The People - - LIFESTYLE -

In parts hi­lar­i­ous, uplifting, joy­ful and heart­break­ing, Chan­nel 4’s se­ries opener gen­uinely was feel-good, even with all that glo­ri­ous gut-wrench­ing pain. Clearly I en­joy a bit of suf­fer­ing.

It started mer­rily enough, with four-year-old Lily asked the tough ques­tion: “How old is very, very old?”

She thought for a mo­ment be­fore declar­ing: “Thirty seven”.

We can only imag­ine her con­fu­sion to dis­cover she’d be hang­ing out with peo­ple aged 81 to 102. Mind blown.

This sec­ond se­ries sees pre-school­ers mix­ing with the el­derly to see if it can im­prove health and hap­pi­ness and tackle lone­li­ness. Em­bark­ing on a three-month ex­per­i­ment at Not­ting­ham’s Lark Hill WITH her North­ern ac­cent and, if you hadn’t no­ticed it, fe­male­ness, it’s fair to say the 13th Doc­tor Who has caused quite a stir. There has been so much hype I felt ner­vous for Jodie Whit­taker – a bril­liant gar­gan­tuan task of ac­tress but fac­ing the an pleas­ing Doc­tor Who fans, who are alien breed all of their own. There were al­ways go­ing to be

And when Lavinia, 81, said she was go­ing to frame the pic­ture Phoenix made for her – us­ing “lit­er­ally all my stick­ers”– the na­tion’s hearts ex­ploded. It was al­most too much won­der­ful­ness to bear. But else­where there was heartache. Vic­tor, a 97-year-old Dunkirk vet­eran, warned: “Don’t get old. There’s been a heck of a lot of mates, ship­mates, friends and rel­a­tives, nearly all gone.”

He wouldn’t dance with any­one be­cause no one could re­place his late wife Mar­jorie.

“I’ve fallen into this dol­drum not to bother any more,” he said, the grief writ­ten the naysay­ers twit­ter­ing on about how Doc­tor could never be a woman. In a show about an alien with two box, hearts who time trav­els in a po­lice some find this a step too far. BBC1 But most fans wel­comed Jodie on and on Sun­day. Re­tain­ing the scat­ti­ness her brain speed of the Doc­tor but with own com­pas­sion­ate and no-non­sense style, I thought she nailed it.

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