Zig Zag: Snapshots: Children in the Second World War

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started8th Nov 2000
ended16th Nov 2000
last rpt12th Nov 2007as part of Primary History
8 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-11Age 7-9 & Age 9-11
languageenIn English

Zig ZagHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious unit: Tales from Europe (2000)

Snapshots: Children in the Second World War is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 2000s, covering history for primary school pupils.

Examining the lives of children during World War II using archive footage froma variety of sources, interviews, and some reenactments from fiction.

These programmes are presented as 'Snapshots' as they make up a shorter-than-usual unit of just two episodes, each composed of short segments on specific topics which could be used in isolation.

Primary History

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

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Evacuation #2000-11-08-00-00-008 Nov 2000
2. Daily Life #2000-11-16-00-00-0016 Nov 2000


Broadcasts from autumn 2002 onwards were part of the series Primary History.

Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
2000-01 Autumn 2000 Tuesday, 12:10pm Wednesday, 1:10pm Thursday, 12:10pm Friday, 12:10pm BBC2 8, 16 Nov; 1, 5, 8 Dec
Summer 2001 Wednesday, 11:50am BBC2 6, 13, 20 Jun
2001-02 Autumn 2001 Tuesday, 11:50am BBC2 13 Nov-4 Dec
2002-03 Autumn 2002 Tuesday, 11:00am+ Friday, 1:00pm BBC2 10, 17 Sep; 4, 15 Oct
Summer 2003 Monday, 11:20am+ BBC2 23 Jun
2003-04 Autumn 2003 Tuesday, 11:10am BBC2 23, 30 Sep
2004-05 Autumn 2004 Monday, 11:20am BBC2 15-22 Nov
Spring 2005 Friday, 11:10am BBC2 28 Jan, 4 Feb
2005-06 Autumn 2005 Tuesday, 10:50am BBC2 18 Oct, 8 Nov
2006-07 Autumn 2006 Friday, 10:50am BBC2 24 Nov
2007-08 Autumn 2007 Monday, 10:50am BBC2 5-12 Nov

CBBC Channel

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


Narrators Jane Whittenshaw
Hugh Dennis
Consultant William Stow
Education Officer Shelagh Scarborough
Executive Producer Sue Nott
Producer Michelle Jones


Resource Pack

There was a Video Plus pack, later a DVD Plus pack, and a resource pack available.



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