Channel 4 plans Oldie Week

by Lisa McGarry

Hit shows 10 Years Younger, How to Look Good Naked, Embarrassing Bodies and The Home Show will all focus on the over 60s generation in a week of special programming to challenge some of the preconceptions and stereotypes surrounding the lives of older people, and celebrate their generation.

Famed for its ability to wind back the clock for women who look older than their years, the 10 Years Younger team led by Myleene Klass face one of their biggest challenges to date – transforming the appearance of 64-year-old Marie and 72-year-old Betty. One will be transformed with the knife and the other will take a non-surgical route. Can the 10 Years Younger: Bus Pass Challenge team work their magic on both to transform them into the vibrant ladies they wish to be?

Gok Wan makes over a 72-year-old woman who doesn’t want to feel like she is fading into the background as she grows older, for a How to Look Good Naked special. Gok wants to show all the over 60s women that there is no need to give up on glamour as their bodies change with age.

Doctors Christian Jessen and Pixie McKenna open the doors exclusively to the over 60s in the Embarrassing Old Bodies’ (w/t) clinic in a bid to tackle the stigma and embarrassment about conditions that affect people’s bodies as they age. The team explores revolutionary new treatments for varicose veins, showcases a new invisible hearing aid, and explains keyhole surgery procedures for prostate cancer treatment and introduces viewers to the male menopause. And to encourage people to seek advice from their doctor no matter how old they are, the Doctors travel to Benidorm – holiday destination of choice for thousands of ageing Brits – with advice on safe sun and safe sex for the over 65s.

And architect George Clarke redesigns a residential care home for The Home Show Special. Housing 12 residents aged 78 to 94; the property is in need of renovation to accommodate the active lifestyles of the ladies and gentleman who call it home. Live-in manager Olga would love to make the residents more comfortable, give them more space for their film nights, fortnightly pampering with the hairdresser, and improve their surroundings to reflect their enjoyment of life together. Can George Clarke create a home that captures the spirit of this eclectic group of people, while remaining practical and functional?

Watch out for Oldie Week this November on Channel 4