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Selina Scott, Susan George, Stephanie Beacham, Ian and Janette Tough, Syd Little, Peter Dean, Bob Champion and Stanley Johnson test out retirement in Udaipur, India.

Selina Scott, Susan George, Stephanie Beacham, Ian and Janette Tough (aka the Krankies), Syd Little, Peter Dean, Bob Champion and Stanley Johnson arrive at their new home in Udaipur.

First-time curry eater Bob struggles to adjust to the Indian diet, and the Krankies find 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.

Veteran of India Stanley embraces his first few days, swimming alongside the locals and throwing himself into the challenge with good humour, alongside Syd, who enjoys immersing himself into the local way of life, including his first ever yoga class. While enjoying her first trip to India, Selina is used to living on her own so finds the group-living arrangements quite a test.

With the group not yet united in their opinion on the place, they head off to see another part of Rajasthan. Some of them head to Jodphur, where Bob gets back in the saddle as he visits one of India's oldest polo clubs, and they also visit the world-famous Mehrangarh Fort, which astounds Selina and Stanley with its history, beauty and grandeur.

Meanwhile, Stephanie, Syd and Peter embrace India's spiritual side as they visit one of the oldest ashrams in the region. Sceptical at first, Syd is soon won round by the calm aura of the place and the sense of peace he's finding in India. Stephanie, Peter and Syd immerse themselves in the ashram community and find the magic of India is having an effect on all of them, which culminates when they witness the ancient ritual of firewalking.

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Wed 15 Aug 2018 00:15

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

  • 00:00

    Anoushka Shankar


  • 00:00

    Shankar Mahadevan & Surjo Bhattacharya

    Thom Karuvil

  • 00:01

    Niraj Chag

    Intermission - Part 2

  • 00:09

    James Asher

    Further East

  • 00:10

    Ravi Shankar

    Bangla Dhun

  • 00:12

    John Mayer

    Acka Raga

  • 00:15

    Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

    Mustt Mustt

  • 00:27

    Razia Aziz

    Dil-E-Naadaan Tujhe Hua Kia Hai?

  • 00:31

    U. Srinivas


  • 00:45

    Lord Sitar

    Daydream Believer

  • 00:46

    Amit Chaudhuri

    Norwegian Wood

  • 00:47

    Ravi Shankar

    Mangalam Tala Mantra

  • 00:47

    Hariprasad Chaurasia

    Rag Pahadi (Haharwa Tal)

  • 00:51

    DJ Dips, Kaka Bhaniawala & Lehmber Hussainpuri

    Gerra De De

  • 00:58

    Panjabi MC

    Beware Of The Boys (feat. JAY-Z)


Role Contributor
Participant Stephanie Beacham
Participant Bob Champion
Participant Peter Dean
Participant Susan George
Participant Stanley Johnson
Participant Syd Little
Participant Selina Scott
Participant Ian Tough
Participant Janette Tough
Executive Producer David Clews
Series Editor Claire Walls
Series Producer Ben Archard
Production Company Two Four Productions


  • Wed 1 Aug 2018 21:00
  • Fri 3 Aug 2018 23:45
  • Sat 4 Aug 2018 00:15
  • Wed 15 Aug 2018 00:15

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