Supernanny Jo Frost returns with new series after eight years off-air

Jo Frost is returning with her Supernanny alter-ego after eight years away from the screen – and she's promised to tackle all sorts of problem parenting.

The child behavioural expert will be back on TV with a brand new American series of 20 episodes dealing with troubled kids and their exhausted mums and dads.

In a trailer for the new Supernanny, Jo parodies Liam Neeson's film Taken as she confronts a little girl amid the wreckage of a family home.

She receives a call from a mysterious figure telling her: "It's really bad. The subject has taken matters into their own hands."

As Jo is whisked along a suburban street in a convoy of black SUVs, she tells the operator "put him on now".

"I don't know who you are, but let me tell you what I'm doing here," she says menacingly into the phone.

"I'm here because I have a specific set of skills. Skills that I have perfected throughout my entire career."

She walks into the ruined house as she continues talking quietly on the phone.

"Dealing with people just like you. If you listen to me now, this whole situation may turn out different for you," she tells the person on the other end.

"But if you don't… Oh if you don't, I will fix that," she says as she comes face to face with a girl sitting in an office chair.

The girl leans forward and whispers: "Good. Luck."

Speaking ahead of the launch date, Jo said she has returned as Supernanny in the wake of cuts in government spending in the US.

"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," she said.

"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… [the] internet has changed much," Jo added.

*Supernanny airs from January 1 at 10pm on Lifetime

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