The Real Marigold Hotel to return for Christmas special and second series with new cast

Exclusive: The channel has given the go-ahead to a new series of the hit factual show - with the old favourites also returning for a Christmas Special


The BBC has commissioned a Christmas special and a new series of The Real Marigold Hotel, can reveal.


The old cast will feature in the festive episode while a new series featuring a different set of oldsters is set for 2017.

The Real Marigold Hotel was a low-key hit with BBC2 viewers, taking a group of colourful elderly celebrities to India in a real life version of the hit 2012 film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

More than 3 million viewers tuned in for the three-part series which featured actress Miriam Margoyles, former newsreader Jan Leeming, former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy, dancer Wayne Sleep, one-time Catchphrase host Roy Walker, chef Rosemary Shrager, darts champion Bobby George and singer Patti Boulaye experiencing life in Jaipur, Northern India, as they set up home in a private mansion.

The chemistry in the group was excellent and Margoyles’ fabulously earthy chat about how frequently she broke wind was one of the talking points of the series.


Originally commissioned by BBC2 controller Kim Shillinglaw, it was one of a number of factual successes during her tenure before her post was abolished earlier this year.