With a combined age of 556, they are hardly your usual band of intrepid pioneers. But these eight aging celebrities are setting off on a foreign adventure as part of a new BBC reality-style show. The Real Marigold Hotel follows the fortunes of Miriam Margolyes, Wayne Sleep, Sylvester McCoy, Roy Walker, Rosemary Shrager, Bobby George, Patti Boulaye and Jan Leeming as they set up home in India to decide whether they could spent their retirements in the country.
Jet set: The stars of BBC's The Real Marigold Hotel, from left, Sylvester McCoy, Bobby George, Wayne Sleep, Rosemary Shrager, Miriam Margolyes, Jan Leeming, Roy Walker and Patti Boulaye in Jaipur, India
Expats: The reality TV show was inspired by the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Pictured (from left) Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy in the sequel The three part series, which begins on BBC Two later this month, is based on the hit film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which starred Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilson, as their characters moved to India for their golden years.
The series will see the celebrities live together in a haveli – an Indian private mansion – in Jaipur, 4,200 miles away from home, friends and family. Their three weeks in the city see them battle not only scorching temperatures, which can reach 45C in the summer months, but also the culture shock as they try to get to grips with the rhythms of a modern Indian life.
Posted : 20th January 2016