Born Naughty?

Born Naughty? starts Thursday 14th May at 8pm on Channel 4.

One in 20 British children aged between five and 16 have serious behavioural issues, ranging from refusing to eat or do what they are told, to swearing, hitting and breaking things.

This new 4-part series sees Embarrassing Bodies‘ Dr Dawn Harper team up with paediatrician Dr Ravi Jayaram.  The doctors offer much-needed assistance to families who believe that their child’s conduct has a clinical cause, such as ADHD or autism, and find them a diagnosis, be it a medical condition or more common behavioural issues.

If your child has behavioural issues and you’d like to be considered for any possible future series of Born Naughty?, please email

What the critics said…

“It was heartbreaking to watch. A crucial lesson for us all that there are some issues even the most committed and well-meaning parents in the world can’t combat alone.”
Isabel, Mohan, The Telegraph

“I think a lot of parents watching Born Naughty? will be thinking: you know what, it might not always seem like it, but we actually have it pretty easy.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“Born Naughty? not only provides schadenfreude-solace for parents of slightly better-behaved brats, but also hope for all. Apparently, there’s no wild child who can’t be tamed with some intensive professional help.”
Ellen E Jones, The Independent

“It conveyed a real sense of families at the end of their tether, who had sacrificed everything to help their child and realised it still wasn’t enough… This documentary – the first of four – could mark the beginning of a more responsible and intelligent attitude to parenting programmes.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“It was, in the main, a fascinating look at family relationships and, hopefully, did a favour to the people involved. It also made you feel for those troubled families who don’t have access to the experts and are stuck with the half-baked opinions of everyone else.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express