The Henry Experiment (omnibus)


2015022820190609 (BBC7)
20190610 (BBC7)
A mother (Emma Fielding) fears that a child parenting expert (Matthew Marsh) is endangering his own seven-year-old son Henry by testing out his theories of early independence on him.

When Anna finds a boy alone and barefoot on Hampstead Heath, she accompanies him home for his own safety. But she is horrified to discover that he was left there on purpose to develop his independence, by his father, the famous parenting expert Professor Horace Henderson.

A thriller which asks whether our society bubble wraps children, whether we have the right to interfere in other people's children's lives and how we become parents with the spectres of our own childhoods still looming over our shoulders.

Based on the novel by the journalist Sophie Radice and adapted by award-winning writer Charlotte Jones.

Anna... Emma Fielding
Henderson... Matthew Marsh
Henry... Finn Monteath
Mother... Elaine Claxton
David... Ian Conningham
Jason... Paul Heath
Policewoman... Hannah Genesius

Omnibus producer: Liz Webb

First broadcast in five parts on BBC Radio 4 in 2015.

A mother worries that a child parenting expert wants her young son to be too independent.