A GROUP of East Lancashire teenagers were shocked to hear their first holiday away from home was being viewed in detail by their parents.
BBC Three’s new series of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents airs tonight featuring four Accrington youngsters celebrating their first taste of freedom.
The trip to Magaluf saw the TV crew convince the group they would get a free holiday in return for some fun footage of young people on holiday.
What the group didn’t know was that their parents had come along too — and were watching every detail of their children’s holidays.
Accrington and Rossendale College students Liam Gaskin, 19, and Jemma Chadwick, 20, decided to plan the holiday to celebrate the end of their Tourism and Leisure studies this summer.
Together with friends Elle Outerside, 18 and Kandis Barrat, 19, they headed to the Majorcan resort.
Liam, who attended Mount Carmel High School with lifelong friends Jemma and Elle, said: “We knew there were going to be cameras around but it was a complete shock to us to see our parents had been watching everything.
“I won’t ruin the surprise but it was very, very embarrassing. Basically we all just wanted to run away.
“We did have a great holiday, though, and it was just a learning experience.”
Previous series of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents have taken place in some of the world’s liveliest resorts.
It was the top unscripted show of 2012 and was also the most requested show on BBC’s iPlayer catch-up service.
The format sees people in their late teens and early twenties go on their first holiday abroad to various locations under the belief that they are getting away from their parents. However, their parents are also sent to the holiday destination and secretly watch footage of their children on video screens, and also often spy in their hotel rooms and at nightclub locations.
The parents then reveal themselves on the last night of the holiday to the dismay of the young holidaymakers.
The Magaluf episode is on tonight at 9pm on BBC Three.