Zig Zag: Getting About

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started15th Feb 1988
ended14th Mar 1988
last rpt25th Nov 1992
6 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🌏Geography
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Getting About is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s & 1990s, covering geography for primary school pupils.

A unit about map-reading, finding your way in an unknown area, and getting to know your local area better.

The bulk of each episode is taken up with a dramatised treasure hunt around the Isle of Wight, in which Tony Aitken tries to help a boatyard threatened with closure by following clues to local landmarks and following directions.

Tony Aitken exploring

The Getting About drama sequences were originally shown on the earlier series Merry-Go-Round in 1981, and are surrounded by new studio material for this 1988 Zig Zag unit.

Paul Coia presenting

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Trail Clues #1988-02-15-00-00-0015 Feb 1988
2. Direction #1988-02-29-00-00-0029 Feb 1988
3. Distance #1988-03-07-00-00-007 Mar 1988
4. Reading the Earth #1988-03-14-00-00-0014 Mar 1988


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1987-88 Spring 1988 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:38pm BBC2
1990-91 Autumn 1990 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1992-93 Autumn 1992 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2


Presenter Paul Coia
Starring Tony Aitken as man on bike
With Judy Grindley as boatyard owner
Series Producer Tom Stanier
Producers Diane Morgan
Roger Fry


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