After a successful run earlier in 2019 on BBC Wales, The 1900 Island kicked off on BBC Two on Monday, June 10th.
The series follows four families as they uproot their 21st-century way of living and go back in time one hundred years to a remote fishing-led way of life.
But after the first episode aired on June 10th, some were finding it a difficult watch for one particular reason… The children involved.
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The 1900 Island families
There are four families who signed up to the mini-documentary series.
They include retired couple Clive and Cheryl Barker, Kate and Arwel, the Davies and the Powers. Natalie and Gavin Davies entered the series with their five children and Lydia and Gareth Power with their three young kids.
The eight children on The 1900 Island are aged between two and fifteen, which raises some ums and ahs about whether the two-year-old could really opt in or out of being on the show.
Should the kids be on the show?
People disapproving of children being on TV is nothing new. From reality and talent shows to child actors, some feel uncomfortable with that amount of pressure and stress being forced upon kids.
But it would seem the nature of this show amps up the stress a few more notches.
As the children, the youngest being just 2-years-old, are also living in the 1900 conditions, many felt uncomfortable watching them struggle.
Moments that stood out were when Phoebe, one of Lydia’s daughters said “I don’t like it, I want to go home”, or the youngest pointed to his mouth to imply he was hungry.
It's one thing for adults to live in and take part in the "we lived like this a century ago" experiments, but for them to take their kids and drag them into a spartan experiment, that they have no say over.
— Stevie #ABZ (@StevieCABZ) June 10, 2019
What did the parents have to say?
Lydia said the most challenging thing about the experiment was “trying to make sure our children’s bellies felt full at each mealtime when food was scarce”.
Gavin Davies agreed and said, “the biggest challenges were getting the children to eat the blandest, tasteless food… and very little of it too”.
However, on the Davies’ family Instagram account, they called the children’s experience on the show a “joy” and showed how they still played and attended a school-like setup. So maybe they did have some fun, but we’re not sure it outweighs the whole experience in total.
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#The1900Island was a joy for the kids. This is Evan's favourite toy from the experience. It's a clothes peg he drew a face on. It went everywhere with him, it was Superman, a fisherman, his teddy & it went to bed with him. #Imagination #llanddwyn #anglesey #BBC2 7PM TONIGHT.
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