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June Brown: Respect Your Elders

EastEnders actress June Brown takes a look at how elderly people are treated in the UK, believing them to be undervalued and ignored.

Eighty-five-year-old EastEnders actress June Brown thinks the way we treat older people in this country lacks respect. She thinks they are undervalued, pushed aside and ignored. In this programme, June tries to find out what's gone wrong and what can be done about it.

On her journey, she talks to elderly people about what it is like to be in the care system. She even visits her former on-screen husband John Bardon, who had a stroke five years ago and now needs 24-hour care. June's personal views come to the fore when her own family challenge her to say what she wants to happen if she ever needed care. June's first response is to dismiss the notion but, as the film progresses, she comes to a surprising decision.

50 minutes

Last on

Fri 31 Aug 2012 01:25

When I’m 65 Season

When I’m 65 Season

It’s an inescapable fact, everyone grows old. The over 65s are the fastest growing age group in Britain and by 2030 it’s estimated that a quarter of the population will be over the age of 65.


When I'm 65 is a challenging new BBC One primetime season set to tackle a subject that affects everyone: ageing.

Find out more about the rest of the programmes in the season…


When I Get Older 

The Town That Never Retired

How To Live Beyond 100 

Elsewhere on the BBC

Explore lots more content on the subject of ageing from across the BBC:


BBC Radio 4: You and Yours - Positive ageing

BBC Radio 4: You and Yours - A Minister for older people?

BBC Radio 4: You and Yours - Pensioners in debt

BBC Radio 4: You and Yours - Working after retirement

BBC Radio 4: You and Yours - Clips

BBC Two: Newsnight 

BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra Blog: The BBC's Ageing Season

BBC News: Old and Young Swap Lives

BBC News: Old and Young Swap Lives
Learn about the experience of four young people who spent three weeks with a group of pensioners.

Read the article

BBC Learning Zone: Mobility

BBC Learning Zone: Mobility

Richard Hammond put on a restricted mobility suit to see the challenges some older people face.


See how he got on with some simple everyday tasks


Role Contributor
Presenter June Brown
Presenter June Brown
Producer Kirsty Wilson
Executive Producer Simon Dickson
Executive Producer Simon Dickson
Producer Guy Gilbert
Producer Guy Gilbert
Director Guy Gilbert
Director Guy Gilbert


  • Thu 12 Jul 2012 22:35
  • Thu 12 Jul 2012 23:15
  • Fri 31 Aug 2012 01:25