Child Of Our Time
The BBC science department is conducting and filming an experiment into childhood development in collaboration with a team of eminent British scientists. The research follows 22 families from Britain whose children were born in 2000. The children taking part are now two-and-a-half years old and at the peak of their learning. This three-part documentary is narrated by Dr Robert Winston (above), professor of fertility studies at London University's Imperial College School of Medicine. It explores how toddlers learn and how adult responses shape children's attitudes and emotions, addressing issues such as memory, physical development and the use of power. The series also highlights the differences between children's development, asking whether these differences can be attributed to genes or the environment in which they grow up. The first programme explores the deep personal power of memory, discovers when our first memories are formed and finds out what effects they have on our lives.