Zig Zag: Making It Work

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started14th Apr 1997
ended7th May 1997
last rpt21st Jun 2001
5 school years
duration20 mins
subject 👨‍🔬ScienceTechnology
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Making It Work is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1990s & 2000s, covering technology for primary school pupils.

Programmes about the design and construction of a new habitat for tropical animals at Marwell Zoo, linked to school projects on design and technology.

Zig Zag title

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. For the Animals #1997-04-14-00-00-0014 Apr 1997
2. For the Plants #1997-04-21-00-00-0021 Apr 1997
3. Over the Bridge #1997-04-28-00-00-0028 Apr 1997
4. For the Visitors #1997-05-07-00-00-007 May 1997

Following the first run in 1997 the order of the episodes was switched, so that for all subsequent broadcasts For the Plants came first, followed by For the Animals.

The episodes were originally billed under the titles Making It Work ...for Animals, ...for Plants, ...with Structures and ...for People. The final episode continued to be advertised as For the People but the on-screen title is For the Visitors.


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1996-97 Summer 1997 Monday, 11:10am Wednesday, 1:25pm BBC2
1997-98 Summer 1998 Tuesday, 11:15am BBC2
1999-2000 Summer 2000 Friday, 10:50am BBC2
2000-01 Summer 2001 Thursday, 11:50am BBC2

Learning Zone

Also broadcast overnight as part of the Learning Zone broadcasts on BBC2 in Autumn 1998. The first two programmes from 3:20am on the morning of Tuesday 22nd September, and the final two programmes from 2:00am on the morning of Wednesday 23rd September.


Presenter Jess Brooks
Music Henry Marsh
Animation Wrench and Franks
Series Producer Peter Evans
Producer Judy Brooks


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