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The BBC have confirmed that the new series of 'The Real Marigold Hotel' starring Barbara will be broadcast from the end of this month.

The BBC Press Release has now been issued confirming that the series will air from Thursday, April 30th on BBC One.

"The four-part series will follow former movie star and Bond girl Britt Ekland; Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne; fashion designer Dame Zandra Rhodes; Chuckle Brother Paul Chuckle; cricket commentator Henry Blofeld; EastEnders actor John Altman; actress Susie Blake; and singer Barbara Dickson, as they road test retirement in India.

Six thousand miles away from home and in the colourful coastal city of Puducherry and in Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas, the group have time to reflect on the ups and downs of life, open up to each other and find out if they could spend their golden years there.

Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, History and Religion, says: “I’m delighted to announce a new series of this hugely successful BBC One series. Our cast of famous senior citizens bring a wonderful blend of warmth and wit and wisdom to this latest adventure in Puducherry, India that is simply a joy to watch.”

David Clews, Twofour’s Creative Director and Executive Producer for The Real Marigold Hotel brand, says: “Every series it’s a joy to see the finest group of celebrities come together on an unforgettable adventure and this series doesn’t disappoint. Household names combined with royalty from the creative industries all promise to see hearts open and some unlikely friendships blossom. Our cast members deliver a journey of reflection and warmth, with laugh out loud adventures and life changing results.”

The brand has gone from strength to strength with four series and three spin-offs - with the last series kicking off with an average of 4.8 million viewers, 87% up on slot average and taking a 23% audience share."

Barbara says that she was delighted to be asked to take part and that filming the series and exploring India was a dream come true:

"The hardest part was keeping it a secret! It was really difficult to just disappear like that for a month and not have people worrying where I’d gone. But hopefully the show will be a success for us all. The others in the cast were so great to get to know. It’s really the only reality show I’d ever be interested in doing as it’s not a competition and I have to say that I fell in love with India and want to go back!"

Read Barbara's full BBC interview about the series here

The Real Marigold Hotel - BBC One, Thursday 30th, April, 2020