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Banijay’s Secret Life uncovered in Japan

The Secret Life of Four Year Olds launched on Channel 4 in 2015

A Japanese broadcaster is set to air a local version of Banijay Rights format The Secret Life of Four Year Olds.

Pubcaster NHK will launch the show this weekend on its general channel following an agreement between Banijay Rights and NHK Enterprises.

The deal was completed by Samia Moktar, sales manager at Banijay Rights. It comes after local versions of the format have been produced in France, Spain, the Netherlands, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium and Denmark.

Takako Ishikawa, senior producer in NHK’s global content development division, said: “The original Secret Life of Four Year Olds has won many fans in Japan and this response means we have decided to create a local version.”

Ishikawa added that the programme “captures children’s emotions and relationships with rich and colourful moments in a unique approach.”

The show, originally produced by RDF Television, made its debut on UK broadcaster Channel 4 in 2015. It sees 10 four-year-old children meet for the first time at nursery and captures their interactions in unprecedented, intimate detail.

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