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Channel 4

Daytime

Programmes of a broadly educational nature, aimed at 14- to 19-year-olds and generally suitable for secondary schools or colleges, shown between 09:30 and 12:00 on weekdays.

WEEK 1w/c 22 Sep '08 WEEK 2w/c 29 Sep '08 WEEK 3w/c 6 Oct '08 WEEK 4w/c 13 Oct '08 WEEK 5w/c 20 Oct '08
09:30 9:30 Britain AD: King Arthur's Britain 9:30 Britain BC 9:30 Britain's Deadliest Addictions 9:30 Gay to Z 9:30 (various programmes) 9:30 KNTVPhilosophy 9:30 The British Empire
09:45
10:00 10:00 Advertising Uncut 10:00 Chill Out 10:00 The Big Squeeze 9:55 (various PSHE programmes)
10:15 10:20 Get Me the Producer
10:30 10:30 Osama Bin Everywhere / The Big Drugs Debate 10:30 The Underdogs 10:30 Seven Ages of Britain 10:30 Seven Ages of Britain 10:30 Extremes
10:45
11:00 11:10 Sex, Lies and Soaps 11:10 World of Difference
11:15
11:30 11:25 Year Dot 11:25 Year Dot 11:25 Day I Got the Sack 11:25 Don't Make Me Angry 11:35 The KNTV Show
11:45
12:00


WEEK 6w/c 3 Nov '08 WEEK 7w/c 10 Nov '08 WEEK 8w/c 17 Nov '08 WEEK 9w/c 24 Nov '08 WEEK 10w/c 1 Dec '08
09:30 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 The Deadly Knowledge Show 9:30 (various programmes)
09:45
10:00 10:05 (various PSHE programmes) 10:00 Take Away My Takeaway 10:00 Take Away My Takeaway 10:00 How To Dump Your Mates
10:15
10:30 10:30 Wasted 10:30 Hardeep Does Drinking 10:30 Lifeproof TV 10:30 Lifeproof TV
10:45
11:00 11:00 Parents & Teens: Welcome to My World 11:00 Parents & Teens: Welcome to My World 11:00 KNTVSex 11:00 KNTVSex
11:15
11:30 11:30 The Family: Teen Stories 11:30 The Family: Teen Stories 11:30 The Family: Teen Stories 11:35 The Farm Revealed 11:30 Battlefront
11:45
12:00


No adverts are ever shown during or between learning programmes, only Channel 4 promos. Various three to five minute long filler programmes are used to fill in the time between longer programmes. Fillers programmes this term were: 3 Minute Wonder, Before and After, Burning Questions, Designers Under Pressure, I've Got This Friend, Life Stuff: Quit, National Gallery, Self Portrait UK 14-19, Tate Modern and The Television Set (Get Me The Producer Shorts).

New series this term included Year Dot, Lifeproof TV and Battlefront for PSHE and Seven Ages of Britain on history, as well as the single-episode programmes Orange Rockcorps (based on a series which had been shown on Channel 4 in August & September 2008) and Osama Bin Everywhere. There was a new series on drugs and families called Wasted and a new, third series of KNTV focussed on sex education (as well as a repeat of the first series, on science). Finally, The Family: Teen Stories was a spin-off from the primetime Channel 4 series The Family (shown from September to November 2008).


Night-time

Programmes for primary schools were shown between 04:00 and 06:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, with whole series bunched together and shown over one or two nights. In these grids each column gives the schedule for one week.

WEEK 1w/c 22 Sep '08 WEEK 2w/c 29 Sep '08 WEEK 3w/c 6 Oct '08 WEEK 4w/c 13 Oct '08 WEEK 5w/c 20 Oct '08
TUE 04:00 4:00 The Writing House 4:00 Sarah Moves On 4:00 Just Write 4:00 Book BoxAlice Through the Looking Glass 4:00 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
04:15
04:30
04:45
05:00
05:15 5:15 The Writing HouseMore Adventures 5:15 Rat-a-Tat-Tat
05:30 5:30 All About UsCrunch Time 5:25 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
05:45 5:45 Rat-a-Tat-TatThe Word Machine 5:45 We Are FromCroatia
06:00
WED 04:00 4:00 The Writing HouseMore Adventures 4:00 Write Away 4:00 Rat-a-Tat-TatThe Word Machine 4:00 Book BoxOff with Mcgough 4:00 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
04:15
04:30 4:30 Just Write 4:30 Book BoxRosen's Poetry Attic 4:30 EurekaAncient Egypt
04:45
05:00
05:15 5:20 Book BoxWhat's So Good About...?
05:30
05:45 5:45 We Are FromGreece 5:45 We Are FromGermany 5:50 Making It 5:50 Making It 5:45 Making It
06:00


