A GOOD TIME FOR YOUNG AND OLD
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.