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Big Kids title card
|Created by||Lucy Daniel Raby|
|Directed by||Baz Taylor|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Cas Lester|
Janet Wray (assistant)
|Camera setup||Peter Woodley|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||27 September – 20 December 2000|
Big Kids was a family drama show which aired on CBBC on BBC One, from September 27 to December 20, 2000. Although only thirteen episodes were ever made, the show is one of CBBC's most repeated series, due to its popularity.
The show follows the lives of the Spiller family: Simon, Kate, and parents Sarah and Geoff. When the family attend a school charity event, Mr. and Mrs. Spiller are used in a performance by hypnotist Mr Ming. After the show is over, Kate and Simon realise their parents have not been properly hypnotized. At seemingly random moments they will black out and begin to act like children.
The two siblings have to deal with keeping their parents under control in their hypnotized state, trying to get their parents to believe what happens when they black out, and trying to discover what triggers the change. Often there's a role reversal, with Sarah and Geoff engaging in behavior they scolded their children for during their "kid moments", and Kate and Simon being forced to act like mature adults.
Eventually, they convince their parents by showing them filmed footage, and realize the trigger is any word with "ming" in it, just like the hypnotist's name. They manage to track down Mr. Ming and get him to unhypnotize the Spiller parents, restoring them to normal.
- Performance by a Hypnotist
- Kate Avoids Friends
- Videotaping Mum and Dad
- New Car/Concert
- Aunt Muriel
- Chicken Pox
- Simon Pursues Melanie
- Trigger Revealed
- Finding Hypnotist
- Duncan Duff - Dr. Geoffrey "Geoff" Spiller
- Imogen Stubbs - Sarah Spiller
- Matt Adams - Simon Spiller
- Kelly Salmon - Kate Spiller
- Sam Green - Jake Tyler
- Jasper Britton - Ming
- Amanda Fairbank-Hynes - Becky