Air Date: Monday, April 04, 2005
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#109) "Collins Family (U.K. Family)"
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"Collins Family (U.K. Family)" - American viewers will be treated to Jo Frost's return to England in her first episode with a U.K. family since her show's stratospheric success last summer there, and since her rise as a TV phenomenon here in the States. On the "Supernanny" episode airing MONDAY, APRIL 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, the indomitable Jo Frost faces off with some determined children who vow to be the first kids to prove that Supernanny can fail!

Jason and Karen Collins live in Northamptonshire, U.K. with their four unruly children who run the house by mob rule. Ten-year-old Ben, Lauren (nine), Joshua (six) and Joseph (four) keep their stay-at-home mom on her toes all day. Dad Jason is the manager of a British bakery and often doesn't return home from work until 8:00 p.m. or later. Ben and Joseph, the oldest and youngest, are not only aggressive and destructive, but decide to be the first children ever to prove that Supernanny's techniques won't work. After Jo witnesses the Collins kids exhibiting bad behavior -- ranging from regular use of the "f" word to spitting and smashing up the house -- she introduces her strict zero tolerance regime. The children are separated into different naughty zones when they misbehave, and toys and luxury items are confiscated for infractions. Jo not only encounters great resistance from the children, but, surprisingly, tears from mum and dad, as she teaches the family how to get on track with the Supernanny Methods. Will she be able to pull off a miracle?

Supernanny Jo Frost catapulted to fame when the U.K. version of "Supernanny" debuted in 2004, and she's considered by many to be a godsend to U.S. parents and media, counting Oprah Winfrey, Kelly Ripa, Newsweek and reporters nationwide, as well as millions of viewers, among her fans. In addition, her paperback book, Supernanny: How to Get the Best from Your Children, rose to No. 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

On the television program, Jo observes how parents handle their day-to-day obstacles with their children. Once she's assessed the pitfalls, she works with the parents, instilling her tried-and-true methods for transforming unwanted behavior. Then, after demonstrating just how well the new style will work and getting unbelievable results from the children, the parents must fly solo with the Supernanny techniques. For several days they try to implement Jo's suggestions, and she revisits them at the end of the program to help keep them on track for the future. When parents witness Jo's results and -- even better -- achieve them on their own, they are true believers in the Supernanny way. Best of all, children and adults alike can enjoy the lasting benefits of a more harmonious family life.

Nick Powell is the creator and executive producer of both the American and British versions of the show. Craig Armstrong is executive producer of the American version. "Supernanny" is produced by Ricochet, Ltd. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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