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Celebrities test whether retirement in India is better than in the UK. The group visit the world-famous backwaters on traditional houseboats.

Entertainer Lionel Blair, wildlife presenter Bill Oddie, actress Amanda Barrie, snooker champion Dennis Taylor, TV personality Rustie Lee, TV doctor Miriam Stoppard, Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson and Just Good Friends actor Paul Nicholas arrive at their new home, a 16th-century mansion in Old Kochi.

Sheila is keen to make sure she gets what she wants out of the experience, but Lionel finds dealing with the realities of living in India unsettling - the animals in the street, the more basic way of life and the piles of rubbish that can distract from the beauty. Paul, Bill and Dennis rise to the challenge with humour and classic one-liners, and Rustie and Miriam seem charmed by their first days here. The group then head off to visit the world-famous backwaters, hundreds of miles of waterways that criss-cross through the villages and jungles, on traditional houseboats.

58 minutes

Last on

Fri 3 Mar 2017 01:50

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    Shankar Mahadevan & Surjo Bhattacharya

    Thom Karuvil

  • 00:02

    Niraj Chag

    Intermission - Part 2

  • 00:06

    James Asher

    Further East

  • 00:07

    Ravi Shankar

    Bangla Dhun

  • 00:11

    John Mayer

    Acka Raga

  • 00:16

    Ravi Shankar

    Mahaa Mrityunjaya (Om Triambakam)

  • 00:18

    Rahul Sharma


  • 00:19

    Nitin Sawhney

    Pieces of Ten

  • 00:21

    Kishore Kumar

    Mere Samnewali Khidki Mein

  • 00:27

    Rash Behari Datta

    Fast Gat In Tintal (16 Beats)

  • 00:30

    AR Rahman


  • 00:36

    Aretha Franklin

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

  • 00:41

    U. Srinivas

    Saranambhava Karuna

  • 00:45

    Sonorous Star

    Indian Motorcycles

  • 00:47

    Rahul Sharma


  • 00:51

    Najma Akhtar

    Ghoom Charakhana

  • 00:57

    Panjabi MC

    Beware Of The Boys (feat. JAY-Z)


Role Contributor
Participant Bill Oddie
Participant Paul Nicholas
Participant Rustie Lee
Participant Sheila Ferguson
Participant Amanda Barrie
Participant Lionel Blair
Participant Dennis Taylor
Participant Miriam Stoppard
Director Warren Smith
Executive Producer David Clews
Executive Producer Andrew Mackenzie-Betty
Executive Producer David Vallance
Production Company Twofour Broadcast


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