Zig Zag: Roman Britain

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started20th Sep 1993
ended18th Oct 1993
last rpt12th Sep 2003(on the CBBC Channel)
11 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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

Presenter David goes to find out about Romans in Britain by visiting historical sites. In an ancient box he encounters a virtual guide called Marcus, who shows him pictures and maps, and explains how Rome itself started, the invasion of Britain, the Roman army, and life for people in Roman times. A lamp with magical powers allows David to meet other figures from Roman times who explain what they did.

Primary History

In 2002 this unit was repeated as part of the new series Primary History, with amended opening titles but otherwise intact.

After this final repeat run it was replaced by a new Primary History series on Romans in Britain in 2003.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Invasion #1993-09-20-00-00-0020 Sep 1993
2. Fighters and Builders #1993-09-27-00-00-0027 Sep 1993
3. Town Life #1993-10-04-00-00-004 Oct 1993
4. Country Life #1993-10-11-00-00-0011 Oct 1993
5. Gods, Games and Goodbye #1993-10-18-00-00-0018 Oct 1993


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1993-94 Autumn 1993 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1994-95 Spring 1995 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:25pm BBC2
1997-98 Summer 1998 Monday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:15am BBC2
2002-03 Autumn 2002 Thursday, 12:10pm BBC2 Primary History

CBBC Channel

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

(This list may be incomplete)


Presenters David Rubin
Gary Hope as Marcus
With Peter Quilter as Manrix
Jem Wall as Felix
Music Wayne Unwin
Consultants Jenny Hall & Christine Jones
Series Producer Nicholas Whines
Executive Producer Frank Flynn
Producer David Meldrum


Video Plus Pack

There were teacher's notes, a Video Plus Packs, a Factfinders book and software for Acorn computers available.



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