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Summary

Please note: contains adult themes and explicit language. 

A record-breaking bodybuilder. A sex-positive dominatrix. A gaming pioneer with close to a million subscribers. A musical trailblazer who’s queering country music. 

These are a new generation of rebels embarking on adventures, falling in love and breaking records. They sound like a gang of social media influencers and young rising Hollywood stars. But nearly all of them are over 70 years old. 

In this series, Miriam Margolyes meets a new wave of seniors who are ripping up the rulebook when it comes to ageing, to learn what they can teach us about living life to the full, whether you’re 19 or 90.

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Loved this!

Still to really get into podcasts, but if anything could engage me it's this all too brief series of relatively short ones hosted by the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes.

She has a beautiful voice, clear as a bell with a lovely tone, very easy to listen to and engaging.
However, this is not all about her: indeed, in most of the episodes the first voice we hear is that of the guest - unless of course a "grown-up language" and adult themes warning is needed at the start!

Miriam's real strength is that she lets her remarkable guests tell their stories with only occasional guiding questions, observations and commentary, just enough of the latter warmly provided for context, to illuminate where necessary.

Her genuine warmth and admiration for these people band their achievements in later life enfolds every episode and adds to the listener's pleasure.

The guests featured definitely demonstrate that life doesn't stop at sixty, nor do you have to resign yourself to slippers, fireside and shrinking from view. They've all achieved quite extraordinary things in later life, from rowing round the world, to finding a truly unexpected way to cover debts left behind by a deserting husband!

I just hope Miriam produces more.

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A wonderful series of conversations

Each of the people that converse with the delightful Miriam Margolyes are truly remarkable, they are interesting, inspirational and bloody nice people one and all.
I would recommend this series to everyone!!

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Disappointing

I'd prefer to hear Miriam read a book. This series is designed to shock, I think. But, it came across to me as being unnecessarily over informative on it's subjects . C'mon Miriam, there are more interesting and perhaps even helpful stories about getting on a bit ... disgracefully or otherwise.

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Very enjoyable

Love Miriam's voice, enjoy listening to stories about people and their experiences. recommend this podcast.

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Inspiring, amazing short life story really good

How inspiring are these short life achievement goes to prove you can do anything if you put your mind to it, regardless of how old you are, narration just added to the enjoyment

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Wonderful people

Just listened to two episodes and lovely to hear these inspirational stories.

I really like Miriam Margolees, but she is not a good interviewer and is quite jarring in the ear.

Stick with narrating books Miriam you are far better in that environment.

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amazing! completed in a day - please make more!

interesting, insightful, witty and well put together.

please make more of these! 5 stars

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Just wonderful

A fascinating, inspiring and funny series. Narrated beautifully that makes you want to keep listening.

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Great read for oldies and younger people alike

Loved it! was very engaging and inspirational. Has encouraged me as I'm in my mid fifties that life doesn't stop when you get old especially for the things you love. it's also important you keep yourself occupied as you grow old such as a hobby or something you've been wanting to do whilst younger. I'm really glad I took up cycling in my mid forties and ice skating mid fifties!

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What a gem

What a joy it was listen to Miriams chats with these interesting oldies about their lives. All very different but equally fascinating and inspiring.

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Such wonderful stories

Loved hearing the stories of these interesting and unique people. Inspirational, all of them. Thanks Miriam for finding them and sharing with us all.