Schedule: Autumn 1998
Words and Pictures
(BBC2, Mondays 10:30am & Wednesdays 9:45am)
BBC Radio 3 FM
|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|
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
|11:05 One Potato, Two Potato|
|11:20 Today and Yesterday|
|11:40 Hurley Burley|
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).
Daytime schedule for BBC2 in England and Wales.
|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|
|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)|
|10:30||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|
|11:50 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|
BBC2 Northern Ireland
as England except:
11:00-11:20 Primary Focus: Geography (fortnightly)
12:00-12:30 Study Ireland: English
as England except:
11:15-11:35 Primary Focus: Geography (rpt) (fortnightly)
as England except:
11:40-12:00 Around Scotland
as England except:
10:30-10:45 What? Where? When? Why?
11:05-11:15 Baile Mhuilinn (Mill Town)
as England (Around Scotland and What? Where? When? Why? are repeats).
as England except:
11:15-11:35 See You, See Me
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)
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.
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.
|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|
|02:00||2:00 Further Education||2:00 Schools||2:00 Schools||2:00 Schools||2:00 Further Education|
|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|
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.
Broadcasts to England, Northern Ireland & Scotland
|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|
|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)|
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!
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
Different colours indicate different school subjects.