Channel 4 favourite Secret Life of 5 Year Olds returned to our screens for a one-off all girls special, setting Twitter aflame with its powerful messages.
Following in the footsteps of 2018’s Celebrity Big Brother, the show marked the 100-year anniversary of women’s rights with an all girl cast.
Secret Life of 5 Year Olds is renown for its light-hearted, endearingly entertaining and simply adorable nature however this special edition had viewers queuing up on Twitter to voice their reactions.
The show follows a group of children playing and learning in the classroom and playground. Blissfully unaware of the cameras capturing their every movement, the girls took part in tasks exploring their relationships, attitudes and opinions.
In one key experiment and Saoirse Hanna, from London, was left devastated when she was denied the opportunity to choose which game her class would play next.
Sobbing loudly, she said: “It’s not fair, I wanted to vote.”
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) February 6, 2018
Alongside Saoirse’s father Emmett and mother Sian, behavioural experts watched behind the scenes and commented on how Saoirse’s reaction was extremely ‘poignant’ in light of the women’s rights episode.
Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, said:
“It’s so powerful isn’t it?
“For an arbitrary reason she can’t do what others are able to do. It’s so poignant.”
Fortunately for Saoirse, fellow classmate six-year-old Darcey came to the rescue, generously giving away her own right to vote.
Feel emotional after seeing a little girl give another girl her vote as the other girl was upset on The Secret Life Of Five Year Olds so kind bless her
— Loulabelle (@MissLouB44) February 5, 2018
And if that didn’t melt viewers hearts then the sight of young Jet refusing to wear a dress would have certainly done the trick.
Young Jet was spotted shaking her head when asked to put on a dress, opting for an aviator helmet instead. Which we can all agree, is much cooler.
— 99th Red Balloon🐝 (@99thRedBalloon) February 6, 2018
When asked whether she would want to live in the olden days, Jet replied “no – because they would push me around to wear a dress.”
A strong statement in voicing the importance feminsim.
Eva’s been taught right- “A feminist could be a man or a woman, a boy or a girl” 🙌🏼 #SLO5YO
— Anisah R (@thathijabigiirl) February 6, 2018
5 year old girls describing themselves as feminists: what joy. Secret life of five year olds is fab
— Kay Sillars (@kaysillars) February 6, 2018
Question: "What are girls good at?"
— stuart petch (@thelightoutside) February 6, 2018
Finally, Jet went on a date with her friend, leaving audiences with tingly feelings of tenderness at Jet’s sheer adorability.
I hope the world doesn't change these awesome girls. I hope they change the world 💚 #SLO5YO
— StaggerLis (@StaggerLis) February 6, 2018
These 2 girls going on a ‘date’ on the secret life of 5 year olds are so cute😩
— Saffron 🌻 (@saffr0nnn) February 6, 2018
When explaining what happens on a date, Jet said:
“A date is where you kiss, get married, and have a family.”
Watching two little girls arrange a play date with each other is SO heartwarming!!! Break the heteronormative stereotypes!💪🏼🙈 #SLO5YO
— erin (@ErinRofeTurner) February 6, 2018
These two little girls were talking about how they can date and get married and be family, and it's genuinely not struck them that that might not be possible because they're both girls. What a step forward. Well done society ❤️❤️❤️ #SLO5YO
— Claudia Boleyn (@ClaudiaBoleyn) February 6, 2018