadcast on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 03:00-05:00 from 3rd October, designed to be recorded overnight. There was also a 10-minute DynaMo introductory programme for parents and teachers shown on BBC2 at 9:00 every morning in the week beginning 9th November.

GCSE Bitesize Revision programmes were shown on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 28th November, all were repeats.

Outside of schools programmes, there was a new series called Talk Spanish for adult beginners in the language, from 29th September, plus a new cultural series on Spain shown in English as Spain Inside Out from 28th September and in Spanish as Spanish Journey from 8th December.


Independent Television

Channel 4

Broadcasts to England, Northern Ireland & Scotland

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
09:00 9:00 The English ProgrammePasswords / Behind the Scenes at the RSC etc 9:00 Science in Focus 9:00 Science for Today 9:00 Book Box 9:00 History in ActionFilm Century 9:00 Off Limits
09:15
9:20 Book BoxPoetry 9:20 Geographical EyeDisasters / River Floods / Over Britain 2
9:25 Schools at Work 9:25 Schools at Work (rpt)
09:30 9:30 Geography Junction 9:30 Eureka! 9:30 Rat-a-Tat-TatPink Unit (series 4) (rpt) 9:30 Eureka! (rpt)
9:40 Living Proof 9:40 Off the Walls
09:45 9:45 Book BoxThe Odyssey etc 9:45 Stop Look ListenFamous People / Music, Magic and Mystery 9:45 Book BoxThe Odyssey etc 9:45 Stop Look ListenFamous People / Music, Magic and Mystery (rpt)
10:00 10:00 Stage Two Science 10:00 The Number CrewNumbers & the Number System 1 10:00 Stage Two Science (rpt) 10:00 Middle English 10:00 The Complete Cosmos
10:10 TVMNumber Part 1 / Number Part 2 10:10 TVMNumber Part 1 / Number Part 2 (rpt)
10:15 10:15 Off LimitsLove Talk / Tell Me About It! 10:15 All About UsWhat Should I Do? etc 10:15 Schools at Work 10:15 Raw Talent
10:20 Fourways FarmSeries 1
10:25 How We Used To LiveBritons at War / The Spanish Armada 10:25 CaraideanSeries 2
10:30 10:30 Place and People 10:30 Top! En Français 10:30 Scientific EyePhysical Processes 1 / Materials and Their Properties 1
10:40 Top! En Español
10:45 10:45 QuestAnimated World Faiths
10:50 Stop Look ListenThe Sensations / The Arts Cart 10:50 Stop Look ListenThe Sensations / The Arts Cart (rpt) 10:50 Book BoxPoetry (rpt)
11:00 11:00 Rat-a-Tat-TatPink Unit (series 4) 11:00 First Edition 11:00 First Edition (rpt) 11:00 The Number CrewNumbers & the Number System 1 (rpt) 11:00 The Technology ProgrammeReal Life Design / Design and Make It!
11:10 Top! Auf Deutsch
11:15 11:15 The MixArt Store 2 / Let's Dance! etc 11:15 Stage OneThe Four Seasons / Natural Inventions 11:15 Backtracks 11:15 Inside Art 11:15 Stage OneThe Four Seasons / Natiral Inventions (rpt)
11:30

Notes

There were also "Nightime Transmission" broadcasts of schools programmes in 2-hour blocks on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings throughout term-time. In general all new series were given a Nightime Transmission of all episodes shortly before the regular weekly transmissions of the series during the daytime had finished.

In Wales programmes were broadcast on S4C television, but I don't know details of any regional variations - if you do please get in touch by email or on the forum!

Sources & References

  • BBC (1998a) BBC Learning Zone Autumn Programme Guide 21 September - 18 December 1998 (and covering letter)
  • BBC (1998b) BBC Primary Programmes timetable Autumn 1998
  • BBC (1998c) DynaMo Teacher's Guide pamphlet, autumn 1998
  • Channel 4 (1998) Channel 4 Schools Timetable Autumn 1998
  • Education Guardian television and radio listings, autumn 1998
  • TES (1998) 'Watch Out For... Gaelic TV' in Times Educational Supplement Scotland 25 September 1998 (available online)
  • Times Educational Supplement television listings, autumn 1998
  • with thanks to Stephen Livingston