Bill Oddie visits India in series two of
The Real Marigold Hotel
The Real Marigold Hotel is returning next year and this time on BBC One, and we are excited to announce that Bill Oddie will be one of the senior citizens featured in the second series of this brilliant hit documentary.
Other members of the new cast of famous senior citizens embarking on a journey of a lifetime include Lionel Blair, Amanda Barrie, Dennis Taylor, Rustie Lee, Doctor Miriam Stoppard, Sheila Ferguson and actor Paul Nicholas.
An Exciting Retirement Plan?
Inspired by, but otherwise unrelated to the blockbuster film, the series documents the authentic experience of eight characters in their golden years as they head to India on an experimental adventure to see if they would consider retiring to the other side of the world. 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 test whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.
Made by Twofour, the series successfully premiered on BBC Two earlier this year with impressive ratings and critical acclaim. It’s the highest rating factual series on BBC Two this year with a series consolidated average of 4.1million/13.6 percent share, and was awarded a prestigious Rose d’Or Award.
Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, says: “The first series was a big hit that connected with viewers of all ages in a really authentic and heart-warming way. It was entertaining whilst brilliantly enlightening which makes it the perfect fit for BBC One. It celebrates a big universal subject that we all care about and I’m looking forward to watching our new cast of characters explore India and reach an ever broader audience on BBC One.”
Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Creative Officer of The Twofour Group, says: “The Real Marigold Hotel is a success story that we’re incredibly proud of and after winning the Rose d’Or we’re delighted to be working with the BBC to grow the series. The Christmas specials on BBC Two see Miriam and the gang in incredibly entertaining form and we’re excited to introduce a new band of intrepid travellers to India on BBC One.”
We’re looking forward to following the adventures of Bill and the new cast.