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100 Year Old Driving School

  • Episode: 

    3 of 3

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 26 Sep 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 39 2017 : Sat 23 Sep - Fri 29 Sep
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    Last in series
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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 third and final episode, RoSPA set up their mobile hub at a fire station in Bristol and among those who arrive to be tested is former tank commander John Hamilton. Now in his 100th year, John may know how to drive a Bren gun carrier, but he’s never actually taken a driving test. While he is confident of passing, things don’t get off to a great start when he hits a kerb within seconds of setting off on his assessment. 
 
One man with a point to prove is 100-year-old Geoffrey Gillow, whose daughter wants him to stop driving. Geoffrey is determined to pass with flying colours and show his daughter he’s safe to drive.
 
For 91-year-old Patricia Deacon, driving is more for her husband Geoff than herself after he suffered a stroke, preventing him from getting behind the wheel. A former teacher, Pat is not the easiest of pupils - insisting on being addressed as Mrs Deacon - and she isn’t keen on anyone grabbing her steering wheel or talking to her while she drives, whether it’s her husband or a RoSPA examiner. Can she win over her assessor?
 
The programme also revisits some characters from previous series, in the form of 100-year-old Mary Ellis, and Harold Veazey, now a spritely 98. Harold was last seen almost running into an articulated lorry but he remains confident that he can still get behind the wheel.