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BBC’s multi-award winning strand for CBBC, My Life follows the highs and lows of children across the world, each with a unique story to tell…
“The power of documentary storytelling is as strong as ever in this new series of My Life films. All the children features have great stories to tell and we’re privileged to have been given a window on their world. I’m sure our viewers will love them!”
Kez Margrie - Executive Producer, CBBC
Winner of Best Children’s Programme or Series - RTS West of England 2015
Teenager Joanne can text faster with her top lip than most people can with their fingers, can eat spaghetti balancing her fork under her chin and is on first name terms with her favourite band, One Direction. She is also one of only seven people in the world born with no limbs due to a condition called Total Amelia. When the British Olympic Bobsleigh team gets in touch, Joanne decides she’s ready to face one of her biggest challenges.
Drummer TV, 2015Screener
The story of 14 year-old Peter, the youngest stunt motorbike rider in Europe who performs in his parent’s circus. Being one of the show’s most popular performers brings daily challenges, and the film follows Peter as he arrives with his friends in Scarborough the night before the Big Top goes up.
Drummer TV, 2015Screener
The Boy On The Bicycle
Prix Jeunesse International 2016 WINNER for:
UNICEF Special Prize
Most Loved Film at the Festival
Ahmed is like any other boy his age, except he’s had to leave everything behind, including his toys and technology, to move to a refugee camp.
Life in Zaatari camp is nothing compared to home. When the Syrian civil war began in 2012, his family had to abandon their affluent lives and, with thousands of others, flee across the border to Zaatari for safety.
Despite their camp having everything they need, from shops to a hospital, school and football pitches, life is very different to how it was before. Ahmed doesn’t let this affect his positivity though, and he finds new ways to have fun with his friends.
As Ahmed cycles around the five-mile square camp, he introduces us to some of the other inspirational children who live there and we see the reality of life in a refugee camp from the unique point of view of a child.
Drummer TV, 2016Screener
Nominated For Best Non-Fiction - Prix Jeunesse 2010
Nominated for Monte Carlo TV Festival 2010
For the first time on television children reveal what life is like when a parent goes off to war. The film looks at how they try and maintain normality as their lives are interrupted by a conflict that they might not understand, taking place in a country they may never have heard of. For some a return is around the corner; for others a loss will affect the rest of their lives.
Through animations, using the children’s own artwork, and interviews we get an insight into one of mankind's oldest problems - war - and the effect it has on the children whose parents don't come back.
Walsh Brothers, 2010Screener
Nominated For Best Factual - Children’s BAFTA 2010
Three friends who attend a school for children with physical disabilities and special educational needs take martial arts classes in a bid to improve their fitness and self-confidence. The instructor aims to use his methods to teach pupils self-respect and self-discipline, and one of the boys seems to respond particularly well.
Walsh Brothers, 2010Screener
Me, My Dad & His Kidney
Winner Of Best Factual - Children’s BAFTA 2012
Nine-year-old football fan Raphael developed a one-in-a-million medical condition that destroyed his kidneys and left him fighting for his life. Step forward dad Duane, who is prepared to donate one of his own kidneys to his son in a life-changing operation.
My Life: Me, My Dad and his Kidney follows the incredible journey of father and son before, during and after the kidney transplant operation. With exclusive access to both operations, this intimate documentary follows them every step of the way, with clever use of animation that gives CBBC viewers a unique insight into the function of the kidney and its importance to the human body.
Nine Lives Media, 2011Screener
The Burns Club
In My Life: The Burns Club, 12-year-old Holly was just a toddler when she was badly burnt on her head and arm by hot fat from a chip pan.
The Burns Club follows Holly for six exciting but extremely anxious months as she has an innovative operation to expand her hair by placing special balloons beneath her scalp, which could cover the bald scars on her head.
Stephanie, 14, also survived a fire when she was a toddler and is going through similar treatment. In this film, the girls share their experiences and talk about what it's like to live with scars.
Ultimately the operations don't always work and what Holly learns from Stephanie is the confidence to live with her scars and be happy just as she is.
