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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.
First-time curry eater Bob struggles to adjust to the Indian diet, and the Krankies find dealing with the realities of living in India unsettling. Stanley embraces his first few days, swimming alongside the locals and throwing himself into the challenge with good humour, alongside Syd, who enjoys immersing himself into the local way of life. Selina, who is used to living on her own, finds the group-living arrangements quite a test. Some of the group head to Jodphur, where Bob visits one of India's oldest polo clubs, and they also visit the world-famous Mehrangarh Fort, which astounds Selina and Stanley. Meanwhile, Stephanie, Syd and Peter visit one of the oldest ashrams in the region.
It's the second week in India, and the senior citizens have settled into their new home and are embracing life in Udaipur. Having found their feet with group living, they go in search of their favourite pastimes. Syd, Bob and the Krankies head to the local park, and realise the benefits of living in a warm country as they get stuck into exercising outdoors, and Stanley, Peter and Selina decide to tackle the language and try their hand at Hindi. The group receive a grand invitation from the maharanah and are invited to mingle with Udaipur's high society at the City Palace, where entertainer Janette Krankie wastes no time in showing off her dancing skills. Cricket lover Stanley makes a friend at the local cricket club and proves that age is no barrier to being at the crease, as he gets in his whites and has a crack against the local team.
The group are now settled into life in Udaipur and are ready to explore further afield. Country lovers Bob, Susan and Selina want to see more of rural Rajasthan and head into the hills to go horse riding and camping, but it is not quite the trip they imagined. Over the campfire they open up about the difficult times in their lives. Meanwhile, in Udaipur, Syd and Ian continue their Indian cookery lessons, Stanley relives his youth on the back of a motorcycle, and Stephanie explores her inner self through meditation. The group end the week with a trip to Gujarat for one of India's biggest annual festivals, Navratri, but to get there involves a 12-hour journey on a sleeper train. After attempting to learn a Gujarati folk dance, they get kitted out in traditional costumes and join thousands of worshippers for a night of celebrations for the Hindu warrior goddess Durga.
After a month of testing the waters to see whether they could live a life of retirement in India, the group's stay is coming to an end. The senior citizens make the most of their last week together, with some enjoying the last of what the local city has to offer while others are setting off on ventures further afield. Susan, Syd and the Krankies visit the pilgrimage town of Pushkar, where loved ones are remembered and relationships are celebrated. Closer to home, Bob delves into the world of natural medicine and has his first Ayurvedic treatment. Stephanie continues her spiritual journey and takes Susan to see a palmist and astrologer, while Stanley organises a final cricket match between the senior citizens and their new local friends. The month comes to an end with a final party and a musical rendition from Syd.
Paul Nicholas(Paul Nicholas)
Stephanie Beacham(Stephanie Beacham)
Sylvester McCoy(Sylvester McCoy)
Amanda Barrie(Amanda Barrie)
Susan George(Susan George)
Peter Dean(Peter Dean)
Miriam Margolyes(Miriam Margolyes)
Bill Oddie(Bill Oddie)
Lionel Blair(Lionel Blair)
Rosemary Shrager(Rosemary Shrager)
Roy Walker(Roy Walker)
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