Channel 4 has ordered a full season of The Secret Life of Four Year Olds (pictured) from Zodiak Media-owned RDF Television.
The UK pubcaster initially aired the program as a one-off documentary in February and it became the channel’s best performing show in the 8 p.m. time slot over the preceding 12 months, with a consolidated audience of more than 3.5 million.
The special followed a group of children who met and interacted in a specially equipped nursery overseen by educational neuroscientist Paul Howard-Jones and developmental psychologist Sam Wass.
The upcoming 7 x 60-minute series will bring back that original group of children for a Christmas special before going on to explore the lives of five and six year-olds in addition to a new group of four-year-olds. The series will take place in a single location adapted for each age group. Howard-Jones and Wass will also return alongside additional observational scientists.
Zodiak Media is handling worldwide distribution and will debut the format at MIPTV in Cannes this month.