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Changed My Life

We catch up with ten terrible teenagers and find out if their experiences of strict parenting abroad made any lasting change on their lives back home.

Hamzah Wali's traditional Pakistani parents wanted their son to pray at the mosque and read the Koran, but Hamzah was more interested in smoking, drinking and chasing girls. Along with 17-year-old Charlie Denny he was sent to South Africa to stay with gay mums Anna-Marie and Suzanne. Sparks flew when Hamzah tried to skive off work and Anna-Marie faced up to him.

17-year-old Shola Bruce-Coker was obsessed by her image. She was failing her exams and on a fast track to nowhere. Joining her to stay with the strict Virk family in India was shy Joiee Birch, who used alcohol as a social prop. A storm broke over Shola's head when she refused to wear a headscarf to the memorial service for dad Ashwani's dead father. Ashwani marched her out of the apartment and shut the door.

16-year-old Bryony Harris was an angry young lady. Kicked out of school for bad behaviour, she was diagnosed with ADHD. She had given up on education, on work and on life. Bryony and money-mad Remzi Tomlin were sent to stay with the Bustamante family in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Connor Jones was a dope fiend and a teen dad. Connor spent all his time and money on feeding his addiction instead of his son Louis. Did his trip to stay with Christian fundamentalists the Smith Irwin's, in the leafy suburbs of Seattle, change his attitude for good?

Tough cookie Georgie Weare was angry and aggressive and always got her way. She spent a week in North Carolina, USA with a Chinese-American family, the Li's.

Three months after their return we catch up with all the teens to see if their experiences have made any lasting impression.

57 minutes

Last on

Mon 19 Dec 2011 20:00


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerEve Kay
Executive ProducerEve Kay