Monday 24 July 2017

Amanda Barrie: Baby Boomer!

The fabulous Amanda Barrie has been on our screens quite a bit this year so far. First off there was her wonderful work as part of a group of colourful older celebrities trying out life in India in the BBC's The Real Marigold Hotel. Add to that acting jobs in Holby City and Benidorm and it's been a busy year for the former Carry On and Coronation Street actress. Amanda has also been featuring in an unusual and very entertaining series on the digital channel, More 4. Entitled, The Baby Boomers' Guide to Growing Old, Amanda joins a host of other well-known people exploring what it's really like getting older in Britain today.

This from Channel 4:

People used to think that hitting 65 years old and retiring meant that life was over and it was time to join the blue rinse brigade. However, old age is changing. Nowadays, pensioners are living longer and aren’t going quietly. This year on More 4, The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Growing Old explores the world of Britain’s over-65s through the eyes of 13 pension aged celebrities.

Growing old gracefully in this light-hearted four-part series are former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, TV personality Johnny Ball, author and journalist Eve Pollard, former Corrie actress Amanda Barrie, former MP Edwina Currie, journalist and TV presenter Esther Rantzen, Ex-EastEnder Laila Morse, journalist and TV personality Nina Myskow, sports presenter Jim Rosenthal, cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, politician Stanley Johnson, actor and comedian Roy Hudd and actor and singer Kenny Lynch.

Each episode takes a wry look at a different subject area – Love, Work, Body and Fun. The celebrities pair up to spend time exploring the new ‘third age’ by immersing themselves in the activities and lifestyles of oldies from around the UK. Activities include Henry and Amanda running a dating agency for those in later life, and also spending a day exploring the different methods pensioners use to help stay young; Johnny takes Esther to a Ceroc class where the over 65’s learn to dance, find friendship and some, even love; Stanley and Eve do a shift at B & Q to find out why they believe in the benefits of an older workforce; Roy and John head out for a day of fun with the Red Hatters; Amanda and Kenny run a country B & B to find out if the reality lives up to the retirement dream; Edwina performs with the UK Subs - a punk band with a 72 year old lead singer; and a sprightly Jim spends a day finding out just what awaits him if and when his body starts to give up…

You can watch some of the episodes on catch up here

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