All Seasons

Season 1

  • S01E01 Alabama

    • September 18, 2008
    • BBC Three

    Naomi and Ross must spend a week under the strict regime of the God-fearing Garnett family in Alabama. The teens immediately flout the rules and Ross is livid when dad Mark goes through his belongings. It's the summer holidays but the teens must work in a homeless shelter downtown, and as they never lift a finger at home working hard is a big shock. Though, it is illegal for teens to smoke in Alabama it doesn't stop Naomi asking one of the homeless men for a cigarette. She endures the wrath of Mark when she gets home, while Ross is in trouble for leaving the shelter without permission. But after spending another day at the shelter the teens reflect on their actions and Mark takes them out for some quality 'Daddy' time. The Garnetts' strict but loving regime touches Ross and Naomi and they return home determined to mend their ways.

  • S01E02 Jamaica West Indies

    • September 25, 2008
    • BBC Three

    Sam North, 17, from Brighton, and 16-year-old Charlotte Hart from Essex go to Jamaica to live for a week under the Christian regime of the Roses. Mum Sharon is in charge, but Sam refuses to go to church and humiliates her. He's sent to bed early and Charlotte is homesick and in floods of tears. At school Charlotte writes a terrible piece of work but Sam decides to knuckle down. The school call Sharon in to discuss Charlotte. Humiliated again she's devastated. Sharon tries to get under angry Sam's skin and Charlotte's in tears again. At the weekend it's down to the family farm to toil the soil. The teens realise how little they do at home, and both their attitudes begin to change. Letters from home bring out the tears, as Sam opens up about his troubled background and Charlotte realises how much she takes her mum for granted. TheRoses throw a party and heap praise on the teens, hoping they'll change when they return to the UK.

  • S01E03 Accra, Ghana

    • October 2, 2008
    • BBC Three

    Lizzie and Stefan must spend a week under the strict regime of the Adegas, a typical middle class, Christian family in Ghana. Relationships are forbidden and children must do household chores before school. At school Lizzie gets into trouble for falling behind and as the teens get closer, mum Vida is uncomfortable with their relationship. At the beach Lizzie reveals too much of her body for Vida's liking, but as the week progresses they begin to bond, while Stefan turns into a productive member of the household and, as the teens head home, thanks to the Adegas they're keen to change their ways.

  • S01E04 New Delhi_ Gurgaon, India

    • October 9, 2008
    • BBC Three

    Josh from Tamworth and Charlotte from Bristol experience life in India for a week as guests of the Sharma family. The Sharmas are a strict middle class Hindu family and dad Sanjeev rules his kids with a rod of iron. Education is all important so the British teens are immediately packed off to school with 15-year=old Ankita. Charlotte and school don't mix - she and Josh bunk off their second lesson and are given a dressing down by the head teacher. Sanjeev is furious, as his family name is at stake. Charlotte refuses to go to school while Josh wins a debating contest. As a reward, Josh is allowed out with Sanjeev's nephews but must be back by 9pm. Charlotte agrees to go shopping with Ankita, but wants to come home early. By the end of the week, after a relaxing weekend in the country, Sanjeev breaks through Charlotte's barriers and Josh comes to realise how privileged he is. The teens return to the UK with good intentions to mend their ways.

  • S01E05 South Africa

    • October 16, 2008
    • BBC Three

    Grant Stevens from London and Lucy Dodds from Essex spend a week on an isolated farm in South Africa with the Moolmans, a strict Afrikaans family. Drinking, smoking and going out are forbidden and children must obey their parents at all times. The British teens must attend a traditional private school in the nearest town. It is an exacting regime and it doesn't take long for Lucy to fall foul of the strict 'no make-up' rules. While Grant knuckles down, Lucy digs her heels in and gets expelled. At the house it is a different story, as Lucy throws herself into the chores with gusto while Grant struggles to cope with the physical demands of farm life. After a fiery start to their relationship, dad Hannes and Grant begin to bond. By the end Hannes is the father figure that Grant has always lacked at home. As the teens head home their experience has left them keen to mend their ways. By the end of the week, after a relaxing weekend in the country, Sanjeev breaks through Charlotte's barriers and Josh comes to realise how privileged he is. The teens return to the UK with good intentions to mend their ways.

  • S01E06 Changed My Life

    • October 23, 2008
    • BBC Three

    The teens look back over their experience to see if strict parenting has changed the relationship they have with their own parents.

