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'Child of Our Time' has to be the most ingenious factual shows the BBC
has ever produced. Hosted by Professor Robert Winston, the show started
in the year 2000 and follows the lives of twenty-five British children,
who were born in 1999/2000, and their families. Every year, a number of
episodes charts the youngsters as they progress and this will continue
over the next twenty years to examine how children develop into adults
and what shapes us to being who we are. The children's families come
various areas of the UK and from all walks of life and the study
includes a sets of twins, a set of triplets and Parys Lapper, the son
of disabled artist Alison Lapper whose statue can be found at Trafalgar
The children themselves are very engaging little individuals, all-- at least for now-- happy to be filmed and open with the cameras. Their parents are equally as accommodating to explain how their offspring have changed and offering personal insights that might have shaped the children and taking part in various experiments.
It's a show that already offers valuable insight, as we watch the children grew from tiny infants into mischievous toddlers into active school pupils, into how people develop as they grow. Professor Winston explains various psychological theories in lay-man's terms and demonstrates various tests with the children to further enhance the study's aims, which, I might add, leave viewers wanting to find a child of a similar age to try the experiments out for themselves! An educational show, enhanced by the charming natures of all the children, and it will be very interesting to continue watching as the years go by to see what the future holds in store the adults that these wee ones will one day become.
Whoever knew following the life of humans from the time they come into
this world is going to be so easy? But Child Of Our Time is going to
follow its subjects for 25 years to uncover the various aspects of
human life that we so often know, but maybe never really to go probe
This documentary-cum-reality series is actually still on-going and there are still many years to go for the subjects being part of a major BBC television's experiment.
It's amazing how sometimes our personalities and traits are being formed when we were still learning how to walk and talk. Some may develop faster, some just takes time. But in the end, it's always an amazing rediscovery of the human cycle. Are our traits just being inborn, or do we get it from our parents? This is just one of the various questions this documentary-cum-reality series is trying to answer.
For me, being having almost no recollection how I was like when I was still a toddler unless I look at past photos and my parents' accounts, this is a rediscovery of how I might had been before the current times.
Just watch an episode and it will be a real eye-opener. It's true.
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