26th May 2018
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Film company seeks family to feature in BBC3’s World’s Strictest Parents

Production company Twenty Twenty Television is seeking a family in Shetland to feature in BBC3’s third series of World’s Strictest Parents.

The series is about teenagers, parenting and discipline. In each one-hour programme, two teenagers, aged between 16 and 18, are sent to live somewhere for a week to experience life as part of a local family.

The company is filming in 10 countries for this series and has already filmed episodes all over the world to understand a wide variety of cultures, faiths and politics, from Sri Lanka to Kenya and the USA to South Africa. It is now looking for a hard-working and loving host family in Shetland.

The family would need to be willing to accommodate two teenagers for one week and instil in them the morals and work ethic they demand of their own children. The teens would be expected to join in the activities of the household so they will not be guests in the house but new members of the family. The host family needs to have at least one teenager of their own aged between 13-18 years.

A spokeswoman for Twenty Twenty said: “The first and second series were a huge success as both the host families and teenagers found the experience extremely rewarding โ€“ some even found it life changing. Parenting is a difficult job and opinions on the best way to do it differ wildly โ€“ we think this series gets to the heart of this important and topical issue and allows us to explore different parenting techniques and family values around the world.

“Rather than simply strict, which sometimes has negative connotations, the parents need to be disciplined and firm but fair with their children. The best parents from the last series were loving, kind, caring and compassionate. We are looking for parents who feel that it is important to maintain control over their teenagers’ lives and put boundaries in place which do not allow them to make bad choices.

“We are essentially looking for a local family who are prepared to invest some time in the development of these young lives โ€“ in areas such as discipline, work ethic and structured morals.”

The programme has recently been nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, and the makers uphold strong standards of traditional documentary making.

If anyone is interested in being part of the series they should email barry.callieu@shetlandyouth.com and he will forward the details on to the BBC. It is hoped to film the programme over the summer and so those interested are asked to apply as soon as possible.

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