Network TEN will premiere its new Kids’ TV series Outback 8 which features 4 Aussie kids and 4 British kids learning to become jackaroos.
The series, shot at the Australian Agricultural College, Longreach, is a co-production between TEN and the BBC.
The 8 kids aged from 12 – 14 years are trained by David Manchon, lead rider from the Australian Outback Spectacular and student Ingrid O’Neill. While the Aussie kids are pretty blase about everything, the British kids are awestruck, to say the least, by the temperature, orange dust, yellow grass and ….finding ants in their microwave.
Most of the show is observational in style, thankfully devoid of elimination-style shows. While talk about the inclusion of minors in reality TV circulates, this show appears to have its sights set on educational value, particularly for UK children. Even the ABC is making a co-production with the Brits for children, Escape from Scorpion Island.
Outback 8 premieres at 4pm on Monday September 22nd.