Zig Zag: Mordicus

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started20th Oct 1986
ended10th Nov 1986
last rpt12th Nov 1986
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject 👨‍🔬ScienceNature
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Mordicus is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s, covering nature for primary pupils.

A two-part BBC wildlife film by John and Simon King, called Mordicus the Buzzard and originally shown for a general audience on 23rd and 30th November 1984 as part of the series Three in the Wild. It was edited down and repeated on Zig Zag with new introductions for school viewers.

In the third episode Simon King talks to Zig Zag's Sheelagh Gilbey about how the film was made.

These programmes were originally advertised as a continuation of the preceding unit on You and the Media.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Mordicus Episode 1 #1986-10-20-00-00-0020 Oct 1986
2. Mordicus Episode 2 #1986-11-03-00-00-003 Nov 1986
3. The Making of Mordicus #1986-11-10-00-00-0010 Nov 1986


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1986-87 Autumn 1986 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 2:15pm BBC2


Presenter Sheelagh Gilbey
With Simon King
Mordicus the Buzzard film by John & Simon King


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