Child Of Our Time

LIVING CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 8 June, 8.30pm

Its ten years since Child of Our Time first started following children born at the start of the Millennium – a half-way point in the study which follows 25 children through the first 20 years of their lives. It’s a landmark birthday – the children are now ten and their personalities are formed. To celebrate, Child of Our Time has commissioned an online personality survey, the biggest ever in the UK, to help tackle the fundamental identity question posed by the series: what makes us who we are? The first episode offers a user’s guide to different personality traits and how they are formed through the interaction of genes and environment. In the second episode personality data gathered from all over the UK provides a unique insight into Britain and explores how personality shapes our futures – our relationships, jobs, and even our health.

LIVING CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 2 March, 8.30pm

This unique documentary series that follows the lives of 25 children born in the year 2000 is soon to be in its eighth year. At this age, the children face a whole new range of problems. See how they learn to cope with the difference between home and school, and to feel more secure about themselves; how their behaviour is affected when entering into a period in life where they are split along gender lines, with girls and boys preferring their own gender; and finally how they cope with the dreaded exams and how their early attitude – and results – can shape their whole education.

LIVING CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 1 December, 8.30pm

This unique documentary series that follows the lives of 25 children born in the year 2000 is now in its seventh year. At the age of six, most of the children still lived in a magical world populated by tooth fairies, Father Christmas and monsters under the bed. But by the age of seven, most of them have out grown these childish fantasies. What happened to the children’s wild and vivid imaginations? Also, find out how the youngsters cope with peer pressure, both in the playground and at home, and how the children’s backgrounds may influence their ambition, hopes and fears.

Wednesday 25 June, 9.30pm

In the most ambitious project to date, all of the Child Of Our Time children are filmed continuously for 48 hours, putting their day-to-day lives under the microscope. Every laugh, every tear and every movement is recorded, counted and analysed to build up a real picture of a day in the life of the average British child.

Every day we hear about the miserable state of modern childhood. Experts tell us that the pressures of 21st-century life are turning our kids into sad, lazy telly addicts who have forgotten how to play. But can things really have become so bad?
The results of this intensive study bring the issues facing today’s parents into sharp focus. How much TV is too much? Should you let an eight-year-old walk to school on their own? Are video games ruining our kids, or teaching them? And most importantly, how can we give our children the freedom they need to grow, while still keeping them safe?

Wednesday 18 June, 9.30pm

Following the lives of 25 children born in the year 2000, this acclaimed series presented by Professor Robert Winston is now in its eighth year.

Children are facing more stress than ever before. Seven year olds sit exams, bullying is on the increase and some children experience the devastating effects of illness in the family. Does stress in childhood prepare us for an uncertain life ahead or is it too much, too young?
In Essex, Rebecca Saunders is excelling at school but has little confidence in her abilities. Now that older brother David has won a place at a prestigious boys’ school, how will Rebecca cope with her school’s SATs exams and years of being tested ahead?

Having always been encouraged to develop his individuality, Taliesin Stevenson is struggling to find friends at school. His mum Olivia is taking direct action, working in the school playground to stop bullying and hoping that confidence-boosting activities over the holidays will alleviate his fear of the playground.

In Worcestershire, Eve Scarborough is facing a turbulent year. Dad Tim has recovered from a major kidney operation in 2006, but mum Caroline has now been diagnosed with a serious illness putting the family under emotional and financial pressure. Will Eve’s optimistic outlook be enough to pull her through such a stressful time?

Rubin Bayfield is fighting for attention in a large family in Sussex. But could his love of singing offer an escape route from life on social security benefits to that of a Westminster Abbey choirboy? If he wins a place at the world famous school, it means a new life far away from his family.

Without the pressure of SATs tests in Scotland, Glaswegian identical twins Alex and Ivo Lloyd-Young are happy to get on with what they do best – play. But their stress-free life is interrupted when Alex is diagnosed with a health problem. How will their harmonious life together withstand the strain of undergoing an operation?

Wednesday 11 June, 8.30pm

Following the lives of 25 children born in the year 2000, this acclaimed series presented by Professor Robert Winston is now in its eighth year.

The first episode looks at the gender divide. At eight, the children are struggling to make sense of gender roles. In the home they see their parents striving for equality. But increasingly they are looking to the outside world for their role models. So in a culture dominated by sex, celebrity and consumerism, what are they learning? And is the divide of the sexes growing?
Nathan’s parents have gone all out to make sure their children grow up in a home with no stereotypes. Mum Ruth goes out to work and Dad Richard stays home and does most of the childcare. They hope their children will grow up with no preconceptions about gender roles. But will it work? And can the vision for the family survive their parents’ separation and the death of Nathan’s beloved grandmother?

Things are tough for Rhianna this year. Dad Andy is spending a lot of time in the pub and Mum Tanya is both providing for the family and doing the lion’s share of the childcare, while Rhianna is escaping into the world of Bratz dolls and music videos.

Tomboy Megan is starting to take an interest in the opposite sex and has acquired her first boyfriend, classmate Rhys. But can the course of true love run smooth? And how does heartbreak change her view of boys?

Back in 1999, Tyrese’s mum Marie didn’t want a boy because she thought they got into too much trouble. Now, she’s even more worried because she thinks Tyrese is getting more aggressive. He’s falling behind at school and his parents worry that underachieving might start a process that eventually draws him into the gang culture in inner-city Birmingham.

Born four months prematurely and the sole survivor of triplets, nobody thought that Helena would even make it this far. Premature baby girls have a better chance of survival than boys and so being born a girl could have saved Helena’s life. Since then she has always embraced her femininity with a penchant for pink and a love of manicures. But is Helena becoming too ambitious and what does she now feel about the death of her two siblings?

Find out in Child Of Our Time, Wednesday 11 June, 9.30pm.

Living Channel – Saturdays from 12 April, 6.00pm

Since 2000, Child of our Time has been following a group of 25 British children and their parents, and has amassed an extraordinary record of each family’s life since their children were born. In this series, leading fertility scientist Professor Robert Winston takes a retrospective look at the story so far for ten of the families from the original series, with additional previously unseen footage and more context. How have their individual experiences influenced their happiness, their confidence, their relationships, and how they make sense of the world around them?