Zig Zag: You and the Media

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started22nd Sep 1986
ended13th Oct 1986
last rpt15th Oct 1986
1 school year
duration20 mins
subject 📚EnglishMedia
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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You and the Media is a unit of the BBC Schools TV series Zig Zag from the 1980s, covering media for primary school pupils.

Programmes about human communications, framed through media studies. There is an overview of the history of human communications from cave paintings, consideration of calligraphy, how pictures can express meaning without words, and how peoplecan give different accounts of the same events.

The fourth episode looks at the making of television programmes - I don't know which exact programmes but an accompanying booklet looked behind the scenes of an episode of Doctor Who with Colin Baker.

This unit wasn't repeated again after its original outing in 1986. It was originally advertised as 7 episodes, including these 4 plus the following 3 episodes featuring the natural history film Mordicus.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Writing and Printing #1986-09-22-00-00-0022 Sep 1986
2. Books and Newspapers #1986-09-29-00-00-0029 Sep 1986
3. Reporting #1986-10-06-00-00-006 Oct 1986
4. Sounds and Pictures #1986-10-13-00-00-0013 Oct 1986


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1986-87 Autumn 1986 Monday, 11:00am Wednesday, 2:15pm BBC2



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