Nine Lives Media, 2012Screener
One Way Ticket
Moving to the other side of the world is a massive decision for anyone to make, but how do children feel when their parents decide to up sticks and go to live in a different country? In My Life: One Way Ticket we find out, as we follow 10-year-old Daniel and his family as they move lock, stock and barrel from Devon, England to Wellington, New Zealand.
As well as being excited about the big adventure, Daniel is also sad to be saying goodbye to his grandparents, friends and pet cat Bailey. But will the family settle into their brand-new life in New Zealand or decide to return home?
Nine Lives Media, 2013Screener
I Am Leo
Winner Of Best Factual - Children’s BAFTA 2015
Thirteen year-old Leo loves socialising with his friends, beat-boxing and doing all the things a 13-year-old boy would normally do. What makes Leo different is that he was born with a girl’s body. He has become one of the first children in Britain to be prescribed hormone blockers to prevent him growing into a young woman.
Leo tells his very intimate story through a series of video diaries and interviews to explain exactly what it’s like to be transgender and his journey to be accepted by other people as male.
Nine Lives Media, 2013Screener
Our Big Elephant Rescue
Our Big Elephant Rescue follows 12-year-old Natasha and her 14-year-old brother Joe as they rescue a mother elephant and her baby from a tourist camp in Thailand and trek for over 80 miles through the forest to set them free.
Following a family holiday in Thailand, 12-year-old Natasha’s life and that of her family changed forever. They discovered the elephants they had watched performing and giving rides to tourists were being treated badly, so the family set up a charity to help the elephants and their mahouts (trainers) escape the cycle of poverty that means they have to perform. Now the charity has raised enough money to rescue a mother elephant and her baby.
The film follows the family to Thailand as they join the little baby elephant and her mum and their mahout on a remarkable trek through the forest to take them back home.
Nine Lives Media, 2015Screener
Our Marvellous Messy Minds
Libby, who narrates the film, has suffered from anxiety for more than a year and gets anxious over nearly everything, Ethan was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old and as a result has low self-esteem and Oliver has had OCD since he was really young and fears germs and getting dirty.
This insightful and remarkably honest film follows Libby, Oliver and Ethan to find out how their mental health affects their lives and their determination not to let it hold them back.
Nine Lives Media, 2016Screener
The Big Climb
The Big Climb tells the story of 13-year-old Ella, a rock climber who plans to scale El Capitan with her Dad. El Capitan is a towering rock in California's Yosemite Valley the height of six London Eyes stacked on top of each other, and climbing it is a challenge that even the most seasoned of pro climbers would baulk at.
While the rest of her friends are studying hard in school, Ella is getting to grips with her first experience of big-wall climbing and pushing her body to the limit trying to make it to the top. If she does make it, she'll be the youngest girl to have ever conquered this iconic rock.
Alley Cat Films, 2013Screener
The Floating Hospital
Today we meet Iona, a 15-year-old British girl who sails with her family on The Africa Mercy – a hospital ship that travels the world helping people who need it the most – and Grace, a Congolese teenager whose life has been shattered by the growth of an enormous tumour on her face.
Iona takes us on board her home, exploring everything from the captain’s deck to the engine room as we find out what it’s like to live on such an unusual ship.
Grace and her mum have travelled days from Kinshasa to the ship, hoping that the doctors on board will be able to help. Her life is incredibly difficult; she doesn’t go out or go to school because of the way she looks. But it’s not just about how Grace looks – if she is not treated she may die.
Grace and Iona don’t speak the same language but, somehow, they manage to find a way to overcome the barriers and become friends as Grace waits to find out if the doctors can save her life.
MCC Media, 2014Screener
We Live In A Zoo
In My Life: We Live In A Zoo two siblings reveal what happened when their dad bought their very own zoo when it was threatened with closure.
The film shows what it’s like to live amongst the animals and even follows the family as they travel to Portugal where they track wolves and scour the sanctuaries in the hope of finding a mate for their own wolf back home.
But life at the zoo isn't always easy as the children find out when one of their favourite animals falls ill.
MCC Media, 2014Screener
Nominated for Best Non-Fiction – Prix Jeunesse 2014
Nominated for Children’s Factual – BAFTA 2013
Ruben, Harley and Nicole are three very different twelve year olds, with one very big thing in common. They all have a dream and they won’t let anything stand in the way of it - especially something as unimportant as having Down’s Syndrome.
