A GOOD TIME FOR YOUNG AND OLD

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

SET your clocks, take the phone off the hook and can­cel all your plans to go out and mark your diary to watch what I have called the most heart-warm­ing TV show this year. Af­ter months of wad­ing through hours of re­al­ity show non­sense and grim pol­i­tics, this social ex­per­i­ment – pair­ing 11 four-year-olds with the same num­ber of res­i­dents at a Syd­ney re­tire­ment vil­lage for merged classes – just filled my soul with joy. The pro­duc­ers have done a bril­liant job in cast­ing a great mix of shy and out­go­ing per­son­al­i­ties at both ends of the age spectrum, who ul­ti­mately bring out the best in each other dur­ing this program which hoped the lit­tle ones would bring some of the older folk out of their lonely shells and back to their hap­pier selves. It’s a for­mat first aired in the UK, which was then rolled out in other nurs­ing homes and geri­a­tri­cians here are look­ing to con­vince gov­ern­ment the same should hap­pen in Aus­tralia. It gets my whole-hearted tick of ap­proval.

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