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The secret life of 5 year olds. Episode 2.

  • Jones, Toby
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About this work


Episode two. The psychologists look at how the five-year-olds exhibit behaviours such as empathy and sharing, and emotions such as jealousy, whilst making new friends. They also put the children through a portrait painting task, which explores how the five-year-olds confront external representations of themselves.



Physical description

1 DVD (50 min.) : sound, colour ; 12 cm


Originally broadcast on 3rd November 2015 on Channel 4.
Part of a six part series which is organised in three parts; 4, 5 and 6 year olds. It capitalises on the successful programme 'The Secret Life of Four Year Olds' shown earlier in 2015.
This documentary series looks at the social behaviour of children at the age of five. Hidden cameras are planted in a children's nursery to observe the conversations and social interactions between twelve children who have never met each other before. Two specialised teachers, Kate Gadsby and Oliver Le Sueur, are on site, whilst two developmental psychologists, Dr Elizabeth Kilbey and Professor Paul Howard-Jones, observe. The parents of each also child discuss what they think of their child's personality.

Creator/production credits

Directed and produced by Anna Mears.
Narrated by Toby Jones.

Copyright note

RDF television for Channel 4 Television. In association with Wellcome Trust.



  • English

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