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Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Olds 2018

Updated on October 22, 2018
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Eileen enjoys a variety of movies and likes to share reviews of those that impress her. She also loves British television comedy series.

One popular resident, Victor

87-year-old Victor has been unwell and undergoing cancer tests but in episode 3 he still sang and sang very well
87-year-old Victor has been unwell and undergoing cancer tests but in episode 3 he still sang and sang very well

Young Meets Old

On British television‘s Channel 4 Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Old children is back for a second series and it as popular as ever.

Series 1 was nominated for a B.A.F.T.A. and perhaps this year it will actually win an award.

The series makes for heartwarming viewing as older people living in a retirement village and a group of 3 and 4-year-old children share quality time together.

The oldest resident of the retirement village is aged 102/103 with most of the others aged well into their 80s and 90s. The young visitors are just four-years-old and as cute as can be.

When you see young and old together the dividing years just melt away and some firm friendships are made along the way.

The 2017 Series

Series Two 2018

Series two is made up of five episodes and is also available on catch up.

The retirement village is a different one to the first series in 2017. This year Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Olds is being filmed at Lark Hall Village, in Nottingham.

Lark Hall is reportedly one of the biggest retirement villages in the U.K. It has over 400 residents ranging in age from 60 to 102-years-old but just 11 residents have been selected to take part.

The Study

Research has reportedly shown that mixing elderly and young people together can be beneficial for both age groups.

However, the main purpose of this study is to discover if the older residents will benefit from regular activities with a group of four-year-old children.

After a couple of episodes the older people are obviously growing ever more alert and confident, and regaining some of their strength, while the children are continuing to learn many things from the residents, and it seems to be a winning combination.

At various time intervals during the series psychologists, medical professionals and researchers study how everyone taking part is developing.

With a nursery set up in the retirement village the children arrive each day and with the older residents undertake various activities, or to put it another way they enjoy a series of adventures.

In one episode it is shopping and rather than use the small retirement village shop the group spread their wings and take a trip to the supermarket getting to grips with self service tills along the way.

This group of young and old shop for an upcoming party, buying cake mixes and the like. It is a hands on experience for the children and the adults and yes it is an adventure.

Most adults take freedom of movement for granted but older age can have a negative impact on that freedom. Fear of falling, sometimes after a couple of falls, can seriously dent a person’s confidence. The activities undertaken during this series and study help restore confidence, strength, balance, mental and physical well-being and also make the older residents feel useful and loved again.

The elderly residents regain their sparkle and zest for life and the results are startling

Episode 1, 2018

Recommended Viewing?

When you see some of the unlikely friendships blossoming it is impossible to stay detached. I defy anyone to watch Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Old children and not have at least one ah moment.

Friendships such as four-year-old Scarlett and 84-year-old Beryl, which seems to be a match made in heaven.

With 10 pre-school children and 11 elderly residents some of the friendships are very individual but all are entertaining for the audience.

Channel 4 describes the series thus -

One of the UK's biggest retirement villages opens a nursery where the classmates' ages range from three to 102. What can the very young and the very old learn from each other?

The answer is they can learn a great deal and for the older people that means how to live again rather than just exist.

Worth Tuning In?

5 stars for Old Peoples Home For 4-Year-Olds

© 2018 Ethel Smith

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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      17 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Liz. Not our usual sort of viewing but we have both been enjoying the show and its characters, young and old.

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      Liz Westwood 

      17 months ago from UK

      I haven't had a chance to watch this programme yet, but I have heard others talking about it. It is especially relevant as it is in our area this time.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      17 months ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks Peggy, yes I agree. It may not be beneficial to all but those taking part are getting lots out of the experience.

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      Peggy Woods 

      17 months ago from Houston, Texas

      That sounds like a cute television series and the idea would be great to incorporate everywhere. There would definitely be benefit for the youngsters as well as the old-timers to meet and get to know one another.

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