Zig Zag: The Vikings

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started21st Sep 1987
ended5th Oct 1987
last rpt29th Sep 2004(on the CBBC Channel)
18 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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The Vikings is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s, 1990s & 2000s, covering history for primary school pupils.

Paul Coia visits historic locations to discover how the Vikings came to Britain and what they did after they arrived.

These three documentary programmes are followed by a two-part Viking drama, The Saga of Gunnar Goldhair.

A programme for teachers about studying the Vikings, nicely named The Saga of Class 2's Project, was shown as part of Teaching Today to accompany the 1989 and 1991 repeats of the unit.

Episode List

Several video clips from this unit are available on the BBC website.

# Title Broadcast Clips
1. The Vikings Are Coming! #1987-09-21-00-00-0021 Sep 1987
2. A Viking Town #1987-09-28-00-00-0028 Sep 1987
3. Viking Sailors #1987-10-05-00-00-005 Oct 1987
- The Saga of Class 2's Project #1989-09-18-00-00-0018 Sep 1989


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1987-88 Autumn 1987 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:38pm BBC2
Summer 1988 Monday, 1:00pm BBC2 Subtitle Slot
1989-90 Autumn 1989 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1991-92 Autumn 1991 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1993-94 Spring 1994 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 1:40pm BBC2
1995-96 Autumn 1995 Monday, 11:05am Wednesday, 1:20pm BBC2

CBBC Channel

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


Presenter Paul Coia
Story narrator David March
Illustrator Paul Birkbeck
Series Producer Tom Stanier


Project book

There were teacher's notes, a project book and BBC Fact Finders book, plus software for Acorn computers and a Video Plus pack.

Video Plus Pack


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