Zig Zag: The Odyssey

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started15th Jan 1990
ended26th Feb 1990
last rpt24th Mar 1993
4 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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

A retelling of stories from Greek myths of Odysseus, along with features about schools undertaking project work in areas such as archaeology, pottery making and poetry.

The storytelling sequences had originally been shown as part of the earlier series Merry-Go-Round in summer 1976, and repeated in 1977 and 1981. New introductory segments were made for this revival as part of Zig Zag a decade later.

A repeat run in 1993 omitted the 5th episode on The Fury of Poseidon.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. The Wooden Horse #1990-01-15-00-00-0015 Jan 1990
2. The Cyclops #1990-01-22-00-00-0022 Jan 1990
3. The Magic of Circe #1990-01-29-00-00-0029 Jan 1990
4. The Sirens #1990-02-05-00-00-005 Feb 1990
5. The Fury of Poseidon #1990-02-12-00-00-0012 Feb 1990
6. The Homecoming #1990-02-26-00-00-0026 Feb 1990


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1989-90 Spring 1990 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1992-93 Spring 1993 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2



There were teacher's notes and a Factfinders book (The World of Odysseus) available.

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