Channel 5 has commissioned MGM Alternative UK to make a new two-part series exploring what happens when kids are unleashed into the world without parental supervision.

The series, Who Let the Kids Out? (w/t), looks at what various groups of children – between 9 and 10 years of age – get up to when encountering different dilemmas, while their parents watch on from a secret location.

Each of the scenarios will be designed to test the initiative, independence, moral compass, and problem-solving skills of the children taking part. The parents, representing a variety of backgrounds with very different approaches to parenting, will get a chance to predict the responses of their child.

A child behavioural expert will interpret the actions of the children and provide insight into their responses. The children will be monitored at all times during production.

Daniel Pearl, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Paramount + and Channel 5 said: “This is warm, fun series which takes a closer look at the choices and actions children take when left to their own devices. How has their upbringing influenced the choices they make? How will their parents react when they see how their children react to certain situations? Following months of COVID lockdowns and restrictions on outdoor play and play with others, it will be interesting to see how this may have influenced children’s behaviour.”

Dom Bird, Senior International Television Executive, MGM Alternative UK, added: “This series promises to be a hugely entertaining and heartwarming look at how children make decisions when they think their parents aren’t around. At the same time, we’re excited to see how the parents react when they witness their kids’ choices from afar. We’ve all wondered what our kids would get up to in certain situations…and now we are about to find out.!”

Who Let the Kids Out? is executive produced by Dom Bird and Sarah May.


Pippa Considine

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