My Life

Confirmed for CBBC on 17 February at 5.15pm to 5.45pm

Ep 1/7

Wednesday 17 February



The critically acclaimed My Life series returns to CBBC with seven brand-new films, featuring incredible children with amazing, inspiring, poignant and thought-provoking stories.

The first episode, Never Give Up, is the story of horse-obsessed 13 year-old Kai. He dreams of being an Olympic show jumper but the odds are stacked against him. He has ADHD, has been expelled from school and he and his mum don’t have the money needed to fund his ambition.

Kai discovered his talent for horse riding and, with lessons paid for by a charity, he soon realised that horses keep him calm. He knows that to get to Olympic level he must test himself and with his first ever competition looming he will finally get the chance to see if he has what it takes.

The film follows his journey as he mentally and physically prepares for the competition. He gets taught how to walk a course with professional show jumper Tim Stockdale, while his sponsor, top international dressage rider and trainer Emile Faurie, gives him some invaluable words of advice.

Even though Kai has lots of support, he knows that when the competition day comes around it will just be him and his favourite horse Gypsy against other riders with a lot of experience. How will he cope when the pressure is on, and how does he react when obstacles are thrown in his way? Will it all be too much for him or will he keep going?

More in the series...

My Life: Marvellous Messy Minds (Weds 2 March, 5.15pm - 5.45pm)
Mental illness affects thousands of people in the UK. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lives, but it’s a condition we usually associate with adults - little is heard about children with conditions like anxiety and OCD, despite numbers being on the rise.

This insightful and remarkably honest film follows Libby, Oliver and Ethan to find out how their mental health affects their lives and their determination not to let it hold them back.