Zig Zag: Geography UK

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started18th Sep 1995
ended16th Oct 1995
last rpt16th May 2003on CBBC
8 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🌏Geography
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Geography UK is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1990s, covering geography for primary school pupils.

Presenters in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom explore the links between the landscape and the local people in distinct ways - looking at a Scottish river, the weather in Wales, a village, town and city in Northern Ireland, and environmental issues in England.

Four presenters in four nations

Episode List

# Title Broadcast Clips
1. Introducing the UK #1995-09-18-00-00-0018 Sep 1995
2. A River in Scotland #1995-09-25-00-00-0025 Sep 1995
3. Weather in Wales #1995-10-02-00-00-002 Oct 1995
4. Living in Northern Ireland #1995-10-09-00-00-009 Oct 1995
5. Changing Environments in England #1995-10-16-00-00-0016 Oct 1995


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1995-96 Autumn 1995 Monday, 11:05am Wednesday, 1:20pm BBC2
1997-98 Autumn 1997 Monday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:15am BBC2

Learning Zone

The episode Weather in Wales was broadcast as part of the overnight Learning Zone broadcasts on BBC2, at 3:40am on Thursday 12th February in Spring 1998, with extra audio description for blind viewers, known at the time as 'audetel'.

CBBC Channel

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


Presenters Dougie Vipond (Scotland)
Kevin Owen (Wales)
Shauna Lowry (Northern Ireland)
Jeremy Dry (England)
Producer Peter M. Evans


There were teacher's notes, a resource pack, a Factfinders book (United Kingdom) and a Video Plus pack available.



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