Retirement TV show plans weekly edition

Goodbye, 9 to 5!, Britains only regular TV programme addressing the interests of the retired and "aspire to retire" population, is planning its growth from a fortnightly to a weekly programme.

[UKPRwire, Mon Aug 17 2009] Goodbye, 9 to 5! - Britain's only regular TV programme aimed directly at the interests of the retired population - is aiming to move from fortnightly to a weekly production schedule in late September.

The programme is presently shown at 6pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings by satellite broadcaster Information TV on Sky channel 166 and Freesat 402, but producer Chris Gosling is hoping to also confirm a better timeslot for the new weekly editions.

"Being up against the main early news slot is not a recipe for building a big audience, but it is an ideal place in which to develop the programme," he said. "We started with a show which wasn't ready for a bigger viewer count, but now we have a regular programme which is full of appropriate new content and genuine interest for Britains twelve million retired people."

The latest edition of the programme, number 6, premieres on Wednesday 19th August, and features interview/advice sessions with an independent financial adviser and an opthalmic optician, plus features about electric buggies, a dog show special and a viewer's own video about his home town - Maldon in Essex.

As interest grows in the programme, Gosling says he is more often asked to define it's ethos. He said, "Goodbye 9 to 5!'s viewpoint is that older people's interests are exactly the same as everyone else, except where our ordinary interests are varied or denied purely because of age. In other words, we're just as likely to enjoying reading, sailing, mountain-climbing just as much as anyone, although we might have to adjust our particular interest due to physical or other reasons."

"But we do have special concerns around such things as healthcare and welfare, income and equal treatment," he added, "and we'll be tackling some of the political issues around these, too."

Sample programme clips are at

For more information, contact Chris Gosling on 07931 310254

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