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28/05/2012

When I’m 65, A New Season On BBC One

When I'm 65 is a challenging new BBC One primetime season set to tackle a subject that affects everyone: ageing.
It’s an inescapable fact, everyone grows old. The over 65s are the fastest growing age group in Britain and by 2030 it’s estimated that a quarter of the population will be over the age of 65.
Confronting the issues facing the elderly has become one of the UK’s biggest priorities and some of Britain’s most familiar faces from television are getting involved. In July, a mix of personalities and Britain’s elderly will address a range of issues, taking on everything from working past the age of retirement to what it’s like to live in a care home.
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One: “When I’m 65 brings together a range of powerful and thought-provoking programmes that explore the reality of life for many older people, and the choices they face. Thought-provoking seasons anchored in primetime are something I would like to have more of on BBC One, and the theme of our ageing population and the lives of older citizens is clearly a pressing one. I hope this cluster of programmes resonates with all BBC One viewers, no matter how old they are.”
Nick Hewer, 68, and Margaret Mountford, 60, of The Apprentice fame are reunited in The Town That Never Retired (working title) where they follow 15 retired pensioners heading back to work.
In Never Too Old (working title) broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, 71; actor Lesley Joseph, 69; actor and historian Tony Robinson, 65; and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson, 67, immerse themselves in the lives of pensioners and care homes.
In June Brown: Why Old People Matter (working title) EastEnders actress June Brown, 85, issues a rousing rallying cry for more respect for the elderly while How To Live Beyond 100 (working title) uncovers unique pearls of wisdom from the nation’s centenarians.
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