The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 to start filming in January

Penelope Wilton confirms that cast members including Judi Dench and Maggie Smith will be returning to India in the New Year for a follow up to smash hit 2011 film

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Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton will be returning to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for a sequel, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.

Penelope Wilton who played pessimist Jean in the film, confirmed that the cast will be flying to India to shoot a sequel to the hit 2011 movie directed by John Madden about a group of pensioners who move to a retirement hotel in India.

Wilton said: "We had a wonderful time shooting this film the first time and I am thrilled we will be going back in January to do another one. As far as I know everybdy will be returning."

Details of the new project are being kept under wraps but it is understood that the same production team will be on board, with the second film once again written by Ol Parker.

The first film was based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach.

Other cast members Ronald Pickup and Celia Imrie will be returning, RadioTimes.com understands, with the hotel having been taken over by Maggie Smith’s character Muriel at the end of the first film.

Actor Tom Wilkinson is the only definite non-returnee: in the first film his character Graham dies of a heart attack.

Read more from Penelope Wilton in tomorrow's issue of Radio Times