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Holding Back the Years is a series looking at the experiences of growing older in Britain today, and how they've changed over the decades. Each episode sees a different 60 plus year old celebrity explore a particular aspect of getting old that interests and affects them most – from relationships and family to health and wellbeing, pensions and money, to simply looking in the mirror and seeing a ‘new' old you. Through meeting inspirational characters, unearthing long lost archive clips and visiting places that do amazing work helping the elderly, the series seeks to take an uplifting, look at a subject often ignored, while offering fantastic takeout for viewers of all ages.

Station: BBC One (GB)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2017-03-27

Holding Back the Years Air Dates

S01E02 - Angela Rippon Air Date: 28 March 2017 08:15 -

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In this episode, Angela Rippon travels to Devon to take a thought-provoking look at the different ways people can retire in Britain today, as well as meeting those who simply do not want to. First, she visits a luxury type of senior living for the lucky ones who can afford it. Helping out at a local charity shop, Angela meets a pensioner who leads a very frugal life and who shares some of her unusual money-saving tips. Finally, Angela heads to the local hospital to meet an 83-year-old nurse who has no intention of retiring, and she speaks to Martyn Rogers of Age UK, who has advice on how people of all ages should be thinking about their retirement now.

S01E03 - Ainsley Harriott Air Date: 29 March 2017 08:15 -

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In this edition, Ainsley Harriott returns to his boyhood home in Wandsworth in south London. There, he visits a community centre bringing some Caribbean sunshine to London. He also meets 100-year-old Helen Clare, who made a name for herself as a singer during the Second World War, and takes her to the London hotel she first sang in over 70 years ago, and where he has arranged a magical surprise for her.

S01E04 - Arlene Phillips Air Date: 30 March 2017 08:15 -

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In this edition, Arlene Phillips returns to her home city of Manchester to meet people who are determined to live life to the full whatever their age. Arlene tries indoor skydiving with a group of ladies who say yes to almost anything. She meets a woman in her 60s considering yet another cosmetic procedure and talks to 71-year-old Jenny-Anne Bishop OBE, a transgender woman who left it late in life to make the full transition. Finally, Arlene retraces her steps to when she first moved to London and meets businesswoman Debbie Moore, head of the iconic Pineapple Dance Studios.

S01E05 - Bill Turnbull Air Date: 31 March 2017 08:15 -

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In this episode, Bill Turnbull travels to Edinburgh to expose some of the fake news about health in old age. He meets the pensioners involved in a unique experiment that dates back to the 1940s and looks at how the results it is producing today could help the scientific breakthroughs of tomorrow. He gains access to a virtual hospital whose team monitor and treat patients - someof whom live hundreds of miles away - from a central HQ. And he explores the ways of fighting the ageing process, from the OAP gym bunnies and mediation through yoga to the ways technology is revolutionising mobility issues in old age.

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