100 Years Younger in 21 Days is a four-part ITV series that stars eight well-loved and well-worn celebrities taking part in a bold and unique experiment to find out if we really can stop the ageing process.
Where is the series filmed?
The show is filmed in the beautiful scenery of Sardinia’s east coast. The stunning destination was chosen for the 100 Days Younger Clinic because the population in Sardinia are twice as likely to reach their 100th birthday as Brits.
“It was beautiful. I loved it there. If I had another chance I would go back there again,” said Sandra Martin.
Speaking about the health benefits of the region, Claire King said: “It’s just the way of life. I’d known about blue zones before and Sardinia, I understand, because it is so mountainous and there is not a huge population, it’s just mountains and goats. It’s basically just the goat herders and the villagers and they have to walk miles and are very active.
Also the diet, which mainly includes goats cheese, curd, mutton, bits of meat but mainly cheese, bread and red wine. Whatever they can grow and make for themselves, so everything is fresh. Also, having that family life and everybody looks after each other. And they still work, even into their 80s and 90s and it gives them a sense of purpose rather than just retiring, which seems to be when people start withering because they are not using their brain or their hands. There’s various elements that all contribute to the fact it’s a blue zone.”
June Brown commented: "It was very isolated, we weren’t near any big towns. I went up the mountain and there was such a wonderful community up there. I didn’t even see any cars. People were walking about and everybody seemed to know everybody. I didn’t even see any shops! They are not governed by our sort of society. They live in a more simple society and I think that's the key."
Sid Owen said that the big difference in the country was the air quality.
“The pollution here is so bad. You feel completely different out there, clean and clear-headed,” said the soap star. “When I came back to London I really noticed the difference. I loved Sardinia, it was a stunning location. There were a lot of steps up to the hotel and at first I thought, ‘Oh my god, these steps’. But after a while I didn’t even notice them and just bounced up them. The whole place was almost perfect.”
Catchphrase comic Roy Walker added: “One of my favourite jokes used to be about Ireland. You ask a man who reached 100 years old, ‘To what do you contribute your long life?’ and he says, ‘Ah it’s the weather in Ireland’. You ask, ‘Is it good for you?’ He says, ‘No, it would put years on you!’
“So it’s the weather in Sardinia. It’s a wonderful place, I can’t tell you. You get up in the morning and you feel great. You’ve no idea! Our breakfast views, it was like a James Bond movie. Beautiful.”
Who is the narrator?
The distinct tones of Stephen Fry will be immediately recognisable to viewers.
The comic, actor, writer and TV presenter lends his voice to the ITV documentary series.
Who are the experts?
Professor Ian Philp CBE – Heading the Experiment
Professor Philp has spent over 30 years working for the NHS in older people's care as a doctor, educator and policy-maker and has received a CBE for his services. His roles have ranged from "Tsar" for Older People in the Department of Health to Professor of Global Ageing at the University of Stirling in his native Scotland. He established the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing and is an Adviser to the World Health Organisation on promoting healthy ageing. He gave his NHS work up recently to run the social enterprise ‘Easy Care Academy’ – promoting healthy ageing in 30 countries across the World.
Thorbjorg Hafsteinsdottir (Thor) – Nutritionist
Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdóttir is the author of 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks, the best-selling book that has taken women by storm in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Originally trained as a nurse, Thorbjorg has additional qualifications in functional medicine and 23 years’ experience in nutrition. She specialises in sugar addiction, obesity, diabetes, women's diseases, and anti-ageing. For more than 20 years she has been a popular lecturer for numerous large enterprises, including the Icelandic government and Copenhagen's city authority, and she has done TV in Denmark and Iceland.
Simone Ripamonti – Fitness Trainer
Simone was born in Sardinia in 1983. He is a qualified sports scientist and fitness coach who has spent most of his career working for some of the most prestigious football clubs in the world including Real Madrid. Whilst at Real Madrid he worked as part of their injury prevention team looking after some of the most famous footballers in the world including Raul, Van Nistelrooy and Sergio Ramos. In 2015 he returned to his native Sardinia to enjoy the phenomenal quality of life – eating well, exercising well and being out on the water paddleboarding. He has two businesses in Sardinia: The Sardegna Sport Lab and Top Training.
Dr Sunil Chopra BSc, MBBs, MRCP – Skin Expert Dr Sunil Chopra is a member of the British Association of Dermatology. He is fully accredited and is registered with the General Medical Council. His specialist interests include skin cancer, scalp problems, pigmentation problems, acne scarring and rosacea. Dr Chopra's undergraduate training was at University College London and he did his postgraduate medical training at University College London and Chase Farms Hospital. He also did one year's training in chest medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Dr Chopra spent two years carrying out full time research on the blood and nerve supply of skin, two years working at University College London, two years at Hammersmith & Ealing Hospitals and two years at Bart's & The London Hospital.
What is 100 Years Younger in 21 Days?
Britain’s leading longevity professor has invited a group of celebrities to Sardinia, home to one of the oldest populations in the world. They are asked to commit to a strict diet and exercise regime bespoke for their individual needs, which will push them to their limits, whilst undertaking cutting edge and extreme anti-ageing treatments including snail facials, coffee enemas and cow urine shampoos.
After 21 days of intensive rejuvenation, the celebrities are assessed once again. Can they collectively lose 100 years from their face, body and brain ages, without going under the knife?
Who are the celebrities?
Soap legend June Brown, actress Claire King, presenter Roy Walker, Eastenders stalwart Sid Owen, actress and presenter Sherrie Hewson, musician Shaun Ryder, astrologer Russell Grant and TV personality Sandra Martin are all subjected to scientific testing to discover how well, or badly, they are ageing, inside and out.
100 Years Younger in 21 Days airs Tuesday at 9pm on ITV.
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