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Embarking on a journey of a lifetime, this new four-part series sees the group travel thousands of miles to make a new home in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala. Inspired by, but otherwise unrelated to the blockbuster film, the series documents the authentic experience of the eight characters living out their golden years, to test whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.
As they adjust to life in India and to living together, initially the group members all have different opinions on their new surroundings. Rustie and Miriam seem charmed by their first days here, while Paul, Bill and Dennis rise to the challenge with humour and classic one-liners. However Lionel, the oldest member of the group at 87, finds dealing with the realities of living in India unsettling, with animals in the street and piles of rubbish that can distract from the beauty.
The gang continue to settle into Indian life and, for Amanda Barrie's birthday, attend some local theatre performances. Unfortunately, a yoga session triggers Amanda's vertigo, but Kochi has one of the most advanced hopsitals in the country. Lionel Blair, who has also had health issues over the years, investigates Ayurveda, an alternative medicine, while Bill Oddie takes a wildlife trip into the jungle and reveals how exploring the natural world has helped with his mental health problems. Finally, everyone sets off to visit one of India's most spectacular temples - but the journey involves a 13-hour overnight train and a very hairy taxi ride.
Amanda and Rustie visit a local hair salon and meet a bride-to-be getting styled for her big day. The bride invites them to her wedding, so the whole group go to buy traditional clothes. The group attend the Hindu ceremony in their Indian finery despite some wardrobe malfunctions on the way. They are blown away by the spectacle and the importance of family in an Indian marriage union and are touched by how welcome they are made to feel. Miriam and Lionel, who are both Jewish, discover Old Kochi has a surprising connection to their heritage in an area called Jew Town. A visit to the synagogue makes Miriam reflect on the huge impact her own marriage had on her family when she chose to marry outside of the Jewish faith, as her father refused to speak to her for many years. Their tour guide invites them to his home, where Miriam discovers his own painful story of love.
Half of the group visit the dramatic hill stations of the Nilgiri mountains, but the drive involves a treacherous climb that has them on the edge of their seats. Dennis and Paul complete the journey by steam train, arriving in Ooty, the town where snooker was invented.
Bill takes Rustie and Miriam on a wildlife walk in the tea plantations. They are all glad of the cooler climate after the humidity of Old Kochi.
Sheila, Amanda and Lionel attend a Hindu ancestor ceremony, held to remember departed loved ones. Sheila then goes on a flat hunt with her daughter, who is visiting from Dubai, while the others look at a new phenomenon in India - retirement villages.
With the end of their trip approaching, the group hold a final party to thank everyone they have met during their stay.
Paul Nicholas(Paul Nicholas)
Sylvester McCoy(Sylvester McCoy)
Amanda Barrie(Amanda Barrie)
Miriam Margolyes(Miriam Margolyes)
Bill Oddie(Bill Oddie)
Lionel Blair(Lionel Blair)
Rosemary Shrager(Rosemary Shrager)
Roy Walker(Roy Walker)
Wayne Sleep(Wayne Sleep)
Dennis Taylor(Dennis Taylor)
Bobby George(Bobby George)
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