How To Be Old With Nicholas Craig. Nicholas Craig (Nigel Planer). Copyright: BBC.

How To Be Old With Nicholas Craig

BBC Four sitcom. 1 episode in 2009. Stars Nigel Planer.

How To Be Old With Nicholas Craig

Nigel Planer plays 'classical actor' Nicholas Craig. He presents a masterclass on the sheer blooming hard work that goes into acting old

BBC Four
Nigel Planer
Christopher Douglas
Christopher Douglas
Lucy Kenwright

In How To Be Old, Nigel Planer's alter-ego Nicholas Craig, master of invention, theatrical historian and "absolutely bloody passionate" actor examines the intricacies, pitfalls and sheer gruelling hard work that goes into the art of being old.

Craig looks at some of the options open to the faltering actor - the Casualty patient, the Dickensian "character", the put-upon, slipper-shuffling pensioner in peril. He examines the range of opportunities in TV commercials - the smiling grandfather and the smiling health insurance patient. Technique, script and choreography together with prop handling and the choice of cardigan are all up for debate.

Anyone keen on surviving the cut and thrust of old age in the fast lane should look no further than the extraordinary tour de force that is Nicholas Craig - actor, Renaissance man and would-be pensioner.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 14th July 2009 on BBC Four at 9pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Sunday 19th July 2009 at 10:00pm