As we begin the third series of The Real Marigold Hotel, it’s time to turn our attention to the line-up.

Let’s have a look at the celebrity guests who will be trying out life in India, to see whether it makes an appealing retirement option for them.

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The Series 3 Cast of The Real Marigold Hotel

Where is The Real Marigold Hotel?

This season takes us to a brand new Indian location: Udaipur.

Also known as the City of Lakes, it’s located in western Indian, in the state of Rajasthan.

The Real Marigold hotel line-up: Selina Scott

This marks a return to the BBC for the newsreader and journalist, who vowed never to work for the BBC again back in 2002. Aged 67, she also runs a farm.

Known for her years of presenting the Breakfast show and The Clothes Show, Selina also made famous documentaries about Prince Charles and Donald Trump.

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Selina Scott

Stephanie Beacham

Although Stephanie has a long and varied acting career, including stints on Bad Girls and Coronation Street, she’ll always be best known for her role as glamorous Sable Colby on Dynasty.

Recently, Stephanie, 71, caused controversy by referring to the infamous Harvey Weinstein as a ‘poor bloke’.

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Stephanie Beacham

Peter Dean

You probably know him as cheeky Cockney market boy Pete Beale, from the original line-up of Eastenders.

He left the show back in 1993, parting not entirely on the best of terms. It hasn’t stopped people greeting him with Pete’s catchphrase, though – ‘Hello, treacle’.

A practicing Buddhist, Peter has made a number of guest starring roles on television since leaving the BBC soap.

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Peter Dean

Syd Little

As one half of the double act Little and Large, Syd has been bringing comedy to television for decades.

He’s also an accomplished guitarist and has appeared on Celebrity Masterchef. If that sounds like thirsty work, he also runs a pub with his wife in Fleetwood!

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Syd Little

The Krankies – Ian and Janine Tough

The first couple to appear together in The Real Marigold Hotel line-up, the Scottish comedians have had a long career on stage and screen.

Although their act usually consists of Janette dressed as schoolboy ‘Jimmy Krankie’, it appears she’s left the shorts and cap behind for this trip to India.

Royal Variety staples, the two have featured on Crackerjack and still regularly appear in panto.

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Janette and Ian Tough – The Krankies

Stanley Johnson

Father of former Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, Stanley will no doubt be looking beyond Europe for retirement opportunities thanks to his son’s role in ruining that option for everyone.

A politician and author in his own right, Stanley will hopefully find this experience a little easier on body and soul than his time in the I’m a Celebrity… jungle.

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Stanley Johnson

Bob Champion

A Grand National winning jockey, Bob’s achievement is all the more famous for his personal victory over cancer in the lead up to the race and winning it on a horse who had come back from serious injury. No wonder they made a film about it.

He also runs the Bob Champion Cancer Trust, raising money for research.

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Bob Champion

Susan George

The actress who appeared in cult classics like Straw Dogs and Dirty Mary Crazy Larry is also a breeder of Arabian horses in Exmoor.

Her last acting appearance was with Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) in 2009’s City of Life.

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Susan George

 

WATCH THE REAL MARIGOLD HOTEL EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON BBC ONE, AT 9 PM.