Marigold On Tour veteran Rosemary Shrager is joined by new cast members Sheila Ferguson, Paul Nicholas and Dennis Taylor, as they head off to the retirement Mecca of Thailand.
The group travel to the northern city of Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of the country, famous for its historic temples and laid back way of life. Once they’ve settled into their homestay, they venture out into the steamy 35 degrees heat.
Their second day in Chiang Mai starts with one of Thailand’s most popular activities – Tai-Chi. Surprisingly for Sheila, who normally thrives on a fast-paced lifestyle, she loves the gentle form of exercise. In Thailand, local retirees all over the country can attend free schools once a week, so our four famous faces put on school uniforms for the first time in 50 years and head back to class.
Their first meal dining out is also an eye opener. Paul struggles with the spicy food but opens up about his youth. Sheila and Rosemary are keen to explore Buddhist Meditation, but the two chatterboxes must cope with a silent retreat. Paul and Dennis try some traditional Thai medicine. Dennis, Paul and Sheila look into buying an apartment, whilst Rosemary is keen to take advantage of some cheap dental work and looks into teeth whitening.
To mark the end of their time in the city, the group decide to take in a show. Thailand’s Ladyboys, among the country’s most popular entertainers, are joined on stage by Paul and Dennis.
Pictured: Rosemary Shrager, Dennis Taylor, Sheila Ferguson and Paul Nicholas at the Old People’s University
The Real Marigold On Tour: Thialand Episode 4 (of 4) airs Sunday 31 December 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on BBC One.