The one-off special is to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.

‘100 years after women’s suffrage, this is an extraordinary snapshot of the outlooks of modern young girls. It will be revelation to see what their playing and games reveal about the opportunities and challenges they face in life.’ – Ch4 Commissioning Editor Alf Lawrie

The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds: Here Come the Girls will be a one off special of the award-winning Secret Life series. Channel 4 say that the edition won’t be lacking in the ‘warmth, charm and insight’ of the parent series – the only difference is the cast will be all girls to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

True to form, a classroom and playground will be kitted out with cameras, and under the supervision of two teachers the girls will participate in tasks and activities that explore their relationships, attitudes and opinions. Experts Dr Elizabeth Kilbey and Laverne Antrobus will be observing the action from behind the scenes.

Coming from very different backgrounds, the nine girls each have their own unique personalities, and different ideas about what it means to be a girl. Ultimately the programme will explore the many different ways to be a girl or woman in 21st century Britain, and celebrate their individuality as well as the common ground these girls find during their week together.

‘I can’t wait to find out what our group of girls get up to when there are no boys around. This is a fascinating opportunity to not only discover what the women of tomorrow think it means to be a girl today, but also how they perceive inequality, and more importantly what they want to do about it.’- Maia Liddell, Executive Producer at RDF

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