Zig Zag: Mapmakers!

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started1st Nov 1993
ended29th Nov 1993
last rpt17th Jun 2005(on CBBC)
12 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🌏Geography
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
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Mapmakers! is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1990s & 2000s, covering geography for primary school pupils.

A guide to mapping skills in which Sally Gray drives round the country challenging local schoolchildren to use different techniques to create maps of their local areas in Somerset, Lancashire and Aberdeen.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Village View #1993-11-01-00-00-001 Nov 1993
2. Town and Around #1993-11-08-00-00-008 Nov 1993
3. City Limits #1993-11-15-00-00-0015 Nov 1993
4. Map Messages #1993-11-22-00-00-0022 Nov 1993
5. Mapping the Future #1993-11-29-00-00-0029 Nov 1993


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1993-94 Autumn 1993 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1995-96 Spring 1996 Monday, 11:05am Wednesday, 1:20pm BBC2
2001-02 Summer 2002 Friday, 11:50am BBC2

Nightschool TV

Also broadcast overnight on BBC2 in the 'Nightschool TV' strand:

  • 1994-95: Spring 1995, Wednesday 8th February 1995 from 2am
  • 1995-96: Autumn 1995, Wednesday 1st November 1995 from 2am

CBBC Channel

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

(this list may be incomplete)


Presenter Sally Gray
Music Wayne Unwin
Consultant Steve Harrison
Executive Producer Frank Flynn
Producer & director David Scott-Cowan


There were teacher's notes, a Video Plus Pack (called Maps and Mapping), photocopymasters and a Factfinders book (called Maps) available.



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