Season 2

  • S02E01 Atlanta

    • October 15, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E02 India

    • October 22, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E03 Botswana

    • October 29, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E04 Utah

    • November 5, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E05 Israel

    • November 12, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E06 Lebanon

    • November 19, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E07 Belize

    • December 3, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E08 Oklahoma

    • December 10, 2009
    • BBC Three

  • S02E09 Changed My Life

    • December 17, 2009
    • BBC Three

    Over the last eight weeks, World's Strictest Parents sent wayward British teens to experience strict parenting in the far corners of the world. The hope was that firm discipline and rigid boundaries could force them to confront their self-indulgent behaviour. Months after their return to their own families in England, we catch up with teens and recall their experiences and promises, and ask whether or not World's Strictest Parents changed their life?

Season 3

  • S03E01 New Jersey

    • October 11, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as 18-year-old father-to-be Wesley McGillian and sulky, secretive 16-year-old Tamsin Carruthers-Cole travel to New Jersey, USA. For a week they must live under the strict rules of two dads in the Loperleveille family. Dad Joe is a businessman and his partner Scott is a stay-at-home father, looking after their five boys, three adopted and two fostered. The dads believe that clear rules and honest communication is the key to successfully raising their family. They have prepared a set of rules for the British teens to follow that includes no drinking, no drugs and going to bed early. The teens are also asked to take a drugs test, which causes Tamsin to question her past behaviour and the way she has treated her family. Over the week the teens are strictly supervised. Wes starts work at a local deli and babysits a one-year-old boy. Can the dads teach Wesley to grow up and be a man, while teaching Tamsin to tell her mother the truth?

  • S03E02 Barbados

    • October 18, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as Nicole Benham and Nathan Ballance travel to Barbados. For a week they must live under the strict rules of the Harris family. Dad Kenrick is an IT consultant and mum Andrea is a primary school teacher. They raise their two daughters in the spirit of God's love and God's discipline. The Harrises have prepared a set of rules for the British teens to follow that includes no smoking, no drinking, no swearing, and respect for parents. But on the first night Nathan refuses to hand over his cigarettes and Andrea orders him out of the house until he complies with her rules. Things get worse when the teens bunk off school forcing Kenrick to leave work and search for them. Over the week the teens are strictly supervised, attend school and go to work. Can Nicole learn not to run away and face up her problems? Can Nathan learn to earn his keep and respect his mother?

  • S03E03 Sri Lanka

    • October 25, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as angry girl Nicki Stygall and permatanned Jerri MacVeigh travel to Sri Lanka. For a week they must live under the strict rules of the De Zylva family, who are practising Buddhists. Dad Brindley runs a finance company and mum Mandy works in advertising. As Buddhists, they believe it's wrong to covet material things and don't allow their four children mobile phones, computer games, pocket money or birthday presents. The De Zylvas have prepared a set of rules for the British girls to follow that includes no drinking, no smoking and no foul language, and Nicki is immediately riled and clashes with the family. Over the week the teens are strictly supervised - the girls get up at 5am and go to work on a cinnamon plantation, Jerri volunteers at a care home for the mentally disturbed and Nicki visits a Buddhist monk. Can Jerri learn that looks aren't everything and can Nicki learn to control her anger and forgive her mother?

  • S03E04 Florida

    • November 1, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as 18-year-old little princess Anastasia Jones and aggressive 16-year-old Eden Lelliott Moore get new parents in Florida, USA. For a week they must live under the watchful eyes of the Armstrongs, a family of devout Christians. Dad Linzey and mum Jeanie believe in total control of their four children's lives, to prevent corruption from the outside world. So TV and computer games are banned, as are movies such as Harry Potter. The Armstrongs have prepared a set of house rules for the British teenagers banning drink and drugs, swearing, the raising of voices and saying no to Linzey. Anastasia immediately clashes with Jeanie when her cleavage is showing. Over the week the teens are tightly controlled. They work on the Armstrongs' ten-acre ranch and are only allowed strictly supervised visits to the outside world. Can Anastasia learn to grow up and stop saying no? Can Eden learn to master his rage and say sorry to his mother?

  • S03E05 Puerto Rico

    • November 8, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as 16-year-old wild child Rosie Hynd and 18-year-old lazy waster Nick Barrientos get new parents in Puerto Rico. For a week they must live with the Hills, a Christian family who live by the 'if you don't work you don't eat' rule. Dad Ed is a lawyer and his wife Marta is a stay-at-home mum to Ed Junior, daughter Stephanie and son Jeremy. The Hills believe in firm boundaries and expect the teens to abide by their no smoking and no drinking rule. Immediately the teens defy the parents but Ed compromises, sensing the teens have bigger problems. A second conflict erupts, but this time it ends in a twelve-hour stand-off as Ed and Rosie battle it out to establish who rules the roost. Can Nick learn to communicate with his mum and start to grow up? And can Ed teach Rosie to curb her reckless ways and learn to respect her parents?

