About Boys and Girls Alone
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About Boys And Girls Alone
Many people worry that modern society is making our children grow up too quickly, while others are convinced we have created a nation of cotton wool kids, unable to look after themselves.
What if there were a world without parents, a safe environment where children could take all the decisions?
Now, in a bold and ambitious new TV ONE documentary series, ten boys and ten girls aged between eight and eleven years old are being given the chance to experience life without adults for two weeks.
Living in two separate villages, they will create their own mini-societies and decide everything about how they live: what they do, what they eat, when they get up, if they clean and wash up and how they organise and entertain themselves.
Will they be able to get along and cope without their parents and who will build a better world - the boys or the girls?
What will they - and their parents - learn from the experience? And what can the communities they create teach us about our own society and the way we bring up our children?
As they build their new worlds the boys and girls will be observed on TV monitors by their parents, who will be able to see for the first time what their children are really like when they're not around.
And to make sure the children are completely safe, they will also be monitored by trained chaperones 24 hours a day.
11-year-old Lorna from Leicester has been bullied about her ginger hair at school and her mum, Kerry, hopes the experience will help to re-build Lorna's self-confidence.
"Her theory was, if she did this programme, then people would get to know her for who she is and not just because of what she looks like," says Kerry. "Ultimately, I feel that Lorna has got a strong enough personality and character about her to be able to deal with it and just get on, hopefully."
Also taking part is Sid from Essex - the nine-year-old son of a boxing champion. Sid's mum, Jane, wants him to learn something from taking part:
"I hope he learns a bit of respect really for everything that we do for him," she says. "He does nothing and it'll be nice for him to learn in there what we actually do for him."
11-year-old Taisha was described as having a 'strong nature' in her last school report. Her mum, Charmen, is expecting some jostling for position in the girls' village:
"It's typical girls, they will always be knocking heads together. You know, fighting for position, who's gonna be better than who, who's gonna be in with the 'In' crowd."
In the first programme the children arrive in their exciting new surroundings and get to know each other. With comfy beds, and stocks of food, necessities and toys, there's everything they could need to have a fantastic adventure.
Conforming to stereotype, while the girls bake cakes and make canapés, the boys have a gigantic waterfight and eat sweets, crisps and chips with cheese.
But the wet and hungry boys soon start to miss their mums and reconsider the benefits of having rules and parents to wash and cook for them.
Meanwhile the girls squabble over sleeping and cooking arrangements and, as they split into factions, some of them feel picked on.
Looking on, the parents have to make the difficult decision whether to sit by or step in to put their kids back on track...