The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds returning to Channel 4 with siblings specials

Channel 4

The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds is returning to Channel 4 with a two-part special focusing on the relationship between siblings.

Cameras will follow some of the best loved children from the last series as they are accompanied by a brother or sister, some of whom are as young as two, on a camping holiday in a prelude to six brand new episodes of the regular series.

A new cast of four and five year olds from up and down the country will feature in the ensuing return to the regular format. The films will be shot across the summer holidays, offering an intimate look into all the friendships, battles and tussles that unfold when ten young children meet each other for the very first time on a summer play scheme.

“You don’t choose your brothers and sisters. But the relationship you have with them is likely to be the longest of your entire life and it’s one that will definitely impact on your adult life. It’s a great opportunity to use The Secret Life formula to explore this most seminal of relationships.” – Executive Producer, Tessa Watkins

Leading scientists Dr Paul Howard-Jones (Educational Neuroscientist, Bristol University) and Dr Sam Wass (Developmental Psychologist, MCR Cognition & Brain Unit, Cambridge) and Dr Elizabeth Kilbey (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Oxleas NHS Trust) will once again be observing the children’s behaviour.

The series was originally a one-off endeavor for Channel 4 but was brought back after proving a ratings success and went on to win a Broadcast Award for Best Popular Factual Programme.