Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Amanda Barrie's Marigold Hotel Adventure starts tonight!


A quick reminder that Amanda Barrie is starring in the second series of the BBC's documentary, The Real Marigold Hotel. The series follows eight well-known pensioners as they travel to India for adventures inspired by the famous film starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith.

The BBC series charts the adventures of the famous OAPs as they discover a completely different culture and work out whether they could ever think of retiring there. The first series, which featured the likes of Miriam Margolyes and Wayne Sleep, was excellent fun managing to be a "reality" series which didn't demean those featured or see the participants fall out and cause carnage. The series was charming, funny, sad and most of all, very human.

This second series, which comes in four hour long parts, will follow Barrie and her fellow travellers including Bill Oddie, Lionel Blair and Paul Nicholas, as they explore communal living and all that India has to offer. I can't wait to see what they get up to! Amanda is a real favourite of mine, starring in both Coronation Street (as Alma Baldwin) and of course, two Carry Ons, Cabby as Anthea and Cleo as the title character, Cleopatra. I met Amanda a couple of years ago at the London Film Convention and she was absolutely lovely in person too. And long may she continue! 

Amanda will also be appearing in a new Channel 4 series entitled "Bus Pass Bandits"...yes quite! More on that when I get it! 


The Real Marigold Hotel starts tonight at 9pm on BBC1.

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