When is The Real Marigold Hotel back on TV?

The reality show returns this Christmas for a special – and it won't be long before a brand new series comes to screens

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The Real Marigold Hotel goes on tour this Christmas with adventures to Florida and Japan to discover the best places in the world to grow old.

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And while four of the cast from the first series – Miriam Margoyles, Wayne Sleep, Bobby George and Rosemary Shrager – will reunite there, we also have a whole new set of celebrities to welcome for the second series in the New Year.

The new cast of famous senior citizens embarking on a journey of a lifetime include entertainer Lionel Blair, actress Amanda Barrie, snooker champion Dennis Taylor, TV personality Rustie Lee, Doctor Miriam Stoppard, presenter Bill Oddie, singer Sheila Ferguson and actor Paul Nicholas.

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Moving to BBC One and airing in early 2017, the new four-part series will see the group travel thousands of miles from home and this time land in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala, to see whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.