The Real Marigold Hotel - series two

A new line-up of senior stars for a brand new Indian adventure, this time on BBC One.

The Real Marigold Hotel - series two

Date: 09.02.2017     Last updated: 13.02.2017 at 08.33
The multi award-winning travel documentary series The Real Marigold Hotel returns with a new line-up of senior stars, for a brand new Indian adventure, this time on BBC One.

Meet the new stars checking in.

Embarking on the journey of a lifetime are 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.

Inspired by, but unrelated to the blockbuster film, The Real Marigold Hotel follows the first series which saw a different group travel to Jaipur, to test if they would consider retiring to the other side of the world. Shown on BBC Two last year, it was the channel’s highest-rating factual series in 2016 and garnered critical acclaim - winning the prestigious Rose D’Or Award, a Grierson Award and a Broadcast award.

This new four-part series on BBC One will see the new cast of well-known senior citizens checking in to a shared 16th century guest house in a different part of India, as the group experience living out their golden years for four weeks in Kochi, a city in the southwest Indian state Kerala.

The group travelled thousands of miles to make a new home there, but what did they make of the experience and of living with each other? Would any of them seriously consider moving to begin a new life in India?

Here we introduce the delightful new cast and ask each of the eight stars some of these questions.

Catch the new series of The Real Marigold Hotel on BBC One from Wednesday 15 February at 9pm.

Notes to Editors

The Real Marigold Hotel series on BBC One is a Twofour production. It is Executive Produced by David Clews and Andrew MacKenzie and David Vallance is the Series Editor. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content and iPlayer, and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, BBC Documentaries.

The first series of The Real Marigold Hotel was broadcast in three parts on BBC Two in January and February 2016. It was the highest rating factual series on BBC Two in 2016, with a series consolidated average of 4.1 million and a 13.6 percent share. The series has since been awarded a prestigious Rose d’Or Award for Reality and Factual Entertainment, a Grierson Award for Constructed Documentary Series, and a Broadcast Award for Popular Factual programme.

Ages of the cast correct at time of publication.

EK