Boys and Girls Alone

Boys and Girls Alone is a British reality TV program made for Channel 4 and first broadcast in 2009.

Boys and Girls Alone
GenreReality Television
Directed byMark Henderson & Martin Fuller
Country of originEngland
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Production locationCornwall
Running time50 minutes
Production companyLove Productions
Original networkChannel 4
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 2009 (2009-02)
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A four-part series, the programme featured 20 children aged between eight and eleven, living without adults in a pair of "villages", one for each sex.

During the last three episodes each group had a task to complete. They were given the responsibility of money, a three-day camping trip which included the girls skinning and eating a rabbit and the boys fishing for food, and in the finale, living with the opposite sex.

During the first few days one of the boys left because he could not cook the food they had in the house. It then became too much of a struggle and he was missing his family.


The series attracted considerable press attention over allegations of "child abuse and cruelty".[1] As a result, the UK government has "ordered a review of child employment laws".[2] Although there was much dispute over the fact that boys and girls would be living alone, they were provided with food, money and hygiene equipment, and there were trained chaperons that would step in if a child's safety was compromised. The UK regulator for TV and Radio OFCOM received over 180 complaints regarding the points stated above.

See alsoEdit

  • Kid Nation - A U.S television show that attracted similar controversy


  1. ^ "UK | England | Cornwall | More calls to axe C4 child show". BBC News. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  2. ^ "The Times & The Sunday Times". 30 May 1919. Retrieved 30 May 2019.