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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win A Long Way Down on DVD

Win A Long Way Down on DVD

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Lionsgate to offer three lucky readers the chance to win A Long Way Down on DVD.

Adapted from the bestselling novel by British writer Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) and with an all-star cast, A Long Way Down is a heart-warming film that follows four disillusioned strangers who meet at a life-changing moment.

When disgraced TV presenter Martin, lonely single mother Maureen, loser J.J. and misunderstood teen Jess find themselves at a desperate crossroads on New Year’s Eve they form an unlikely friendship in order to help one another weather the difficulties of life. The unusual relationship changes their lives forever.

A Long Way Down starring Pierce Brosnan

Starring Pierce Brosnan (Mamma Mia!, The Love Punch), Toni Collette (The Way Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine), Aaron Paul (TV’S Breaking Bad, Need for Speed), Imogen Poots (Filth, 28 Weeks Later), Sam Neill (Escape Plan, The Vow) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Jack Reacher), A Long Way Down is an uplifting, must see movie.

A Long Way Down is available to buy on DVD. Running time is approximately 92 minutes. RRP is £17.99.

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For Your Chance to Win

Just tell us which famous author wrote the novel which A Long Way Down is based on?

  a) Anne Tyler
  b) Martin Amis
  c) Nick Hornby
  d) Tracey Chevalier

  To Enter the Competition

Just tell us which famous author wrote the novel which A Long Way Down is based on? Then send in your answer, together with your name, address and phone number to the Sixtyplusurfers link below:

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The Great War
The People's Story

Daniel Mays plays Reg Evans

Starts Sunday 10th August, ITV1

One hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War, A Nation's Story uses the original diaries, letters, and memoirs of men and women caught up in a conflict which would change their lives and Britain forever.

Daniel Mays plays Reg Evans, a cockney lad and one of the first to volunteer to fight. He found himself a hero in the trenches, his journey is told through moving letters to his anxious mother at home.

Daniel Mays plays Reg Evans

Matthew McNulty plays Alan Lloyd, an upper-crust young man from Birmingham who joined the army in the same month he was married: his letters to his new wife from the battlefields of Ypres reveal the shock of a generation of young men coming to terms with a war more terrible than anyone had foreseen.

Matthew McNulty plays Alan Lloyd

And Myanna Buring plays Dorothy Lawrence, a young woman determined to find a part she could play in the war and who set off on her own to the trenches, undercover as a war correspondent.

Myanna Buring plays Dorothy Lawrence

These and other moving accounts sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, and brought to life by actors convey the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.


Sixtyplusurfers Interview

Len Goodman

Len Goodman and Kate Wilson, member of Alvaston Entertainment

Len Goodman and Kate Wilson, member of
Alvaston Entertainment

By Jenny Itzcovitz

Celebrity judge, Len Goodman, hosted an evening of entertainment at Warner Leisure Hotels’ Alvaston Hall in Cheshire last month to officially relaunch the hotel to guests.

Marking a £12.5 million investment from Warner Leisure Hotels - the most significant in the group’s history - Warner has built a new Cabaret Restaurant and 113 additional luxury bedrooms to meet consumer demand for British breaks.

Len Goodman

The night celebrated the ‘Best of British’ where Len Goodman introduced the National Symphony Orchestra to the stage for an unforgettable 'Last Night at the Warner Proms' led by international conductor, Anthony Inglis and soprano Philippa Healey.

We caught up with Len to find out more about the Last Night at the Warner proms, how you can enjoy the benefits of ballroom dancing, and his hobbies and interests.

Len Goodman conducting at the Last Night at the Warners' Proms

Can you tell us a bit about the ‘Last Night at the Warner Proms’ and why you decided to get involved?

"Of course! I hosted the “Last night at the Warner Proms” to celebrate the re-development of the hotel. Warner has invested £12.5 million into an additional 113 beautiful rooms and a Cabaret Restaurant that looks more like a venue you would see in Vegas rather than Cheshire!"

