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100 Year Old Driving School

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 20 Feb 2018
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  • Time: 

    7.30pm - 8.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 08 2018 : Sat 17 Feb - Fri 23 Feb
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Episode 1
100 Year Old Driving School is back on our screens, following some of Britain’s oldest and much-loved drivers as they put themselves through the paces of a mature driving assessment. Examiners from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have set up special hubs across the country to test whether our drivers should still be on the road. 
In this first episode, we meet a fascinating cast of characters still driving in their 80s, 90s and even 100s. In rural Wiltshire, 102-year-old veteran Royal Naval Officer John Errol Manners has successfully cheated death three times before, so is relaxed about his date with destiny when his RoSPA assessor arrives. John likes to drive on the other side of the road so as to “see the oncoming traffic better” and his family eagerly wait for the result of the assessment. 
First to take the plunge at the RoSPA assessment HQ in Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire, is 91 year-old Joan Beech, supported by her long-suffering grandson Callum. Next up is Jack Hearn, an international Judo Grand Master, who, at 93 years of age, can still throw people half his age and twice his size. Jack makes it clear that he’s not going to let a driving examiner spoil his day. 
People take assessments for all sorts of reasons, and we get to know some fantastic individuals, all with a never-say die spirit and lust for life. But with age catching up with them, they must now face the steely gaze of the RoSPA assessors and answer the ultimate question - is it finally time to hand in the keys for good?