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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.
Britt Ekland, Duncan Bannatyne, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Paul Elliott, Henry Blofeld, John Altman, Susie Blake and Barbara Dickson arrive in India and get their first taste of the chaotic traffic on the bus to Puducherry and their new home by the sea. Although Britt struggles with the heat and Paul is struck down with an upset stomach, the group throw themselves into their new surroundings ready to embrace retired life in India.
The group begin their second week, having settled into their new home on the coast of Puducherry. Henry Blofeld is keen to find a cure for an old injury, so he and Paul Chuckle visit a local hospital where western medicine is combined with yoga. Paul also braves the chaotic roads as he throws himself headlong into his first Indian driving lesson, while Britt Ekland and Zandra Rhodes explore the more spiritual side of their temporary home. Later in the week, some of the group catch the sleeper train to Madurai, where they enjoy the wild celebrations of the famous Chithirai festival.
The friends go all out to make Susie's birthday a night to remember, and as the celebration begin, Britt is keen to show she still has what it takes by showing off her singing and dancing talents. The senior citizens also head to Chennai, where Zandra is reunited with a friend from 40 years ago and Henry relives some difficult memories of his last overseas broadcast at the city's famous cricket ground. Back in Puducherry, John and Duncan test their fitness by jumping on their bikes, while Paul, revelling in the chaos of the Indian roads, decides to take his mock Indian driving test.
Saying goodbye to Puducherry, the celebs journey north to the foothills of the Himalayas for their final week in India. Following a treacherous drive up narrow, winding roads, they arrive at their new home on the outskirts of Rishikesh, ready to experience the spiritual side of life in Northern India. After starting the next day with an outdoor group meditation session among the wild monkeys and spectacular views, Duncan and John waste no time exploring the bustling town of Rishikesh, which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world.
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