The stars of The Real Marigold Hotel will be heading to Cuba, Thailand, China and Iceland in a new four-part series.
In the new run, Miriam Margoyles, Wayne Sleep, Bobby George and Jan Leeming will head to Havana, Cuba to learn what life is like for pensioners in the fast-changing country. Then Paul Nicholas, Dennis Taylor, Sheila Ferguson and Rosemary Shrager will explore Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand, to find out what the city can offer in retirement. The pensioners will immerse themselves in the food and traditions that have attracted a generation of younger travellers.
Over in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Miriam Margoyles, Wayne Sleep, Bobby George and Rosemary Shrager meet the world’s fastest ageing population.
Finally the fourth film, Rustie Lee, Sheila Ferguson, Paul Nicholas and Dennis Taylor will look to unlock the secrets of Icelandic longevity as they settle in the fishing village of Húsavík, before heading off to the capital Reykjavik.
It’s the third series of the hit show and will air in 2018.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.