  • S03E06 Kenya

    • November 15, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as 18-year-old sponger Scott Collison and 17-year-old party girl Billie Spencer get new parents in Mombasa, Kenya. For a week they must live with the Mugazas, a family of traditional African Christians. Dad Dickson runs the city's environmental health department and his wife Faith is a stay-at-home mum. As Christians they believe that respecting one's elders is the foundation of good behaviour. The Mugazas have prepared a set of rules for the British teenagers that include no alcohol, no cigarettes, no piercings, no tattoos, no weird haircuts and no swearing. Scott is immediately asked to remove not just his earrings but also his tattoos. Over the week the teens are tightly supervised. They are woken at 5am for school, while Billie is sent to grandma's house out in the bush as a punishment for smoking and Scott is sent to work for the first time in a year. Can Billie learn that life isn't one long party and will Scott learn to stand on his own two feet?

  • S03E07 Texas

    • November 22, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as 16-year-old Hackney girl-with-attitude Sevda Huseyin and 17-year-old public school dropout Andrew Harwood get new parents in Texas. For one week they must live with the Frazees from San Antonio, a deeply religious family and a pillar of their community. Dad Randy is a charismatic pastor of a megachurch attended by 10,000 people and his wife Rozanne is mum to their three kids - daughter Jennifer, who has left home, and sons David and Austin. During their stay, Muslim Sevda must integrate at the megachurch without even her banned cigarettes to fall back on - a difficult combination. Both of these school dropouts must also attend the preppy Boys and Girls Club of America, an after-school program for those not in state education. Can Andrew overcome his selfish ways and make his parents proud? Can Sevda let down her guard and open up to strangers?

  • S03E08 Holland/Netherlands

    • November 29, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting in another country, as 16-year-old wild child Daniel Eyre and 17-year-old spoilt brat Forrest Talbott get new parents in the Netherlands. For a week they must live with the Van Berkels, a regular hardworking family who believe the key to good parenting is trust. Dad Jan works in insurance and his wife Liesbeth works three jobs and demands that son Frank and daughter Amber to do their bit to add to family life. Parenting in Holland is as tough as anywhere, especially given the country's liberal attitudes to drink, drugs and sex. But the Van Berkels are raising their kids to to believe that excess is for losers and follow a zero tolerance attitude to drugs. They give their kids freedom, but demand responsibility in return. Unsurprisingly, the British teenagers take advantage of the trust placed in them at the first opportunity, but they soon get their comeuppance. Forrest and Daniel must work hard to regain the parents' trust. Can Liesbeth get Daniel to wake up to the consequences of his party lifestyle? And will spoilt Forrest grow up and learn to respect her parents?

  • S03E09 India

    • December 6, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as angry 16-year-old Aron Shave and spoilt 17-year-old Nadia Traboulsi get new parents in India. For a week they must live with the Nanjundayyas in Bangalore, India's Silicon Valley. They are a highly disciplined family who believe in education and ambition. Mum is a businesswoman and dedicated charity worker who, since her husband passed away 15 years ago, has raised her children with the help of her proud extended family - uncle Pradeep and uncle Mukesh - but has never taken her eye off the parenting ball. Despite adapting their traditional family values to a modern society, the Nanjundayyas have a zero tolerance attitude towards bad language and public disorder. So when Nadia and Aron have a huge argument in the school playground, the family are humiliated. Can the Nanjundayyas encourage Aron to control his anger and move on from a death in the family? And will Nadia become less selfish and focus on her education and find her ambition?

  • S03E10 Chicago Illinois

    • December 13, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Two rebellious British teenagers experience strict parenting on the other side of the world, as rule-breaker Alex Miles and selfish diva Dina Darweish get new parents in Chicago. For a week they must live with the Davis family. Dad DeWayne is the pastor of a church in Chicago's West Side, a predominantly African-American neighbourhood. As a man who experienced the trauma of the Chicago riots in the late 60s, he has personal insight into how to resolve conflict. Today, he believes that that the best way to get teenagers to toe the line is to build good relationships with them in a warm, loving family home. But despite their loving nature, the Davises don't back down when it comes to setting firm boundaries. Completely out of his parents' control in the UK, Alex is set for a battle of wills with DeWayne over his lack of respect and dishonesty. Dina learns the value of having a father figure in her life and starts to question the way in which she has been treating her own mum.

