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100 Year Old Driving School

  • Episode: 

    2 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 19 Sep 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 38 2017 : Sat 16 Sep - Fri 22 Sep
  • Channel: 

    ITV
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This three-part documentary for ITV continues on from the channel’s 100 Year Old Drivers series to hit the road with some of Britain’s oldest motorists as they take mature driving tests to determine whether they should still be behind the wheel.
 
There are more than 200 drivers over the age of 100 in the UK. Motorists over the age of 70 must reapply through the post for a driving licence every three years but are not automatically re-tested.
 
This programme speaks to those aged in their 90s and 100s who are willing to risk their independence by taking the plunge and sitting an assessment overseen by examiners from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
 
In the second episode, RoSPA have set up a temporary HQ at a biker café in Surrey to welcome an army of older drivers to sit their assessments, much to the surprise of the local motorcyclists in their leathers. 
 
Among the drivers who turn up for the day is 95-year-old John William Quince. He’s spent the last 30 years living in Spain and wants an assessment to convince his kids he can drive in England. But will he remember to drive on the left?
 
Other motorists willing to submit themselves to a potentially life-changing test include Eileen Ash, one of Britain’s oldest drivers at 105. The former England cricketer is determined to keep driving in her beloved mini and limbers up for her drive with an impressive yoga workout. 
 
Don Showell, 101, also decides to take his assessment nearer to home in the back lanes of Devon and brings along his beloved wife Joanie, also 101, for the ride. 
 
Peggy Woolfe, 96, whose daughter has effectively volunteered her for an assessment because of concerns over her driving, is determined to overcome the doubts of her offspring.
 
Finally, Bomber Command veteran George Dunn, now 94 years old, faces extra pressure to pass because he’s the last of his RAF mates still driving and has become their unofficial taxi service.