Last Night’s TV – The Truth About Eternal Youth & Beauty


Coleen Nolan, one of the stars of Loose Women and formerly the young overweight one from the family girl group The Nolans, explored the nation’s obsession with staying young and staving off the dreaded aging process for this ITV show last night.

With her remit being, find the answer to the question, “In this day and age, is it possible to grow old gracefully?” she sought out women who’d done everything from swearing by old-wives-tale ‘remedies’ to aging to those who’d gone the route of the surgeon and his/her knife.

Interestingly, she also had to decide whether to have cosmetic surgery herself once she’d weighed all the options…

Coleen said of the show, “Presenting Eternal Beauty has been fantastic as I find the current obsession with anti-aging surgery terrifying and fascinating at the same time. As a woman in her 40s and the in the media I know all too well that the emphasis put on the way women look is immense and we get judged by our age and appearance constantly.

“When the question ‘Would I want to turn back time if I could?’ was posed to me, I realised it’s a subject I really needed to know more about before making any flip decisions. Eternal Youth, has opened my eyes, but maybe not in the way you’re expecting.”

So we followed Coleen as she took a gander at the head spinning variety of anti-ageing options which included a chat with cosmetic surgery enthusiast Toyah Wilcox. Toyah’s now 50 and famously or infamously – depending on your point of view – had a facelift following her appearance on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2003.

It can’t be denied that Toyah looks great and vastly ‘improved’ from what I remember of her in the celeb jungle, but what she had to say about her surgery was a tad worrying…

“I got a massive kick from not being invisible any more” she told Coleen happily while adding that since she went under the knife, she’s had offers of work pouring in. What she didn’t mention is that many of them are offers to talk about the surgery but hey, work’s work right? It’s concerning though that she felt ‘invisible’ simply because she was getting older.

Coleen also met with another big fan of cosmetic surgery, 64 year old “celebrity surgery consultant” Joy, who had her first facelift at just 43 and has had several since. She’s had so much ‘work’ done in fact that she now looks something like a zombie-Barbie, however, she told Coleen that what she needs is £18,000-worth of surgery.

“In my opinion, the knife is the only way to hold back the years” she expounded at a great deal more length.

So, after she’d seen and heard about a variety of surgical procedures, Coleen came to the decision that sharp knives and sharp-suited surgeons wasn’t going to be an option for her. Instead, she reckons she’s going to improve her skin by giving up smoking and rather than worry about how she looks, she’s going to just enjoy life, work and her family. Very righteous and good no doubt, but to be honest, I couldn’t really see her saying anything else.

This down to earth mother figure who’s made a decent living out of being ‘ordinary’ couldn’t really start openly hanging out on Harley Street then reappearing six weeks later looking like a stunned cat without the ability to smile or raise an eyebrow. It would rather take away from her credibility wouldn’t it?

Just as it did for Fern Britton when she was telling us Ryvita was the way forward while all the time, her stomach was hiding a gastric band… not that I blame her in the least but nonetheless, as was the case too with Anne Diamond and the debacle over her appearance on Celebrity Fit Club and her simultaneous alleged gastric banding, it all smacks of hypocrisy.

I hope though that Coleen doesn’t end up doing a Joan Collins and have so many facelifts she can trim her pubic hair just below her nose; she’s a natural, wholesome looking woman and it’d be a shame to interfere with it, but even still, I’ll be keenly watching for significant and rapid signs of firmer facial features over the coming months, cynic that I am…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.