Zig Zag: Invaders

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started3rd Nov 1997
ended1st Dec 1997
last rpt12th Oct 2006on CBBC
10 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
Zig Zag Invaders title Anglo-Saxons.jpg

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Invaders is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1990s & 2000s, covering history for primary school pupils.

Different periods of British history are explored through time travel and short dramas.

In modern times a boy called Rory encounters Maud, a time-travelling student from the future. Together they find out about historical invaders of the British Isles, chronologically the Celts, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.

Maud has a computer-based tutor to help her study the past, who can show maps and diagrams to the two children, and uses evidence of the past to show reconstructions of how people might have lived. These dramatised reconstructions, telling stories from the various time periods, form the bulk of each programme.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. The Celts #1997-11-03-00-00-003 Nov 1997
2. The Romans #1997-11-10-00-00-0010 Nov 1997
3. The Anglo Saxons #1997-11-17-00-00-0017 Nov 1997
4. The Vikings #1997-11-24-00-00-0024 Nov 1997
5. The Normans #1997-12-01-00-00-001 Dec 1997


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1997-98 Autumn 1997 Monday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:15am BBC2
1998-99 Autumn 1998 Monday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:15am BBC2
1999-2000 Autumn 1999 weekdays, 1:10pm BBC2 from 4 Oct & 22 Nov
2000-01 Spring 2001 Tuesday, 12:10pm BBC2
2001-02 Spring 2002 Tuesday, 11:30am Thursday, 12:10pm BBC2

CBBC Channel

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


Starring Roy Marsden as Tutor's voice
Lisa Rigby as Maud
Christopher Lynch as Rory
Music Trevor Sewell
Writer Steve Chambers
Executive Producer Moira Scott
Producer Sarah McCarthy


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


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