Thursday, 9 February 2017

Amanda Barrie back on our screens next week!


I'm so pleased with this news. Late last year it was announced that the BBC's travel documentary series The Real Marigold Hotel would be back for a second series in 2017. Why am I blogging about this? Well apart from being a big fan of the first series, the second will feature a real fan favourite and star of of two of my passions - Carry On and Coronation Street. Yes, I'm talking about the lovely Amanda Barrie. And now the BBC have confirmed a screening date, the series starts next week!

The series will move to BBC One for this second run and it has been promised it will air early this year so hopefully not too long to wait. This from the official BBC Press Release:

"The new cast of famous senior citizens embarking on a journey of a lifetime include entertainer Lionel Blair; actress Amanda Barrie, snooker champion Dennis Taylor; TV personality Rustie Lee; Doctor Miriam Stoppard; presenter Bill Oddie; singer Sheila Ferguson; and actor Paul Nicholas.

Inspired by, but otherwise unrelated to the blockbuster film, the series documents the authentic experience of eight characters in their golden years as they head to India on an experimental adventure to see if they would consider retiring to the other side of the world. The new four part series will see the group travel thousands of miles from home and this time land in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala, to test whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.

Made by Twofour, the series successfully premiered on BBC Two earlier this year with impressive ratings and critical acclaim. It’s the highest rating factual series on BBC Two this year with a series consolidated average of 4.1million/13.6 percent share, and was awarded a prestigious Rose d’Or Award.

Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: “The first series was a big hit that connected with viewers of all ages in a really authentic and heart-warming way. It was entertaining whilst brilliantly enlightening which makes it the perfect fit for BBC One. It celebrates a big universal subject that we all care about and I’m looking forward to watching our new cast of characters explore India and reach an ever broader audience on BBC One.”

Amanda Barrie is not just a cracking actress but also a lively personality and she's sure to provide a very honest, truthful and funny take on this programme's concept. I can't wait! 

The Real Marigold Hotel stats next Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1.

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