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Documentary. Miriam Margolyes, Bobby George, Sheila Ferguson and Stanley Johnson explore retirement in the largest country in the world, Russia.

After experiencing what it is like to grow old in India, Marigold on Tour veterans Miriam Margolyes, Bobby George and Sheila Ferguson team up with new recruit Stanley Johnson. For their new adventure the group explore retirement in the largest country in the world, Russia. First stop on their journey is the cultural capital of St Petersburg, where Miriam and Sheila quickly find themselves at odds with Stanley's pro-Russian standpoint.

A military-themed fitness programme called Ready for Labour and Defence only serves to reinforce Miriam's wariness of Russia, while Stanley and Bobby form an unlikely friendship over some vodka. After visiting a lavish retirement home for retired actors, the group leave the comfortable surroundings of the city for a night in a Russian sanatorium. A legacy of the Soviet era, these rural retreats are intended to provide rest and recuperation through a strict regime of unexpected medical treatments. While Stanley enjoys a swim in a mineral-rich lake, Miriam is less pleased with the leech treatment she is prescribed, and Sheila fairs little better with a muscle massage via a high-powered hose.

Despite their unusual medical treatments, the sanatorium provides the group a chance to reflect on their inspiring and challenging insight into Russian retirement.

58 minutes

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Tue 26 Feb 2019 00:15

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

  • 00:58

    Roland Shaw & His Orchestra

    From Russia With Love


Role Contributor
Narrator Tom Hollander
Participant Miriam Margolyes
Participant Bobby George
Participant Sheila Ferguson
Participant Stanley Johnson
Production Manager Oliver Pothecary
Producer Jonathan Stiasny
Producer Sam Webb
Director Jonathan Stiasny
Director Sam Webb
Series Producer Simon Draper
Executive Producer David Clews
Executive Producer Nic Patten
Production Company Two Four Productions


  • Wed 13 Feb 2019 21:00
  • Fri 15 Feb 2019 23:50
  • Sat 16 Feb 2019 00:20
  • Tue 26 Feb 2019 00:15

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