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Season 2 / Episode 3 and airs on 01 March 2017 21:00
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.
Wayne and Bobby take a trip to the barbers, as Miriam and Patti head to the local laundry service. Jan attends a session with a psychic guru. The group try yoga, learn Hindi and take advantage of the medical services available. Miriam and Rosemary are shocked by the results from the Doctors. The group have a night out at the Paladio, were Wayne learns more about gay people in India. The group head to the Taj Mahal, with Miriam, Rosemary and Wayne opting to take the train and the others taking a chaffeur-driven car.
The group take part in a laughing yoga session, before heading to Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in India. They also head to the largest slum in Jaipur and attend Ganesh Chaturti Festival. Bobby and Jan go searching for a property. The group discuss what they have learned from their experience, reflecting on their 3-week stay before they head back home to England.
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.
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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