Zig Zag: Food and Farming

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started16th Jan 1995
ended13th Feb 1995
last rpt10th Mar 2003on CBBC
9 school years
duration20 mins
subject 👨‍🔬ScienceAgriculture
age rangeAge 8-10+Age 7-9 & Age 9-11
languageenIn English

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Food and Farming is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1990s & 2000s, covering agriculture for primary school pupils.

Charting the history of agriculture from the prehistoric hunter-gatherers to modern farmers using satellite tracking.

The programmes visit Acton Scott Historical Farm in Shropshire at different times of the year, including in the spring when two newly born lambs are named Zig and Zag.

Presenter Jeremy Dry on a horse and cart

Acton Scott Historical Farm Violet-marker.png

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. In the Beginning #1995-01-16-00-00-0016 Jan 1995
2. Winter #1995-01-23-00-00-0023 Jan 1995
3. Spring #1995-01-30-00-00-0030 Jan 1995
4. Summer #1995-02-06-00-00-006 Feb 1995
5. Into the Future #1995-02-13-00-00-0013 Feb 1995


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1994-95 Spring 1995 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:25pm BBC2
1996-97 Autumn 1996 Monday, 11:10am Wednesday, 1:25pm BBC2

Learning Zone

Also broadcast overnight as part of BBC2's Learning Zone programmes for recording

  • 1998-99: Autumn 1998, Winter on Wednesday 23rd September at 03:40, then Spring and Summer on Thursday 24th September from 02:00

CBBC Channel

Also broadcast on the CBBC Channel 'Class TV' service of schools programmes:


Presenter Jeremy Dry
Series Producer Nicholas Whines


Teacher's Notes

There were teacher's notes, a Factfinders book and a timeline & farmer's year poster available.


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