SUPER strict supernanny Jo Frost is every naughty child’s worst nightmare and after eight years she’s back!
The successful show will be returning to our screens after an almost decade-long break. So let’s get to know the TV personality turned author – who invented the concept of the ‘naughty step’…
Who is Jo Frost?
Jo was born on June 27 1971, and has over 27 years of experience as a nanny.
She grew up with her builder dad, interior decorator mum and brother in South West London.
Since 2014, she’s lived in Orange County, California, with her husband Darrin Jackson – who is production manager on her many TV shows.
When is Supernanny returning?
Suppernany will be back on the small screen in New Years – well January 1st to be precise!
Jo was seen in a trailer for the show, which will return with 20 all-new episodes and be aired on Lifetime.
The teaser, which parodies the Taken movies, starring Liam Neeson, sees Frost receiving an ominous phone call while seated in the back of a black SUV.
After being told that “the subject has taken matters into his own hands,” she leaves a Neeson-style message.
She says: “I’m here because I have a specific set of skills. Skills that I have perfected throughout my entire career.”
We then see Frost wearing heels and a smart black suit, stalking up a driveway and into the wreckage of a family home.
Upon entering the home, the British star finds the residence destroyed – and no one to be found.
“If you listen to me now, this whole situation may turn out different for you,” she says on the phone as the trailer cuts to her walking through the house, where she comes across somebody laying on the couch.
“But if you don’t, I will fix that,” she tells the individual, revealed to be a young girl.
“Good luck,” the youngster replies, narrowing her eyes.
Frost told People that she’s ready to get back on the road saying: “I’m looking forward to families across America having access to my parental education surrounding their family challenges, as this country/government is short on providing the resources, staff and funding families so desperately need in society.
“The USA. has changed, it is hurting, families are struggling more, families are less confident then ever.
“The style of the show, the family issues are also over a wider spectrum and cover many different global issues…internet has changed much.”
What has Jo Frost been in?
Jo has been a nanny since 1989, when she was 18 years old.
Her clients have included celebs such as TV producer John Lloyd – who worked on Blackadder and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
The no-nonsense nanny’s big break came in 2004 – when Channel 4 signed her for Supernanny.
On the show, she would visit troubled families and introduce disciplinary and entertainment techniques to help them control their naughty kids.
Not all parenting experts agreed with her techniques – in particular the invention of the ‘naughty step’, which some felt created unnecessary embarrassment.
But the groundbreaking show was an instant success, with six million viewers in its first year, and ran in the UK for six series.
Jo later took her knowledge across the pond, with an American version of the popular show.
But she quit the show in 2011, and was replaced by nursery manager Deborah Tillman.
The nanny also starred in Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance, in 2010, and Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost, in 2013.
The latter show focused on complex issues such as addiction, abuse, martial problems and blended families.
In 2014, Jo started hosting talk show Family Matters – and created a softer image, without her signature sharp suit and finger point.
A year later, she took on another show – based in The Netherlands – called Nanny On Tour.
Jo, who doesn’t have kids herself, has written six books on parenting – including bestseller Supernanny: Getting The Most From Your Children.