Zig Zag: A Walk Through Time

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started25th Oct 1999
ended29th Nov 1999
last rpt6th May 2008as part of Primary History
9 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

Zig ZagHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious unit: WeatherNext unit: FranceHierarchyNext.gif
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A Walk Through Time is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag and Primary History from the 1990s & 2000s, covering history for primary school pupils.

A look at a British town developing over thousands of years of history. Tony Robinson sits on a bench in a computer-animated town, describing and pointing out the differences while the town changes through history from the Roman period, the Anglo-Saxons, the Tudors, the Victorians, the 1950s and the present-day at the turn of the 21st Century.

Primary History

Primary History title

From 2003 this unit was repeated as part of the new series Primary History, with amended opening titles but otherwise intact.


This unit won the Royal Television Society Educational Television Award for Primary Arts & Humanities programmes in 1999.

Programme 1 was awarded the Hoso Bunka Foundation Special Prize at the Japan Prize International Educational Programme Contest in 2000, with a citation as "an excellent attempt at takin advantage of multi-media and which offers a new angle on educational broadcasting."

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Work #1999-10-25-00-00-0025 Oct 1999
2. Food #1999-11-08-00-00-008 Nov 1999
3. Health #1999-11-15-00-00-0015 Nov 1999
4. Fashion #1999-11-22-00-00-0022 Nov 1999
5. Entertainment #1999-11-29-00-00-0029 Nov 1999


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1999-2000 Autumn 1999 Monday, 11:10am Wednesday, 11:20am BBC2
2000-01 Autumn 2000 weekdays, 1:10pm BBC2 20-24 Nov
Spring 2001 Tuesday, 12:10pm BBC2
2001-02 Autumn 2001 Tuesday, 12:10pm BBC2
2002-03 Summer 2003 Friday, 10:20am BBC2 Primary History
2003-04 Autumn 2003 Tuesday, 10:50am BBC2 Primary History
2005-06 Summer 2006 Friday, 10:50am BBC2 Primary History
2006-07 Spring 2007 Tuesday, 10:30am BBC2 Primary History
2007-08 Summer 2008 Tuesday, 10:50am BBC2 Primary History

CBBC Channel

Also broadcast on the CBBC Channel 'Class TV' service of schools programmes, as a unit of Zig Zag:

... and as a unit of Primary History:


Presenter Tony Robinson
Music Richard Brown
Education advisers Grant Bage
Shelagh Scarborough
Executive Producer Clare Elstow
Producer & Director Andrea Christodoulou


There were teacher's notes available.



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