Having been wrapped up in cotton wool by their parents since they were born, we follow these three extraordinary children over the summer that will change their lives forever.
Mark Three Media, 2012Screener
It Takes Two
Identical twins Imogen and Amelia have been dancing Latin and Ballroom since they were 4 years old and have taken the dance world by storm. Training hard up to four times a week they already have lots of medals under their belts.
But to be the best, the girls have to work harder than everyone else - they were born with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. Although they’re not going to let being smaller hold them back from achieving their dancing dreams!
Mark Three Media, 2015Screener
Children are known for being resilient: falling over, picking themselves up and bouncing back. But what if that wasn’t so easy? Cobie tells the story of Molly and his best friend Adam who are both recovering from a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car and it’s changed each of their lives as they knew it.
We follow these courageous children as they embrace their brain injuries and prove to themselves that with time, they too can recover and that a life changing injury doesn’t
have to mean it’s a life ending one.
Mark Three Media, 2015Screener
My Life Without Hair
Thirteen-year-old Kim and eight-year-old Dan have never met, but they both have alopecia and are growing up without hair. They both find it difficult: Dan doesn’t like the names he gets called, and Kim is so worried people will stare at her that she’s stopped going out – even with her wig on.
They meet at a special summer camp for kids with alopecia, kids just like them who have lost all or part of their hair.
My Life Without Hair follows their journey. As Dan makes new friends at camp, he discovers that he’s pretty happy being bald and faces the prospect of going back to school in a new class with renewed confidence.
Kim is so used to hiding away that it’s hard for her to join in. But when she meets beautiful twelve-year-old Gemma she realises that life really can be okay without hair.
Lambent Productions, 2012Screener
What's A Girl?
Shelby is not a “girly” girl. She likes having short hair, hates wearing make-up and can’t stand pink. And she’s happy that way. But being a different kind of girl hasn't always been easy. In this film she meets different types of girls — a tomboy, a ballet dancer and a wannabe pirate — in an attempt to work out exactly what is a girl.
Lambent Productions, 2013Screener
Stammer School follows children at the internationally renowned Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children as they go through an intensive course of speech and language therapy.
Full of courage, tenacity and humour, the film gives a unique perspective on how stammering affects children’s lives.
Future & Co, 2011Screener
The Kids From Kibera
This is the story of growing up on the streets of Africa's biggest slum – told by the children themselves. You might think this is a depressing place, but nothing could be further from the truth – it's one of the most upbeat and enterprising places on the planet.
Thousands of children call Kibera home, living by their wits every day. Some of them sleep rough while others live in orphanages, but life here really takes place on the streets.
The spirit of ambition here is universal and these kids are talented too! They're acrobats, dancers, writers and they’re very street savvy when it comes to doing business. The Kids from Kibera takes its viewers on an unforgettable journey into this vibrant world. It also reveals that their world isn't so different from ours.
Keo Films North, 2014Screener
In My Life: Signing Off we meet the charismatic, music and drama-loving Ben – who is certainly no ordinary ten year old. Living with two languages is only part of Ben’s story.
He shares with us how it feels to belong to two very different worlds – one of speech and sound and music – and the other – a silent world of signs and a very special culture.
Flashing Lights, 2013Screener
Never Give Up
Never Give Up, is the story of horse-obsessed 13 year-old Kai. He dreams of being an Olympic show jumper but the odds are stacked against him. He has ADHD, has been expelled from school and he and his mum don’t have the money needed to fund his ambition.
Kai discovered his talent for horse riding and, with lessons paid for by a charity, he soon realised that horses keep him calm. He knows that to get to Olympic level he must test himself and with his first ever competition looming he will finally get the chance to see if he has what it takes.
Big Deal, 2016Screener
Champion Of The World
Following Irish dancer Lauren as she competes in the World Championships in Montreal.
She has devoted her life to dancing but the competition is getting really tough.
Tyrone Productions, 2016Screener
- Series Title : My Life
- Format : 24 x 30'
- Year of production : 2016
- Commissioning channels : CBBC
- Availability : 08/04/2016