Series II

In Series II, we profile eight new individuals redefining later life.

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Maestro of Venice

The Venetian glass master’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. But his inspiration both in art and life comes from simple pleasures close to home.

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Father of string theory

The son of a hard-working plumber from The Bronx became the ‘father of string theory’ and one of the world’s most eminent physicists. He is now a best-selling author who is not afraid of a challenge.

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A taste for life

Madhur Jaffrey may be best known for having revolutionised the way we see Indian food globally, but the polymath chef, writer and actor has many more strings to her bow. Now 84, her hunger for all that the world has to offer is far from sated.

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Witness to history

Japan’s first female photojournalist fought discrimination to chronicle her nation’s postwar devastation. Now into her second century, she is still working despite breaking her legs and hand in a fall.

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Star man

At 75, his curiosity and enthusiasm undimmed, this Nasa research scientist has no plans to scale down his search for extraterrestrial life. As far as he’s concerned, he’s just getting started.

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Speed queen

After three decades as a celebrity speed queen, Dubliner Rosemary Smith retired from rally driving. But then, a few months before her 80th birthday, she received an offer she couldn’t refuse – a drive in a Formula One car.

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Animal advocate

Virginia McKenna began her career as an actress and found fame playing Joy Adamson in the 1966 film Born Free.

Series I

12 episodes

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Pedal pusher

The Frenchman set his latest world record in January, thriving in a sport that he has loved since he was a child.

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Treasure hunter

The ancient Japanese tradition of plunging into the sea to fish still offers joys to a woman who has been doing it for almost 70 years.

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Not ready to retire

She arrived in the UK as a Kindertransport refugee, built a leading tech business and is now changing lives through her three charities.

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Still in the saddle

Australia’s oldest professional rodeo star says the sport keeps him fit and the competition still keeps him hungry after more than 70 years.

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The last laugh

The american discovered stand-up in her 70s, and wants audiences to leave her shows believing that it is never too late to achieve their dreams.

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Style and substance

After a long career as a leading stylist, the New Yorker founded her own company and has become a social media star who has embraced getting older.

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A glorious view from the top

The Japanese first climbed — and skied down — Mount Everest at 70. Now, he is plotting a fourth attempt of the world’s highest peak.

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The 'Iron Nun'

Having competed in 45 of the gruelling races that combine swimming, running and cycling, the American is still training and competing.

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Still at the helm

The first man to complete a solo circumnavigation of the globe is as committed to his craft as ever, and says experience has only made him better at it.

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Artisan on song

The man credited with reviving the violin-making traditions of Antonio Stradivari says understanding nature and finding joy in work is the key to a long and healthy life.

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A fresh face

After a break of almost six decades, an unexpected encounter at the age of 70 relaunched one of the most enduring careers in high fashion. Two decades on, it is still going strong.

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The road runner

At the age of 90, the former dentist rebuilt his body. Now, he is a world-class sprinter and long jumper, and wants us to radically rethink how we approach ageing.
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