In one scene, 89-year-old Hamish delivered a speech about what it feels like to be lonely as an older person at Christmas.
“As we approach Christmas, there’s little doubt that loneliness, which grips your heart at all times, becomes far more acute when you look around and see everyone else enjoying themselves, meeting up with different people for parties – and here you are stuck on your own,” he said.
“It is extremely sad,” he continued. “Loneliness can be relieved if we go out of our way to try and meet people, and bring a little joy to their lives.”
Judging by the reaction online, it’s safe to say the message hit home, with celebrity fans including Doctor Who star John Barrowman and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson just two of the people left in tears by the end of the episode.
This programme is simply wonderful and heartbreaking all in one go. It’s made me pick up the phone and make contact with someone who needs it. I don’t want anyone to ever be lonely at any time of the year. #OldPeoplesHome4YO@age_uk you do an incredible job!
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