Look and Read/schedules
This section is all about the broadcasts of Look and Read.
These quick-reference tables show the complete history of Look and Read broadcasts on BBC1 & BBC2, from the very beginning in 1967 right up to the end in 2010.
The full pages give the date and time of every broadcast of Look and Read programmes on the main BBC channels, ever. The only known omission is that Out of School broadcasts (previews for teachers and parents during the school holidays) are not currently covered. But all transmissions to schools are!
From February 2002 until March 2008 schools programmes were shown on the CBBC Channel in a block called "Class TV". However this has now stopped.
The latest "service licence" for CBBC, issued by the BBC Trust in April 2008, only requires that the Channel shows "factual programming", rather than "factual and schools programming". The Channel therefore plans to show their own factual programmes rather than any schools programmes, which are owned and managed by a different department of the BBC.
CBBC's final schools programme was English Express: Own Goal episode 5, on 20th March 2008. Their final Look and Read story was Through the Dragon's Eye, in February 2008.
Other known broadcasts:
- Many Look and Read programmes were shown on the international channel BBC Prime when it decided to broadcast schools programmes from 2004 to 2006. The units shown were: Captain Crimson, The Legend of the Lost Keys, Sky Hunter II, Spelling Strategies, Spelling with the Spellits and Zzaap and the Word Master.
- Zzaap and the Word Master was shown several times on Teachers' TV in the UK. The first run was 25th July - 1st August 2005.
- Programmes 1 & 2 of Spelling with the Spellits were shown by the ABC in Australia. They were last screened in November 2009.
- TVIQ in Malaysia has shown several Look and Read stories. Most recently they showed Spelling Strategies on 16th - 18th May 2007, and from November 2007 there have been more stories including Sky Hunter II and Captain Crimson.
- Changes to the CBBC Channel service licence - the BBC Trust "Service Licence reissue, April 2008 Explanatory note on the variations" pp.11-12 explains that "the Trust has agreed that CBBC may cease broadcast of schools programming."