The popular documentary strand returns for a brand new three-part series. This time the drivers are going back to school, where they will take a test to see if they should still be on the road. The opening episode follows a fascinating cast of characters, all aged 90 and over, who are willing to take a test overseen by examiners from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
In rural Wiltshire, 102-year-old Royal Navy veteran John Manners admits he prefers to drive on the wrong side of the road as it helps him see the oncoming traffic better. In Wales, before sitting his motorcycle test, familiar face Jock Stares celebrates his 101st birthday by taking a speedboat out with his son. RoSPA’s campaign headquarters is in the sleepy North Yorkshire village of Thornton-le-Dale.
At the headquarters this week are 91-year-old Joan Beach and her grandson Callum, and 94-year-old Jack Hearn, who makes it clear that he has no intention of failing the assessment. Jack is an international Judo Grand Master and can still throw a man over his shoulder, so he is not going to let a driving instructor spoil his day. In total, the programme follows six individuals, all with a never-say-die spirit. But age is catching up with them and, as they face the examiner, they will need to decide if it is time to hand over the keys for good.
100 Year old Driving School Episode 1 (of 3) airs Tuesday 12 September 2017 at 9.00pm on ITV.