Boys and Girls Alone was a British reality TV programme made for Channel 4 and first broadcast in 2009. Dubbed "Kid Brother" by the press, for its similarity to the channel's major show Big Brother.
A four-part series, the programme featured 20 children aged between eight and eleven, living without adults in a pair of "villages", one for each sex.
During the last three episodes each group had a task to complete. They were given the responsibility of money, a three day camping trip which included the girls skinning and eating a rabbit and the boys fishing for food, and in the finale, living with the opposite sex.
During the first few days one of the boys left because he couldn't cook.
The series attracted considerable press attention over allegations of "child abuse and cruelty". As a result, the UK government has "ordered a review of child employment laws". Although there was much dispute over the fact that boys and girls would be living alone, they were provided with food, money and hygiene equipment, and there were trained chaperons that would step in if a child's safety was compromised. The UK regulator for TV and Radio OFCOM received over 180 complaints regarding the points stated above.