Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents

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Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents
Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents Title Card.jpg
FormatDocumentary
Narrated byRussell Tovey
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes21 (as of 19 February 2013 (2013-02-19))
Production
Producer(s)Angela Norris
Running time60 mins
Production company(s)Zodiak Media Group
Broadcast
Original channelBBC Three
Picture formatPAL (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original run4 January 2011 (2011-01-04)
present
External links
Production website
 
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Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents
Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents Title Card.jpg
FormatDocumentary
Narrated byRussell Tovey
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes21 (as of 19 February 2013 (2013-02-19))
Production
Producer(s)Angela Norris
Running time60 mins
Production company(s)Zodiak Media Group
Broadcast
Original channelBBC Three
Picture formatPAL (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original run4 January 2011 (2011-01-04)
present
External links
Production website

Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents (sometimes misinterpreted as Sun, Sea and Suspicious Parents) is a British documentary/reality television series first aired in early 2011 on BBC Three. The concept of the programme is that people in their late teens and early twenties go on their first girls'/lads' holiday abroad under the belief that they are getting away from their parents - however their parents are also sent to the holiday destination and secretly watch footage of their children on video screens, and also often spy in their hotel rooms and at nightclub locations. The parents then reveal themselves on the last night of the holiday, to the dismay of the children, and tell them what they've seen and what they've learnt.

Contents

Series 1 (2011)

Series 1 first aired on BBC Three on 4 January 2011, having been filmed throughout the summer season of 2010.[1]

Episode No.Holiday LocationAirdateViewing figures
1
Malia
4 January 2011 (2011-01-04)883,000
The first episode follows Joe Major and Millie Butler, both 18 years old and on a holiday to Malia with their respective groups of friends. [2] 
2
Ibiza
11 January 2011 (2011-01-11)834,000
Rob Watson and Hollie Hutton escaping with their friends to the party island of Ibiza. Rob's parents reveal themselves to Rob and his friends in a strip bar.[3] 
3
Ayia Napa
18 January 2011 (2011-01-18)N/A
David Canning and Greg Salmon with their groups of friends travel to Ayia Napa. It is revealed on the last day when filming had stopped that Greg had jumped out of a window into shallow pool for a dare leaving him hospitalised causing him to postpone going to university for a year. He made a full recovery.[4] 
4
Kavos
25 January 2011 (2011-01-25)N/A
18-year-old party girls and lifelong friends Becky and Chelsea from Nottingham are about to head off on their first parent-free holiday to celebrate the end of their A-levels. With their mates in tow they're off to Kavos in Corfu for what they hope will be holiday to remember.[5] 
5
Zante
1 February 2011 (2011-02-01)804,000
On the Greek island of Zante, shy and sheltered James takes his first holiday away from his self-confessed over-protective parents and party girl Jenn celebrates the end of her A-levels before she heads off to university.[6] 
6
Magaluf
8 February 2011 (2011-02-08)881,000
In the final trip of the series Kiran and Rhys hit Magaluf, while their parents secretly look on.[7] 
7
After the Holiday
10 February 2011 (2011-02-10)N/A
A look back at the first series, in this episode, the parents and the teens talk about their experiences on the show and what happened after.[8] 

Series 2 (2012)

Series 2 premiered on BBC Three on 25 January 2012 having been filmed throughout the summer season of 2011. The series consists of seven episodes.

Episode No.Holiday LocationAirdateViewing figures
1
Kos
25 January 2012 (2012-01-25)N/A
The first episode followed two teens from different backgrounds. 18-year-old Sophie from Sussex left behind her strict Jehovah's Witness parents for her first holiday without them, while in London 19-year-old exhibitionist and mummy's boy Ronnie looked forward to the freedom of his first lads' holiday. One glass throwing incident in particular caused uproar between both sets of parents. [9] 
2
Malia
1 February 2012 (2012-02-01)899,000
It's booze, boys and bad behaviour in the party town of Malia, Crete. 18-year-old geezer Andy from London leaves behind his doting mum for the holiday of a lifetime with his best mates, while 19-year-old Lancashire wild child Adina escapes the clutches of her over-protective mum for her first girls' holiday. Andy competes with his friends to see who can seduce the most women, while Adina has one thing on her mind - boys. With mum out of the picture she is on a man hunt.[10] 
3
Kavos
8 February 2012 (2012-02-08)1,094,000
It's sun, sex and seriously bad behaviour in Kavos. 18-year-old Asher from south west Wales is leaving behind his doting mum for a blowout week with his rugby mates before leaving for university, whilst in Cambridge 18-year-old hairdresser Charlie who is a virgin is escaping his overprotective parents. Neither of the boys suspect that their parents are also travelling to Kavos and are secretly watching all their antics. Asher spends the week trying not to get lucky as he is determined to stay faithful to his girlfriend whilst Charlie is the exact opposite and hopes to make the holiday one he will never forget.[11] 
4
Ayia Napa
15 February 2012 (2012-02-15)1,261,000
This episode is from the ultimate hotbed of hedonism - Ayia Napa. As the holiday kicks off, 20 year old Lyndsey and her girlfriends hit the town ready to meet some boys. A late night pool party leads to some late night antics, and the girls finally head back to the apartment at 7am. Meanwhile, after missing a flight from Gatwick, 18 year old Tom Price and the boys are playing catch up, with sambuca and tequila to help them along the way. The drinks are flowing and Tom tries his moves out in a local nightclub. But less than six hours into the holiday and it's down to best mate Rhys to carry a legless Tom home.[12] 
5
Ibiza
22 February 2012 (2012-02-22)1,421,000
Two young adults travel to Ibiza on their first independent holiday, unaware their parents are observing their every move. Ollie from Portsmouth celebrates his birthday by drinking heavily and kissing several girls, while Shannon's father becomes increasingly angry at his daughter's excessive alcohol consumption and skimpy outfit.[13] 
6
Zante
29 February 2012 (2012-02-29)1,051,000
In this episode - Alex from Newcastle is involved in an alcohol-fuelled argument with her friends, while Sophie from Brighton gets acquainted with some Italian boys in the pool, much to her Christian mother and father's concern.[14] 
7
After the Holiday
7 March 2012 (2012-03-07)764,000
A look back at the second series, in this episode, the parents and the teens talk about their experiences on the show and what happened after.[15] 

