Do programmes like strictly, dancing on Ice and I’m a celebrity get me out of here and the voice aid inter-generational understanding and interaction?
The more mature contestants on these shows have shown that just because you are heading towards getting a free bus pass it does not mean you are past it. It’s not just celebs who are fitter, healthier and willing to try new things many over 50’s are taking part in sports and activities that their parents’ generation at a similar age would not have.
This year many rock Icons turn 65 including David Bowie and the Black Sabbath reunion, album and tour caused a media frenzy when it was announced. There are ageing icons from all walks of life Helen Mirren and Richard Gere form the acting world, Alex Ferguson and Sharon Davis from sport. Authors Patricia Cornwell and John Grisham and from the world of science Stephen Hawking has been described as the first rock star of science.
Older men have always courted younger women and now we have the rise of the cougar and recent research found that around 65% of the under 35’s would date someone up to 30 years their senior if they were attractive an interesting. We also have many mentoring schemes where one group passes its expertise and knowledge to another and this is a two way street.
In the face of all this my question stands do prime time TV shows that show the over 50’s in a positive light aid intergenerational understanding and interaction?