Big Kids

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Big Kids
Big Kids title card
Genre Children's
Created by Lucy Daniel Raby
Directed by Baz Taylor
Starring Imogen Stubbs
Duncan Duff
Matt Adams
Kelly Salmon
Composer(s) Tony Flynn
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Cas Lester
Producer(s) Jacinta Peel
Janet Wray (assistant)
Editor(s) Ian Williams
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.

Episode list[edit]

  1. Performance by a Hypnotist
  2. Kate Avoids Friends
  3. Videotaping Mum and Dad
  4. Library/Shopping
  5. Restaurant
  6. New Car/Concert
  7. Museum
  8. Aunt Muriel
  9. Chicken Pox
  10. Puppy
  11. Simon Pursues Melanie
  12. Trigger Revealed
  13. Finding Hypnotist


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