The Real Marigold Hotel

The Real Marigold Hotel

Series 2 - Episode 2



You can see how this lot fulfilled the producer’s check list: Bill Oddie in the grumpy/eccentric Miriam Margolyes role, Rustie Lee as the group’s cook, Dennis Taylor as the easy-going sportsman and so on. But the aging celebs all have health issues and we’re spared little about Oddie’s impotence and depression, Lionel Blair’s distended stomach as a result of his prostate cancer treatment, and Amanda Barrie’s debilitating vertigo.

Nonetheless they’re such a good-natured bunch that you can’t help agreeing with Paul Nicholls when he says admiringly of his geriatric companions, who are all up for a laugh, “What an advert for old age!”


The celebrities continue to settle into life in their 16th-century mansion, and are brought closer together when they celebrate Amanda Barrie's 81st birthday together. Lionel Blair - who has struggled with a distended belly since having treatment for cancer - tries out a local alternative medicine in the hope of finding a solution to the problem. Bill Oddie goes in search of wildlife with a trip into the jungle, and opens up about how spending time in nature has helped him cope with mental-health issues.

Cast & Crew

Contributor Bill Oddie
Contributor Paul Nicholas
Contributor Rustie Lee
Contributor Sheila Ferguson
Contributor Amanda Barrie
Contributor Lionel Blair
Contributor Dennis Taylor
Contributor Miriam Stoppard
Executive Producer David Clews
Executive Producer David Vallance
Executive Producer Andrew Mackenzie-Betty
Series Director Warren Smith
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