Wondermaths

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companyBBC
started26th Sep 1986
ended9th Feb 1988
last rpt8th Feb 1991
5 school years
episodes16
duration15 mins
age rangeAge 9-11
languageenIn English

Wondermaths is a BBC schools TV series from the 1980s and 1990s, covering Mathematics for primary school pupils.

Adventures and problem-solving as various problems beset the spaceship Investigator and its crew of astronauts Zak and Stella, and the troublesome robot Hudson, have to work together using clear thinking and maths skills to save the day. They often find many different approaches to solving a problem, and different clues to help them work out what to do.

The 10 autumn term episodes follow the crew on their way to a holiday on planet Earth, while 5 extra episodes for the spring term, added in 1988, recount their journey back after the holiday.

The fifth episode of the series, covering triangular numbers, was remade following its original transmission in 1986, with a different plot and different approach to the problem.

A series of three accompanying books was planned, but I don't think they were ever published. Hudson and the Great Space Disaster would have seen the Investigator on the verge of blowing up, Hudson and the Codemaster about patterns and codes, and Hudson and the Giant Space Spiders required the crew to "use their knowledge of tessellations to avoid doom". The plots were based on television episodes.

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