The Secret Life of 5-Year-Olds is getting a special feminist makeover

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Susan Devaney
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The award-winning series will mark 100 years of women’s suffrage by airing a special one-off all-girl episode tonight. 

From tears and tantrums to the downright alarming, since the Secret Life of 5-Year-Olds first aired on Channel 4 back in 2015, the social experiment involving the youngsters has had us hooked forever more.

Which is why the news of a special one-off all-girl episode airing tonight (Tuesday 6 February) has certainly got us excited.

As you will see this evening, the programme will explore how the girls see themselves and the role of women in 2018, how they see their futures, and what their attitudes are to inequality and fairness – with a massive focus on gender stereotypes.

“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,” said Maia Liddell, Executive Producer at RDF.

When Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, a consultant clinical psychologist in the NHS, and Laverne Antrobus, consultant child and educational psychologist at Tavistock and Portman NHS trust, inform Saoirse Hanna she cannot vote, the little girl starts to cry.

“It’s so powerful isn’t it?” says Dr Kilby. “For an arbitrary reason she can’t do what others are able to do. It’s so poignant.”

But fellow classmate Darcey, from Newcastle, saves the day by generously giving away her own right to vote to Saoirse.

Along with nine other girls from various different backgrounds, Eva, the feminist superhero from previous episodes, is back in action too.

We’ll certainly be tuning in tonight.

The Secret Life of 5-Year-Olds: All Girls airs on Tuesday 6 February on Channel 4 at 8pm.

Images: Channel 4