ITV has given the green-light to Planet Child, a three-part blue chip documentary series exploring global childhood development from 24 Hours In A&E indie The Garden Productions.
Fronted by Chris and Xand Van Tulleken, Planet Child seeks to further our understanding of children’s development and explores key areas such as risk-taking, independence, morality and gender awareness in a range of scenarios. The series will observe children aged four to seven in Japan, Africa and America, living in locations as extreme as mega-cities and deserts and sets out to compare and contrast their development to children across Britain.
Planet Child was commissioned for ITV by Head of Factual Entertainment Sue Murphy and Factual Commissioner Nicola Lloyd. Executive producers for The Garden are Chloë Solomon and Teresa Watkins. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle global sales. “This is the first generation of children growing up in the technology age. It’s a long way from the stone age to the phone age, so it feels like the perfect time to take a bold look at the development of children in Britain and compare them to children in other cultures across the world”, Nicola Lloyd said. “The results are fascinating and as a parent I’ll never look at my two year old in the same light again.“
While Chloë Solomon, The Garden Productions’ Head of Popular Factual, added: “Featuring children from around the world, the series offers an ambitious global perspective on the way we raise our children and, through a series of experiments with British kids, asks us to consider whether we are getting the balance right for this generation. From the jaw-dropping freedom offered to a Japanese seven-year-old as he travels across Tokyo alone, or the confident handing of a machete by a three-year-old in Namibia, the series explores how much children are capable of and what we can learn about growing up in modern Britain, from elsewhere.”