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Secret Life of Growing Up

The surprising story of human development

Packed with stories of human resilience and reinvention, these two films reveal how humans grow from children into adults. For humans, the process of growing up is the most dramatic in the animal kingdom. We’re the only species that needs a ‘teen age’ to accommodate the extreme changes that occur in our bodies and brains. Secret Life of Growing Up meets the people who illustrate how we mature, from the five-year-old girl whose verbal skills saved her mother’s life on a call to the emergency services, to the 100-year-old woman whose yoga practice keeps her young. Each story is presented with the stunning Secret Life of … cinematography that makes the ordinary seem extraordinary.

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Secret Life of Growing Up

Secret Life of Growing Up - Episodes

Secret Life of Growing Up -  Teenagers Episode 1 – Teenagers

Growing up is the most astonishing transformation: one moment we’re cute and cuddly bundles of joy and everybody loves us, but next we’re bursting with emotions, and spots, and everybody hates us - or so it seems! Scientists are only now discovering the many extraordinary things that happen to us as our bodies grow, and our minds mature, revealing these years are what make us who we become as adults, in all our amazing detail.

Secret Life of Growing Up - Golden Age Episode 2 – Golden Years

We’re all living longer - at least one baby born this year will likely reach 150 - so what we think of as ‘old’ is changing, and while we’re often told that we can be as young as we feel, science is now proving this has never been truer. We’ll reveal the extraordinary secrets of aging so that you never see ‘growing old’ in the same way again.

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