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100 Year Old Driving School

  • Episode: 

    1 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 12 Sep 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 37 2017 : Sat 09 Sep - Fri 15 Sep
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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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).
 
The opening episode features 102-year-old John Errol Manners, from rural Wiltshire. A Royal Navy veteran who cheated death three times in the war, who is quite relaxed about his date with destiny even if he admits he likes to drive on the other side of the road because he claims he can see oncoming traffic better.
 
In Wales, the familiar face of centenarian Jock Stares travels around the Valleys on his trusty scooter. He celebrates his 101st birthday by taking a speed boat out with his son before taking a motorcycle assessment. 
 
In the meantime, 93-year-old Jack Hearn makes it clear that he has no intention of failing his assessment. An international judo grand master, Jack can still throw a man over his shoulder and makes it clear he’s not going to let a driving examiner spoil his day.
 
By the end of the programme, the elderly drivers all face the steely gaze of a driving examiner and answer the ultimate question – is it time to hand in the keys for good?