The Real Marigold Hotel

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The Real Marigold Hotel

Series 2 - Episode 4



It’s been delightful seeing the celebrity seniors embracing such a different lifestyle and culture. But I question whether it’s a realistic portrait of retirement when they’ve had the luxury of being chaperoned, guided and chauffeured in a way non-TV folk wouldn’t. They’re unlikely to retire to India but as a travelogue-with-a-difference it’s been fun.

In this final episode Sheila Ferguson gets emotional over an alternative therapy session, Paul Nicholas and Dennis Taylor take a slow train to Ooty, and Bill Oddie invites Rustie Lee and Miriam Stoppard on a wildlife expedition. All of them have realised that getting older is no barrier to enjoying life, while good company and having a laugh is definitely the best medicine.


Half of the group head off to the hill stations of the Nilgiri mountains, but the drive involves a treacherous climb that has them on the edge of their seats. Dennis and Paul complete the journey by steam train, passing a station full of monkeys before arriving in Ooty, a town that allows Dennis to fulfil a lifelong dream, as he gets to play a game on the very first snooker table. Sheila, Amanda and Lionel attend a Hindu ancestor ceremony held to remember departed loved ones and reflect on death itself and the fact that they have lost many famous friends over the last year.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer David Clews
Executive Producer David Vallance
Executive Producer Andrew Mackenzie-Betty
Series Director Warren Smith
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