Zig Zag: Tales from Europe (2000)

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started18th Jan 2000
ended21st Mar 2000
last rpt13th Jun 2008
9 school years
duration15 mins
subject 📚English
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English
Zig Zag Tales from Europe title.jpg

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Tales from Europe (2000) is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 2000s, covering English for primary school pupils.

A selection of folk tales and myths from different countries around Europe, re-told using puppets, animation, illustrations and other techniques. Each story is introduced with documentary film about a town in the country where it is set.

These 15 minutes programmes were edited down from the original 20 minute Zig Zag Tales from Europe programmes first shown in 1992. The fictional structure from the 1992 episodes with a woman called Molly tunnelling around Europe to observe the cities and read the stories has been removed, but the original narration of both the documentary sequences and the stories by the character Molly (played by Denise Coffey) is still present.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Switzerland: The Army of Bears #2000-01-18-00-00-0018 Jan 2000
2. Germany: The Pied Piper of Hamelin #2000-01-25-00-00-0025 Jan 2000
3. Denmark: The Ugly Duckling #2000-02-01-00-00-001 Feb 2000
4. Czech Republic: Godfather Death #2000-02-08-00-00-008 Feb 2000
5. Holland: The Lady of Stavoren #2000-02-15-00-00-0015 Feb 2000
6. Greece: Persephone Rising #2000-02-29-00-00-0029 Feb 2000
7. Belgium: With My Right Hand #2000-03-07-00-00-007 Mar 2000
8. Finland: Reeta and the Cow That Ran Dry #2000-03-14-00-00-0014 Mar 2000
9. Britain: Arthur the King #2000-03-21-00-00-0021 Mar 2000

Order of episodes

The episodes in this re-edited version of Tales of Europe are all standalone programmes, with no linking story of a lady tunnelling across Europe in search of stories, so the order that the episodes are shown in does not really matter, and changed several times.

Repeats on the CBBC Channel in 2003 and 2004 followed the original broadcast order outlined above.

Repeats on the Learning Zone in 2003 used the order: Germany, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Britain, Holland, Czech Republic (omitting Switzerland).

Repeats on CBBC and BBC2 from 2006 to 2008 used the order: Britain, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Denmark, Czech Republic, Holland, Switzerland, Germany. The summer 2007 run on BBC2 again omitted Switzerland.


Year Term Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1999-2000 Spring 2000 Tuesday, 11:05am Thursday, 11:05am BBC2
2000-01 Spring 2001 Wednesday, 10:50am BBC2
Summer 2001 Wednesday, 9:30am BBC2
2001-02 Summer 2002 various days & times BBC2
2002-03 Summer 2003 Saturday, 3:00am+ BBC2 Learning Zone, 9 Aug & 20 Sep
2006-07 Summer 2007 Friday, 11:05am BBC2
2007-08 Summer 2008 Friday, 11:15am BBC2

CBBC Channel

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


Narrator Denise Coffey
Writer Kevin Crossley-Holland
Producer Susan Paton
Series Producer Tom Stanier


Tales from Europe book

There were teacher's notes available in the first few years of broadcasts. The Tales from Europe book by Kevin Crossley-Holland was also still available.


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