The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds (2015)

Viewing

Seen in 2017.

This review refers to all 6 episodes of the 2015 “series” of this recurring Channel 4 program, the actual title of which is unclear.

Categorization

Reality TV.

Subject

In each pair of episodes, about 10 children aged 4, 5 and 6 respectively are sent by their parents to spend a couple of weeks at a special daycare center rigged with cameras. Teachers arrange psychological experiments on them and experts in child development observe the results.

Commentary

Adorable and instructive, particularly the younger children, but the reality-TV tropes (confinement, Big Brother-style total surveillance, absurd challenges to provoke drama, focus on a few colourful characters, parents horny for stardom) overpower the scientific content.

documentary reality TV series