- Child of Our Time 2002 Thanks for the Memories Alternative
The first of three programmes in the 2002 series of the on-going series following the development of children from all over Britain born in the year 2000. The presenter tries to ascertain whether the very early memories of the babies, now two years old, are having any bearing on their development. Themes explored include finding when our first memories are formed and what effect they have on our lives. What happens when a child witnesses the violent breakdown of their parent's relationship? How do they cope with a distracted and angry mother and what does being unwanted do to a baby? In 2001, in a pioneering experiment, the series showed for the first time that babies recognise music played to them in the womb when they are a year old. In this programme, the parents are put to the test - with some startling results. Do any of them subconsciously remember things they were only exposed to as foetuses or in the first year of life? If they do then it will revolutionise ideas about how much tiny babies can learn. The programme also explores the nature of happiness and asks how much is it in the genes and which events in childhood make a difference to the way we feel about life.