Zig Zag: Tudor Life

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started21st Sep 1998
ended19th Oct 1998
last rpt8th Feb 2008as part of Primary History
10 school years
duration20 mins
subject 🏛️History
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Tudor Life is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag and Primary History from the 1990s & 2000s, covering history for primary school pupils.

A mix of drama and documentary to show how ordinary people lived during the reign of the Tudor monarchs.

Presenters Mark Simpkin & Marsali Stewart

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

Extensive clips from each episode are available on the BBC website.

# Title Broadcast Clips
1. Children: A Girl's Story #1998-09-21-00-00-0021 Sep 1998
2. Homes: A Yeoman's Story #1998-09-28-00-00-0028 Sep 1998
3. Food: A Housewife's Story #1998-10-05-00-00-005 Oct 1998
4. Street: A Merchant's Story #1998-10-12-00-00-0012 Oct 1998
5. Entertainment: An Actor's Story #1998-10-19-00-00-0019 Oct 1998


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1998-99 Autumn 1998 Monday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:15am BBC2
1999-2000 Summer 2000 Tuesday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:20am BBC2
2000-01 Autumn 2000 weekdays, 9:00am BBC2 11-15 Sep
2001-02 Spring 2002 Tuesday, 11:50am BBC2
2002-03 Autumn 2002 Tuesday, 10:50am Thursday, 10:50am+ Friday, 11:50am BBC2 Primary History, 10-13 Dec
2004-05 Summer 2005 Tuesday, 10:50am BBC2 Primary History
2005-06 Summer 2006 Friday, 10:30am BBC2 Primary History
2007-08 Spring 2008 Friday, 10:50am BBC2 Primary History

CBBC Channel

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


Presenters Mark Simpkin
Marsali Stewart
Narrator Edward Tudor Pole
Music David Goodall
Consultant Sallie Purkis
Education Officer David Smith
Drama script Ann Swan
Director Yvonne Gordon
Producer/Executive Producer Ishbel MacLean


There were teacher's notes, a resource pack, a Video Plus pack and a CD-ROM for Acorn, Mac and PC available.


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