Zig Zag Shorts

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started10th Oct 2000
ended14th Nov 2000
last rpt4th Mar 2008as part of Primary Geography
8 school years
duration10 mins
subject 🌏Geography
age rangeAge 7-9
languageenIn English

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Zig Zag Shorts is a BBC Schools TV series from the 2000s, covering geography for primary school pupils.

An exploration of four regions of contemporary France. These shorter programmes were drawn from the France unit of Zig Zag.

From 1999 selected units from the BBC's primary school geography series Landmarks and Zig Zag, usually 20 minutes long, were re-edited into shorter 10 minute programmes of selected highlights for easier use in busy schools. Two units of Landmarks Shorts were made, but just the one Zig Zag unit on France was reduced into this Zig Zag Shorts series

Josette Aitman presenting

Primary Geography

Primary Geography title

From 2002 the Shorts programmes were incorporated into the new series Primary Geography, with new opening titles, and repeated for a further five years. More of this format of shorter, 10 minute programmes were made for Primary Geography as it went on.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Paris #2000-10-10-00-00-0010 Oct 2000
2. Brittany #2000-10-17-00-00-0017 Oct 2000
3. The Camargue #2000-11-14-00-00-0014 Nov 2000
4. The Alps: Dairy Farming #2000-10-11-00-00-0011 Oct 2000
5. The Alps: Tradition and Tourism #2000-10-18-00-00-0018 Oct 2000

The episodes were produced and envisaged in the order set out above, matching the running order of the original Zig Zag: France programmes, but as can be noted from the dates they were not actually shown in that order on the first transmission. Subsequent repeats restored more of the intended order so that by summer 2002 most repeat runs (at least those which included all 5 episodes) were in this order.


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
2000-01 Autumn 2000 Tuesday, 10:50am Wednesday, 10:50am Thursday, 10:50am BBC2
Spring 2001 Tuesday, 10:50am Thursday, 10:50am BBC2
Summer 2001 Tuesday, 10:50am Thursday, 10:50am BBC2
2001-02 Autumn 2001 Wednesday, 12:20pm BBC2
Summer 2002 Tuesday, 11:50am BBC2
2002-03 Autumn 2002 Friday, 12:10pm BBC2
Spring 2003 various days and times BBC2
Summer 2003 Tuesday, 11:20am Thursday, 11:20am BBC2
2003-04 Summer 2004 Tuesday, 10:40am BBC2
2004-05 Autumn 2004 Thursday, 11:20am BBC2
2005-06 Autumn 2005 Friday, 11:10am BBC2
Summer 2006 Thursday, 11:20am BBC2
2006-07 Spring 2007 Thursday, 11:40am BBC2
Summer 2007 Monday, 11:30am Friday, 10:40am BBC2
2007-08 Spring 2008 Monday, 1:20pm Tuesday, 1:20pm BBC2

CBBC Channel

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

  • 2003-04: Spring 2004
  • 2006-07: Autumn 2006 & Spring 2007

The original Zig Zag: France programmes were broadcast on CBBC more frequently than these Shorts versions.


Presenter Josette Aitman
Producer Cecilia Weiss


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