Ten unruly British teenagers are sent to live with strict families in five different countries in an experiment to find out the right way to bring up a child.

In this episode Sam North, 17, from Brighton, and 16-year-old Charlotte Hart from Essex go to Jamaica to live for a week under the Christian regime of the Roses.

Mum Sharon is in charge, but Sam refuses to go to church and humiliates her. He’s sent to bed early and Charlotte is homesick and in floods of tears. At school Charlotte writes a terrible piece of work but Sam decides to knuckle down. The school call Sharon in to discuss Charlotte. Humiliated again she’s devastated. Sharon tries to get under angry Sam’s skin and Charlotte’s in tears again.

At the weekend it’s down to the family farm to toil the soil. The teens realise how little they do at home, and both their attitudes begin to change. Letters from home bring out the tears, as Sam opens up about his troubled background and Charlotte realises how much she takes her mum for granted. The Roses throw a party and heap praise on the teens, hoping they’ll change when they return to the UK.

This is so good!

[Thanks Nessa]


11 replies »

  1. Loved it !!! excellent show.

    The portrayal of the JA schools in comparison to the ones in England
    was an eye opener. Don’t mess lol. Especially with regards to sex education and discipline. No wonder why a lot of the youth here are in a mess.

    Looking forward to the Ghana one coming up.

  2. Saw the first episode, but missed the JA one which is what I really wanted to see. I think it goes on to Ghana this week. Can someone remind me on which day it airs?

  3. This was a great show, the school and head teacher really put it down, and clearly shows the difference between our school system and theres…

    I just hope alot of people watched it, perhaps reshape there thoughts about Jamaicans…we aren’t all gun slinging, drug dealing Yardies!

  4. i watched it and it confirmed everything me and my mum have been saying for years about this lapsy dosey country. Jamaicans dont play when it comes to education and the head teacher sounded like my grandmothers ‘you only do your self bady natalie’ with a pronounciation on every letter- lol. It was a good episode..cant wait to see the contrast in Ghana this week

  5. mad as hell that they’re not doing one in Nigeria, I guess because the discipline they had there in Jamaica is the same as how it would be in Nigeria. I saw the adverts for the ghana one, from what I see I’m not impressed…..africans don’t discipline like that…oh well but the show is great, I love watching it, also loved the one in America, that family was funny.

  6. Great show. I only wish Jamaicans can put into practise what they preach. Most black British children are from Jamaican background, yet their children dont follow the best example abroad. Either, the parents/adults who come to Britain are poorly and badly disciplined leaving the best bread, traditional ones back in Jamaica. And another thing, not all family impose christian “victorian” discipline. What about the discipline with pushing christian down our throats. African, Caribbean, Asia and South European are strict with their children lets compare the difference then we show an appreciation for different cultures. Television thinks we all must find one formula for every family. It doesnt work, look at countries where cultures and different backgrounds and races have lived together for hundreds of years. Most important, they know in the rules in the household and the rules outside it.

    Anyway, I still enjoy the programme, it makes for good TV!

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