Series 3 (2013)

The BBC began recruiting for a new series called The Big Vacation during 2012.[16]

This was later confirmed to be the third series of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents, consisting of eight episodes. The series began on 8 January 2013 at 9pm, include seven holiday episodes and one recap episode which will include the best participants from the series. [17] The BBC confirmed these reports on 4 December 2012 when they advertised new programmes being introduced to the channel, which included a short clip from the new series of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents.

Episode no.Holiday LocationAirdateViewing figures
1
Magaluf
8 January 2013 (2013-01-08)972,000
Jemma, 19, from Burnley and Ashley, 18, from Cardiff head to Magaluf, Majorca
2
Malia
15 January 2013 (2013-01-15)1,130,000
Dale from Manchester and Tom from Stoke-On-Trent head for a week in Malia, Crete
3
Zante
22 January 2013 (2013-01-22)1,045,000
Kieran, 18, from Norwich and Natasha from Southend-on-Sea head for a week in Zante
4
Kos
29 January 2013 (2013-01-29)965,000
Mummy's girl Chani, 18 and Max, 18 from Kent go for a week's partying on the Greek island of Kos. 
5
Zante
5 February 2013 (2013-02-05)872,000
Two 18-year-old boys; builder Phil from Liverpool and openly gay Cian from Cheltenham, who have completely different lives, head off to the Greek party island of Zante
6
Kavos
12 February 2013 (2013-02-12)1,036,000
Two 19-year-olds; Ollie who lives in Bath and Katy who lives in Basildon head off for week in Kavos. 
7
Ayia Napa
19 February 2013 (2013-02-19)
Londoner Ashleigh and Tom, from Bolton head off to the clubbing capital of Cyprus; Ayia Napa. 
8
After the Holiday
26 February 2013 (2013-02-26)
A look back at the third series, in this episode, the parents and the teens talk about their experiences on the show and what happened after. 

Viewing figures

The 2012 series regularly hit high viewing figures for a digital television programme. The Ayia Napa episode was the "most watched multichannels show" of 15 February 2012 with 1.15 million viewers, beating The Only Way Is Essex.[18] The Malia episode had 899,000 viewers whilst the Ibiza episode was reportedly the most watched programme of the series, with 1.42 million viewers according to BARB.

On BBC Three in the UK, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents was the number one unscripted show of 2012, doubling the slot average and was also the most requested show on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service during February 2012.[17]

Press reviews

The programme has been met with many national reviews. The Metro called the programme "brilliantly tacky" and said it's enough to make people "practically wet themselves with excitement".[19] However, not all reviews were so light-hearted with The Guardian calling it "one to miss" [20] and The Independent saying it's "one of BBC3's more obnoxious offerings". [21]

Transmissions

SeriesStart dateEnd dateEpisodes
14 January 201110 February 20117
225 January 20127 March 20127
38 January 201326 February 20138

References

  1. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  2. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Malia". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Ibiza". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Ayia Napa". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Kavos". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  6. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Zante". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Magaluf". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – After the Holiday". BBC Three. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – Kos". BBC Three. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  10. ^ "Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents: Malia". BBC Three. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents, Kavos". BBC Three. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents, Ayia Napa". BBC Three. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  13. ^ "Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents, Ibiza". Radio Times. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  14. ^ "Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents, Zante". Radio Times. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  15. ^ "Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents, After The Holiday". Radio Times. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  16. ^ "BBC - Be on a show - The Big Vacation". BBC. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  17. ^ a b "Zodiak Rights - Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents". Zodiak Rights. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  18. ^ "Latest 'Only Way Is Essex' grabs nearly 950k on ITV2". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  19. ^ "The Metro – Tv Review: Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents". The Metro. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  20. ^ "The Guardian – BBC3 - the unlikely home of quality documentaries". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  21. ^ "The Independent – Last Night's Viewing: Natural World, BBC2 Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents, BBC3". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 

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