Len Goodman conducting at the Last Night at the Warners' Proms

What did the event include? And did you get a chance to dance and do any judging at Alvaston Hall Hotel?

"What didn’t it include is the question. We were spoilt rotten with an evening of entertainment from the one and only National Symphony Orchestra, which definitely got a ten from Len. I did get to do a spot of guest conducting and now I’m thinking of changing career!"

Len Goodman conducting at the Last Night at the Warners' Proms

What do you enjoy most about ballroom dancing and why do you think it is good for older people to get involved and take classes?

"Dancing is a fantastic way to keep fit whatever age you are, and that’s the beauty of it too, you can start at any age. It’s not something you have to do from being a kid. I didn’t start until I was 21.

"What I also love about dancing is that it’s sociable, fun and you feel like you’ve achieved something when you learn a routine or a new step - much better than running for hours on treadmill but not actually going anywhere!

"At Warner, you can join in the “Do you Warner dance” classes, learning from professionals and enjoy performances from the pros. Several of my Strictly colleagues are booked to perform at Warner Breaks this year."

Len Goodman with Simon Thompson from Warner and the Mayor of Cheshire East

   Len Goodman with Simon Thompson 
            from Warner and the Mayor
                      of Cheshire East

What would you suggest for a beginner who would like to take up ballroom dancing? What is a good starting point? How can they learn to dance and also enjoy it socially?

"Try a dance class on holiday like at Alvaston or try a local class in your area. Strictly really has boosted the number of dance classes now available across the country.

"Dancing is a great thing to do with friends and family and is a fantastic way of meeting new people."

Len Goodman with guests at Alvaston Hall Hotel

What are you working on at the moment?

"There are lots of smashing things in the pipeline. I’m also currently filming a new TV series which is taking me all across Great Britain and meeting lots of wonderful people - great fun."

Do you have any interesting hobbies or pastimes apart from dancing?

"I do enjoy a good round of golf and walks in the countryside. I did play a lot of football before I started dancing but I definitely prefer dancing! Aside from that, I love exploring the UK as there really are some hidden gems."

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

"The only message I have is to come and enjoy a stay at Alvaston Hall - and of course - keep on dancing."

Len Goodman with guests at Alvaston Hall Hotel

Len Goodman relaunched Warner’s Alvaston Hall in Cheshire on 10th July.

For more information on breaks at Alvaston Hall and other Warner hotels, visit

Or call 0844 871 4523

Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

Starts on Saturday,
23rd August BBC ONE

The BBC has  confirmed the much-anticipated eighth series of the hit sci-fi drama Doctor Who will land on BBC One on Saturday 23rd August, 2014.

The feature-length premiere episode entitled “Deep Breath” will see Peter Capaldi take on one of TV’s most iconic roles as the Twelfth Doctor, alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara.

A whole host of stars will be appearing in the new series of Doctor Who including Frank Skinner, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Keeley Hawes, Michelle Gomez, Hermione Norris, Ben Miller and
Tom Riley.

Line Of Duty's Keeley Hawes will join the cast of Doctor Who, following rave reviews for her outstanding performance as DI Lindsay Denton in the hit BBC drama. Starring opposite the Doctor, Hawes will guest star for one episode in Peter Capaldi's first ever series as the Time Lord.

Keeley Hawes as Ms Delphox

Keeley will play Ms Delphox, a powerful out-of-this-world character with a dark secret. Travelling across space and time the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), will come face to face with the mysterious Ms Delphox when they arrive on a strange and puzzling planet.

Written by Steve Thompson (Sherlock) the episode will be directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Line Of Duty, Doctor Who).

Commenting on her role, Keeley Hawes says, “I am delighted to join Doctor Who and to be working with this incredible team. Ms Delphox is a great character and someone I've had a lot of fun playing.”

While lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat adds, "Anyone watching Jed Mercurio's amazing Line Of Duty will know that Keeley Hawes is having one hell of year. And now it's about to get even better as she achieves the greatest villainy yet attempted on Doctor Who: she plays a banker."

Frank Skinner

Room 101 host Frank Skinner is also confirmed to guest star in the new series of Doctor Who which starts in August.

Frank says, "I love this show. I subscribe to Dr Who magazine, I've got a Tardis ringtone, a five-foot cardboard Dalek in my bedroom and when I got the call saying they wanted me to read for the part, I was in the back of my tour bus watching episode three of The Sensorites. I am beyond excited."

He is currently touring the UK with his stand-up show Frank Skinner: Man In A Suit, alongside presenting the Saturday Morning Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio. Skinner previously appeared in the one-off Doctor Who 50th anniversary comedy homage The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.

Steven Moffat, lead writer and executive producer, says, “It's no secret that Frank's been pitching vigorously to get into Doctor Who for a while. He's been volunteering to be 'third monster on the left' as long as I've been in this job. But now, in Jamie Mathieson's sparkling script, we finally have a part that can showcase all of Frank's famous wit and charm. Hopefully he'll get out of my garden now.”

The episode is written by Jamie Mathieson (Being Human, Dirk Gently), directed by Paul Wilmshurst (Strike Back, Combat Kids), and also stars David Bamber, Daisy Beaumont, Janet Henfrey and Christopher Villiers.

Sanjeev Bhaskar

Popular comedian, actor and broadcaster Sanjeev Bhaskar is also excited to be joining the cast of Doctor Who.

Speaking about the role Sanjeev says, “I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to and now be part of the Doctor Who universe. Another dream box ticked!”

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, says, “I’m completely thrilled that Sanjeev Bhaskar is coming to the aid of the Doctor. The danger is never deadlier than in a finale episode, and the Time Lord is going to need all the help he can get!”

Doctor Who is a BBC Wales production for BBC One. The new series will introduce Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for the first time to millions of viewers.

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Colman in Doctor Who

For more details about Doctor Who check out the official website at

Bruce Forsyth's Hall of Fame

Bruce Forsyth


BBC Entertainment has commissioned a new show for legendary host Sir Bruce Forsyth, Bruce Forsyth's Hall Of Fame for BBC One.

Much-loved national television icon, the legendary Sir Bruce Forsyth, is back in his first show since announcing he is stepping down from hosting Strictly Come Dancing after more than a decade. In Bruce Forsyth's Hall Of Fame (w/t), Saturday night entertainment comes to life with some of the biggest names in show business taking to the stage to celebrate the artists who inspired their careers.

This show puts a modern twist on the most famous acts of all time. It's a chance for today's stars to pay homage to their heroes and find out what it's like to perform as their showbiz legends would have done. The artists take it in turn to wow viewers with show-stopping performances and treat the audience to a great Saturday night in.

Bruce Forsyth's Hall Of Fame is a Kalooki Pictures and Hat Trick co-production for BBC One. It has been commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning. The Executive Producers are Jane Lush and Jimmy Mulville. The series producer is Martin Dance (Derren Brown, Comic and Sport Relief, Dave's One Night Stand).

Sir Bruce Forsyth says, “As soon as I heard about this I thought it was a wonderful idea; I can't help being excited. It will also be great to work with Jane again and with Jimmy.”

Mark Linsey says, “Bruce is a legend of BBC One Saturday night TV and it’s fantastic news that he’ll be back to host this exciting one-off special for us.”

Jane Lush comments, “I couldn't be more excited to be working again with Sir Bruce exactly 10 years since we first embarked on the Strictly Come Dancing adventure together. And there is no one I would rather have as a co-producing partner than Jimmy Mulville and the brilliant team at Hat Trick.”

Jimmy Mulville adds, "It's such an honour to be working with Sir Bruce again after his classic appearance on Have I Got News For You 10 years ago and a delight to be co-producing with Jane Lush whose small team seem to have the biggest and best ideas!"