Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds

Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds

Series 1 - Episode 2



“Social isolation is one of the biggest problems facing older people,” says narrator Stephen Mangan at the start of this episode from the innocent days of 2017.

For the residents of a retirement community in Bristol, relief comes in the form of a platoon of pre-schoolers who bundle in and deliver improvements to the older people’s mood and mobility that aren’t just visible on camera (witness sceptical 88-year-old Hamish, who soon overcomes his reserve and discovers his inner child) but measurable, too.

It’s one of those experiments where what starts as glorified reality TV points to something broader: schemes like this could be much more widespread.


Ten four year olds are half way through an ambitious six-week experiment, as they share their classroom with 11 pensioners who all follow the same timetable in a nursery near Bristol. Has the energy and activities of the younger group had a measurable impact on the pensioners? Can this ambitious experiment transform the way Britain cares for its increasingly older population?

Cast & Crew

Director Benjamin Leigh
Executive Producer Trish Powell
Executive Producer Murray Boland
Series Producer Benjamin Leigh
Education Science