Child of our Time star who lost mum at 8 says show has helped her

Child of our Time star, 20, says BBC documentary has helped her to ‘know’ her mother who died when she was eight – as fellow millennium baby reveals he’s set to be a dad himself

  • Final installment of Child of our Time series meets up with Millennium babies
  • Now 20, two of the show’s stars – Eve and Jamie – reveal where they’re at in life  
  • Appearing on Lorraine, the pair told how the show had had a positive effect on their lives, including enabling Eve to ‘get to know’ her late mum’s personality
  • Jamie, who dealt with diabetes and his parents’ divorce, shared he’s about to become a dad – and said he’s looking forward to documenting his own baby’s life 
  • Lord Robert Winston’s show first began in 2000 and featured 25 babies 

Two of the millennium babies who appear in the final installment of Lord Robert Winston’s Child of our Time documentary have been sharing how the show has changed their lives.   

Eve and Jamie, now both 20, were on ITV’s Lorraine this morning to talk about what it’s been like to grow up with BBC2’s cameras entering their life every four years, saying that while they’re happy the show’s reaching a natural conclusion as they reach adulthood, they’ve got no regrets about taking part. 

Eve Scarborough, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, who tragically lost her mother Caroline when she was just eight, says appearing on the show has given her a chance to get to know her mum via the footage filmed by BBC camerapeople. 

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Precious memories: Eve Scarborough’s journey with the documentary Child of our Time began in 2000 when she was chosen to feature in Lord Robert Winston’s documentary. 20 years on, she told the Lorraine show that losing her mum at eight has made the footage of her extra special

Eve as a youngster with her mother and father, she lost her mum at the age of eight and says that while no amount of home video can replace her, she has got precious memories from the BBC’s footage (Tim and Caroline Scarborough with Eve as a child)

Both Eve and fellow millennium baby Jamie, who’s about to become a dad, said they were pleased the show had come to an end, but they might consider a reunion show in the future

The show first began in 2000, when Lord Winston was perhaps the highest-profile fertility expert in the country, and set out to look at the changes happening to children’s bodies and minds, offering scientific explanations for their behaviour. 

It was thought the series would run ‘for a year, possibly two’ according to Lord Winston, but it’s now made its 20th birthday. 

Sitting on the Lorraine sofa, one of the show’s original 25 babies, Eve, told the ITV television host: ‘I don’t have a great memory of that time [losing her mother]…I’ve filed it away. 

‘But I’ve got the footage and I can not only see how she was as my mum but I can see her talking to camera and talking to other adults, which means I get a better idea of what her personality was like.’

Eve’s mother Caroline with her as a baby in the BBC documentary footage; the 20-year-old, who’s training to be a midwife says she doesn’t have strong memories of her mother


Caroline, during the family’s first ever show in 2000. Right: Eve as a baby

Eve (pictured age two) spoke candidly about discovering she’s gay in the last episode, four years ago

Eve said the chance to see her mother as the ‘whole person’ was a really special experience for her although she admitted no amount of home video could replace her mum.   

She also revealed how it felt coming out as gay on the programme, saying it barely caused a ripple – something that surprised her. 

Four years ago, Eve, who grew up in a very strict Christian community, talked candidly about discovering she’s gay – and described the dilemma of how to tell her dad.  

Eve told Lorraine what it was like to be honest on television about her sexuality: ‘From the show I’m not sure I got any reaction at all. 

‘I’m very lucky to have never had a negative reaction, which I don’t think happens to a lot of people.’  

Professor Robert Winston with the stars of the show four years ago – then teenagers, they’re now 20. Pictured: Charlie, Ivo, Nathan, Alex, Professor Robert Winston, Matt, Eve, Calvin, Het, Rhianna 

The two said it was great to look back at their childhood even the lows; Jamie, set to become a father in the coming months, said he would document his own child’s life

Jamie, left, who has diabetes and witnessed his parents divorce said he had enjoyed sharing his story because it brought people who’ve been through similar things togehter

Jamie, who’s set to become at young father at the age of 20, said he didn’t regret sharing the story of his life so far, including his battle with diabetes and going through his parents’ divorce. 

He told the show: ‘It was nice being able to share it with people, and you’ve got other people’s experiences, you can come together through it’. 

When asked if they would meet up again in four years time for another episode, they both said ‘no’ but didn’t rule out a reunion show at some point.   

 

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