Zig Zag: Kenya

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started19th Sep 1994
ended13th May 1996
last rpt17th Oct 2005on CBBC
12 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🌏Geography
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

Zig ZagHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious unit: Where You Live, Where I LiveNext unit: Food and FarmingHierarchyNext.gif

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

Kenyan youngsters Evangeline and Nana introduce viewers to their contrasting home lives near Mount Kenya and in Nairobi. There is also a traditional Kenyan story told in most of the episodes. An additional final episode, added later, presents a helicopter tour around the country.

This unit was originally known as simply An African Country, and it is designed to encourage viewing pupils to compare their own lives in Britain with those of the Kenyan families.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. This Is Kenya #1994-09-19-00-00-0019 Sep 1994
2. A Day in the Life #1994-09-26-00-00-0026 Sep 1994
3. Food, Farming and Shopping #1994-10-03-00-00-003 Oct 1994
4. Out and About #1994-10-10-00-00-0010 Oct 1994
5. Kenya from the Air #1996-05-13-00-00-0013 May 1996


Daytime broadcasts for schools on BBC2.

Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1994-95 Autumn 1994 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:25pm BBC2
1995-96 Summer 1996 Monday, 11:05am Wednesday, 1:20pm BBC2
1997-98 Spring 1998 Monday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:15am BBC2
1999-2000 Spring 2000 Tuesday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:05am BBC2
2000-01 Autumn 2000 Monday, 9:20am BBC2

Nightschool TV

Also broadcast overnight on BBC2 as part of Nightschool TV and the Learning Zone, each time just the original four episodes from 1994.

CBBC Channel

Also broadcast on the CBBC Channel 'Class TV' service of schools programmes, each time all five episodes including Kenya from the Air.



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

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