Last night's TV: what do YOU think of C4's controversial Big Brother for kids?

04 February 2009

boys and girls alone

The hot topic in the Grazia office this morning (we're so over the snow) is last night's TV controversy, courtesy of Boys And Girls Alone on Channel 4. In case you didn't catch it, the premise of the show is this: ten boys and ten girls from a spectrum of backgrounds – aged between eight and 11 – are put into two separate villages to experience life without adults for two weeks. In the first episode, an initial day of way-hey-no-rules fun (water fights, paint fights, more water fights and drinking fat Coke at bedtime in place of tooth-brushing for the boys, bedroom wall painting and mild bitching for the girls) quickly dissolved into full-on Lord Of The Flies-style chaos. While the girls were split into two gangs, bitching and back-biting in a way that made us very glad we're not at primary school any more (our high/lowlight was the older girls writing, 'Die! Die!' on their rivals' bedroom walls in red paint then trying to pass it off as a 'friendly thing'), the boys realised they couldn't turn on an oven, let alone put together a meal to cook in one, and all started crying for their mums (much sweeter). It was riveting stuff, but in this morning's papers C4 is being vilified for putting baby Big Brother on our screens, while some commentators are also asking why on earth any parent would put their child through this kind of experience. What do you think? Is it a fascinating social experiment we can all learn from? Or just exploitative of children who are too young to know better? Let us know below...


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