One of my favourite shows is Gogglebox. It offers a snapshot of daily life and how real people think in a way that a deliberately constructed focus group cannot. Any politician wanting to see why their stock has fallen amongst the eyes of the public could do worse than see what the concerns are of the people watching them.

Of course, the biggest challenge when you have a successful format is the need to spin it off. Hence why, following a successful Christmas special, we have a series of Gogglesprogs. As with its parent show, there has been careful casting, with kids from across the nation, ethnic groups and classes taking part.

Obviously, with the cast all being 12 or under, there is more care taken as to what they watch. No documentaries on nudism or fetishes, films strictly family orientated, no Tom Hiddleston humping his way through The Night Manager. There is still plenty of space for documentaries and news stories though.

I have to confess for having less of a fondness for Sprogs. Perhaps it is my own allergy to children that means any noise or half-baked comment lacks the charm it has on others. Still, it has led to a new game of mine, which is imagine the child as an adult. For instance, Sam’s insistence of using frat boy language, like dude, bro and douche, being juxtaposed with his opulent surroundings has all the hallmarks of a future David Cameron.

Having said that, there are moments that fill me with hope. It is interesting that how, when confronted with anything different, the kids all seem to be quite happy to let people be people. The adults on Gogglebox are quick to judge and label. Children have a remarkable tolerance for diversity, at least in theory anyway. It does make you wonder how racism or homophobic ideas ever come about when they are virtually non-existent in pre-teens.

An interesting experiment would be to have their parents watch the same shows but separately, and then come together and compare reactions afterwards. Not only would it help my game significantly, but it would be interesting to see how much of the children’s worldview is coming from their parents and how much from the wider world. It would be like 7Up, but where we gauge a child’s future on what they make of the EU referendum rather than a broad interview. Channel 4, if you like the sound of this, call me. I’m open to offers.

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