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Indian Dream Hotel, The (Format)
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In a new social experiment, a group of retirees head to a different country for an experience of a lifetime and if retirement abroad is as charming as it seems.

Set against a spectacular backdrop, cameras follow the journey of the over 60's as they leave routines and loved ones behind to experience the reality of retiring somewhere more exotic. From the change in diet, environment, customs and cultures, just how will they adapt? 

Each week the cast are presented with new challenges that allow them to compare and contrast the key areas of everyday living - health, food, transport, community - and decide for themselves whether they really can buy a better quality of life abroad in their twilight years. 

The UK commission is known as The Real Marigold Hotel.


Rose D'Or Award for Factual and Reality Entertainment.

Broadcast Award for Best Popular Factual Programme.

Grierson Award for Best Constructed Documentary Series. 


The Indian Dream Hotel drew in an average of 3 million viewers across the series and smashed the slot average at around 50%. 

Consolidated figures increase this to nearly 4.5 million following its prime time weekend repeats, watched by 1.5 million (Episode 1).

The first two episodes were the best performing show in their slot over the past year for the channel.

The second episode excelled the first, retaining its position as the # No.1 Show in its slot across the year, reaching nearly 3.2 million viewers.

Demonstrated strong gains in all the key demographics: Adults 16-34, ABC1, Men – Women 


“…it promises to be an event that none of the cast – or the audience – will ever forget.” – Digital Spy

“Enjoyable and interesting….” – Radio Times

“Hilarious and heart-warming… / Thought provoking stuff.” – TV Times

“The celebs make an eccentric, good-humoured group, and the programme raises questions about what retirement can and should entail.” – The Sunday Times (Culture), Critics’ Choice

“… part travelogue, part fly-on-the-wall reality show, it makes fascinating, touching and funny viewing…” – Daily Mail Weekend Magazine

“It’s a warm, funny and moving experiment…” – The Express

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