WEEK 6w/c 3 Nov '08 WEEK 7w/c 10 Nov '08 WEEK 8w/c 17 Nov '08 WEEK 9w/c 24 Nov '08 WEEK 10w/c 1 Dec '08
TUE 04:00 4:00 Victorian Scots 4:00 Blue Dragon 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 1 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 3 4:00 EurekaRoman Britain
04:15
04:30 4:30 Maths MansionPart 1
04:45
05:00 5:00 Star MathsStar Maths 4 5:00 How We Used to LiveA Giant in Ancient Egypt
05:15 5:15 Blue Dragon 5:10 Puzzle Maths
05:30
05:45 5:40 Star MathsStar Maths 2
06:00
WED 04:00 4:00 Blue Dragon 4:00 Puzzle Maths 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 2 4:00 Star MathsStar Maths 4 4:00 ForumOnce Upon a Planet
04:15
04:30 4:30 Puzzle MathsPuzzle Maths 2
04:45 4:40 When the Romans Came to Wales
05:00 5:00 We Are FromThe Netherlands / Denmark / France / Sweden
05:15 5:20 Star MathsStar Maths 3
05:30
05:45 5:45 Making It 5:40 EurekaRoman Britain
06:00

Programmes ran from Tuesday 23rd September to Wednesday 3rd December 2008. There were no broadcasts in the week beginning 27th October due to half term.

Many, but by no means all, broadcasts this term had in-vision British Sign Language interpretation. There was no apparent logic to the signing schedule, for example The Writing House was signed but More Adventures from the Writing House was not. Perhaps only programmes which already existed with signing in the Channel 4 library were shown with the signing. There was apparently no publicity stating which programmes would be signed, and listings information was incomplete.

There were no new programmes.


S4C (Wales)

There were no schools programmes broadcast on S4C this term. S4C dropped its schools service - which was mostly a relay of Channel 4 schools programmes with some additional Welsh series - at the end of the 2007-8 academic year. Its last schools broadcast was an episode of the secondary schools series Vocation, Vocation, Vocation on Friday 13th June 2008. The last Welsh-produced schools programmes had been repeats of Campyfan (Campervan) and Bobinogi (Bobinogs) in the autumn term 2007. Both of these series are aimed at pre-school and reception age children and continue to be shown as part of S4C's children's strand Planed Plant and on the digital channel S4C Digidol.

The schools programmes which would previously have been broadcast on S4C were still available in Wales, as Channel 4 is broadcast on digital platforms including on Freeview terrestrial television throughout Wales. S4C pointed out that they took the decision to cease broadcasting schools programmes...

"...in view of the fact that in 2009 digital switchover begins in Wales. Once this process is complete, Channel 4 will be freely available across Wales and it will be possible to watch schools programming directly on Channel 4.
"After switchover, S4C’s analogue service will no longer exist. In its place, S4C digidol, the stand-alone Welsh language digital channel, will be the main service. Welsh language nursery programmes are already broadcast on S4C digidol, and many are used as a learning resource by schools.
"During the run-up to digital switchover, it was decided to use the hours normally allocated to schools programming on S4C's analogue service to broadcast other programmes and promote S4C’s other services."[1]

Teachers' TV

Teachers' TV, offering mostly documentary programmes aimed at teachers and staff working in schools, also included several programmes each day which were suitable for use with children in schools. These were billed as InClass TV on the teachers.tv website, but not particularly identified or given any special branding on TV broadcasts.

The drama All About Me was broadcast for the first time on Teachers' TV on Thursday 4th December. This 60-minute drama about a teenager who was conceived with donor sperm searching for his father and his identity, was first shown as part of the BBC schools series Scene and has also been shown as a single play on BBC One. Teachers' TV broadcast three short documentaries to accompany the drama, on the same topic and also with the title All About Me, in January 2009.

Teachers' TV also broadcast episodes from the Channel 4 schools series Science in Focus during December 2008.
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