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Reality series in which teenagers are paired up with pensioners to see if they can transform each other's lives. Here, four of the unlikely pairs attempt to establish friendships.

The Hairy Bikers are in Oxford to meet head teacher Niall McWilliams and set up their most ambitious project yet - an intergenerational experiment which will pair 12 teenagers with 12 pensioners for one term in a struggling school, to see if the resulting partnerships can benefit both groups.

With youngsters facing relentless pressure to succeed and rising mental health disorders, coupled with pensioners feeling isolated and forgotten by society, could a simple friendship help both marginalised generations feel valued and gain self-esteem?

13-year-old Jacub is paired with 70-year-old former kitchen fitter Clive. Jacub has ADHD and is struggling to cope with his dad's suicide eight years ago. Clive's youngest son died ten years ago from a drug overdose. Their initial meetings go well but will Clive be able to help Jacub manage his disruptive behaviour?

13-year-old Tawne was bullied last year. Even when she went home to escape, the abuse continued online. Tawne's partner is 65-year-old former nurse Judy, who was also a victim of bullying. But their first meeting is a disaster when Tawne fails to show up.

16-year-old Robbie's mum has multiple sclerosis, so Robbie often misses school in order to care for her and his three younger sisters. Robbie's partner is 62-year-old ex-supermarket manager Rick who has lived alone for ten years.

16-year-old Wez has a passion for boxing. But his partner, 71-year-old Dave, a former electrician, doesn't rate boxing as a career option, so their partnership looks like it might already be on the ropes. With so many partnerships on the line, will the 50-year gulf between the generations prove a bridge too far?

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Thu 30 Jun 2016 01:10

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Credits

Role Contributor
Series Producer Caroline Ross Pirie
Executive Producer Eve Kay
Executive Producer Mark Downie
Production Company Maverick Television

Broadcasts

  • Tue 10 May 2016 21:00
  • Wed 11 May 2016 00:05
  • Wed 11 May 2016 19:00
  • Wed 11 May 2016 23:15
  • Thu 30 Jun 2016 01:10
  • Thu 30 Jun 2016 02:05

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