When I Grow Up

Series 1 - Episode 3



It’s the last of the instructive social experiments in which kids do adult jobs, and the new gang are trying out a profession where childish dishonesty and over-competitiveness simply won’t be tolerated: estate agency. As the team of eight-year-olds take over a top firm in well-to-do Harrogate, it’s a relief to discover that the disparity in their parents’ wealth isn’t the focus for once – everyone has good and bad qualities, with huge potential underneath.

That leads to some choice scenes, both comic and affecting. Contrived as it may be, when a nervous boy is given the responsibility of closing a telephone negotiation with the office’s whole (adult) staff looking on, it’s a real hold-your-breath moment.


Documentary in which primary school children join the workforce as part of a social experiment in social mobility. This time they get a taste of the property world at the head office of Hunters estate agent in York. Their responsibilities include overseeing the Harrogate branch for an afternoon, marketing two new properties, running an open house and negotiating a six-figure property deal. Can this brief experience of an aspirational career affect how the youngsters see themselves and their place in the social pecking order? Last in the series.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Nick Hornby