The World Around Us

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started29th Sep 1959
ended21st Mar 1977
last rpt1st Dec 1978
20 school years
duration25 mins & 20 mins
subject 🏫Miscellany
age rangeAge 9-11
languageenIn English

The World Around Us is an ITV schools TV series from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, covering various topics for primary school pupils.

  • the first British TV series for primary schools
  • began as a miscellany series but with a strong science focus - science programmes alternated fortnightly with programmes on different topics such as Conquest and People at Work
  • in autumn 1965 The World Around Us became a purely science series - it was still broadcast fortnightly alternating with other programmes, but those other programmes were broadcast as separate series such as Let's Go Out, People at Work A Time and a Place and Song and Story
  • in autumn 1975 this was reversed and The World Around Us again became a miscellany series, combining the previous World Around Us science programmes with the Let's Go Out environmental studies programmes, and it remained a "general studies" miscellany series until it finished at the end of the decade
  • the series was fully networked across all of the ITV stations until autumn 1977 and there were further repeat broadcasts on Thames and some other regions in spring 1978 and autumn 1978; I believe a final, planned broadcast in summer 1979 was dropped


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