  • S03E11 Changed My Life

    • December 20, 2010
    • BBC Three

    Catching up with ten British teens who travelled to the far corners of the globe to live with new parents under strict rules. Six months since the end of their experiences abroad, we find out whether their time away made any difference to their lives at home. From 19-year-old father-to-be Wesley, who, before he stayed with gay dads Scott and Joe, was destined to leave his unborn child fatherless, to tantrum-throwing Rosie, who met her match in Puerto Rico, we catch up on the inside story of the journeys that unfolded and the lessons learned.

Season 4

  • S04E01 Buenos Aires, Argentina

    • November 3, 2011
    • BBC Three

    Two despairing single dads agree to send their out-of-control teenagers to Argentina for a dose of good old-fashioned South American parenting. 17-year-old Remzi Tomlin from Romford in Essex is constantly sponging off his dad, who bankrolls him to the tune of £250 a month. 16-year-old Bryony Harris from West Sussex has such extreme temper tantrums, she has been kicked out of two separate schools. To try to turn their terrible teenagers into mature adults, the desperate dads are sending them 7,000 miles away to live with the Bustamante family in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. But when Bryony threatens to punch the shocked head teacher of the school she attends, it looks like she may need a little more than a change of scene. Can a week away transform the unruly teenagers and how will they behave when they finally return back home?

  • S04E02 Western Cape, South Africa

    • November 10, 2011
    • BBC Three

    Two families at the end of their wick send their disobedient children to South Africa to stay with a lesbian couple, the du Toit de Vos family. 17-year-old British Asian Hamzah Wali is caught between two worlds. His traditional Pakistani family expect him to pray, attend mosque and read the Koran. But Hamzah wants to smoke, drink and date girls. Charlie Denny's parents spent thousands of pounds on her education, but she still flunked out of private school. Her father has multiple sclerosis, but Charlie is too busy getting drunk and no-one talks about it. Gay mum Anna-Marie is a barrister and her partner Suzanne is an artist. They fought the laws against gay couples adopting children - and won. So taking on two rebellious British teenagers is going to be an interesting challenge for them. Hamzah isn't best pleased to find two women telling him what to do. He refuses to participate in family meals, school work and helping around the farm. When Anna-Marie asks him to help plant a tree Hamzah walks off the job and sparks fly. Can a week with the gay mums make Hamzah pull his finger out and get Charlie to open up to her true feelings?

  • S04E03 Delhi, India

    • November 17, 2011
    • BBC Three

  • S04E04 Seattle, USA

    • November 25, 2011
    • BBC Three

  • S04E05 North Carolina, USA

    • December 2, 2011
    • BBC Three

  • S04E06 Silifke, Turkey

    • December 9, 2011
    • BBC Three

  • S04E07 Changed My Life

    • December 16, 2011
    • BBC Three

Additional Specials

  • SPECIAL 0x1 Top Ten Tantrums

    • October 27, 2011
    • BBC Three

    Since 2008, the World's Strictest Parents has taken nearly 50 of Britain's most materialistic, hedonistic, education-shunning, drink-fuelled teenagers to experience traditional parenting in the far-flung corners of the world - and practically every one of them has thrown a teenage temper tantrum somewhere. For this unique episode we invited every teen who has ever taken part in the series to London for an exclusive red carpet cinema premiere. At this rather less-than-royal reunion they get to enjoy, relive and reflect on the top ten biggest tantrums out of all the kids in all the countries - and they are certainly many and varied. From swearing in churches to shouting at teachers and storming out of houses, the teens in this show have certainly taken the 'Best of British' to its extremes on many a foreign shore. For Ross Torry, it's over three years since his parents dispatched him to Alabama in a last-ditch effort to change his selfish ways. His confrontations with the deeply religious Garnett family give us all a cringeworthy reminder of his teenage temper. Meanwhile, Bex Keene and Chezdan Mills get to relive the hell they raised in Atlanta - running out of Sunday School to smoke cigarettes in the woods with bibles on their heads for rain cover - but where will their antics be placed in the running order? Peter Wrigley reacted quite spectacularly to the slums of India, but a few years on is rightfully mortified by his selfish attitudes of old, while London tough girl Sevda Huseyin gets to reflect on her five-hour Texan stand-off when the Frazee family tried to stop her from smoking. We catch up with plenty of the series's favourite teenagers and find out what they think of their temper tantrums and the strict families who tried to tame them, and crucially, how in the long term World's Strictest changed their lives