03 Aug 2007

Child of our Time returns for its 7th series

Lord Winston with Het and Tyrese

Lord Winston with Het and Tyrese

Child of Our Time, an Open University and BBC co-production, is the unique and groundbreaking television project which follows 25 children from their birth in the year 1999/2000 as they journey to adulthood.

The 'journey of a lifetime' continues on BBC ONE at 7pm on Sunday August 19 for 3 weeks.

The children have reached their 7th year and much has changed. In the forthcoming series, Child of Our Time will continue to explore issues that concern us all. How much of our futures seem to be already mapped out by the time we are seven? How important is it to fit in or stand out from the crowd? And how does creativity develop and grow?

In this unique documentary series, presented by leading fertility scientist Professor Robert Winston, the children and their families participate, through observational filming and scientific tests, to investigate what influences and shapes our identities - with some intriguing and surprising results.

Beginning in 1999, when 22 couples agreed to be filmed as they prepared for the birth of their ‘millennium babies’, Child of Our Time is committed to following the lives of these families until the children are 20 years old – making it the longest-running project in the BBC’s history. Since 2002 it has been co-produced with The Open University.

The series website, http://www.open2.net/childofourtime/2007 has new interactive features in which you can try out some of the tests that the Child of Our Time families have completed. You can look at your results and compare them with other people’s. There is also a new area on the website, developed in partnership with the British Psychological Society, which has videos, radio programmes and essays on child development and how it is studied.

The Open University has also produced a new set of the very popular and free activity cards for fun things to do with your children, based on ideas that are explored in the TV series. These are available from open2.net or by calling 0870 112 60 19.

Editor’s Notes

Child of our Time is a co-production between The Open University and the BBC.

The series producer of Child of out Time is Rachel Coughlan. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Tessa Livingston and the Executive Producer for The Open University is Emma De’Ath. The Director for The Open University is Josh Good and the Open University Academics are John Oates and David Messer.

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for over 30 years providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.

Associated Open University Courses:-

E123 Working with Children in the early years
E124 Supporting Children's learning in the early years
E131 Introduction into working with young people
E115 Personal Professional Development (Early Years Settings)
DD100 Introduction to Social Science
K100 Understanding Health and Social Care
Y156 Understanding Children (Openings Course)
Y158 Understanding Health (Openings Course)

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