Off Their Rockers. Copyright: CPL Productions.

Off Their Rockers

ITV sketch show featuring OAP stars. 28 episodes (4 series), 2013 - 2016. Stars Rosemary Macvie, Rosie Bannister, Royston Mayoh, Seb Craig and others.

Press Clippings

Off Their Rockers given 'Blue Badge' specials

The OAP anarchy will give way to "a brilliant cast of disabled actors to prank the unsuspecting British public" on ITV.

Ella Hill, Radio Times, 13th April 2015

Some of the country's more sprightly pensioners are back for a third series of playing pranks on the unsuspecting public. Showing that there's no age limit on having a silly sense of humour, the hidden camera show tonight sees Seb trying his hand at selling cheap suits and Mo wreaking havoc with his mobility scooter.

Nicole Vassell, The Telegraph, 1st March 2015

Radio Times review

Faced with charming, plucky pensioners mucking about, we will forgive a lot. It's human nature. The members of the public duped by mischievous codgers in this hidden-camera pranks show, for instance, generally come away with their day brightened. And for us at home, it's hard to cling onto that spoilsport feeling that the hokey set-ups should have made it screamingly obvious that the old-timers were actors.

Even the most unlikely scenarios, such as an elderly couple approaching two young lovers on Brighton beach and immediately announcing that they need someone to watch them rehearse a wedding dance, end in life-affirming smiles all round.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 1st March 2015

Being older doesn't necessarily mean being wiser.

Back for a third run, Off Their Rockers sees a bunch of eccentric senior citizens misbehaving by playing light-hearted pranks on unsuspecting members of the public.

Aged between 63 and 86, all the old cast favourites return with a few new faces thrown into the mix.

Prankster Royston Mayoh has been in the show since it started in 2013. He used to be a TV director and producer on hit shows such as This Is Your Life and Opportunity Knocks.

Now in his seventies, Royston steps in front of the camera to play tricks instead.

"I have always worked with actors and performers," he grins. "So this new career is a very welcome reversal of roles. It is rare that being an OAP is advantagous."

The stunts may seem effortless, but Royston insists a lot of work goes into making them work on screen.

"When we are 'engaging' with a member of the public, we are constantly aware of the hidden camera angles," he adds.

"We have to ensure our subject isn't facing the wrong way or speaking away from the hidden microphone.

"There's no time to relax and enjoy it fully until it's in the can. Then we can laugh - and we certainly do!"

Susanna Galton, The Mirror, 28th February 2015

Off Their Rockers gets a third series

ITV has ordered a third series of Off Their Rockers, the hidden camera prank show involving OAP actors.

British Comedy Guide, 7th August 2014

Producers cut scenes after love cheats caught on camera

There were a few scenes we filmed in a park with a couple and they didn't sign a release form because they shouldn't have been together in the first place.

Claire Hodgson, The Mirror, 6th April 2014

Radio Times review

A generation not often associated with smartphones makes full use of them in the second series of this good-natured geriatric prank show.

Many of us are too addicted to our screens to notice we were about to be on Candid Camera until it was too late. In Off Their Rockers, that's how you end up being outfoxed by a harmless-looking elderly lady - and if one asks you to send a text for her, be very afraid. Be aware, too, of men who ask you to scratch their backs, people selling fajitas "with salsa", nuns on mobility scooters and older couples who appear to have fallen out.

It's rather gladdening to see that, in an apparently driven and heartless society, a lot of people are willing to stop to either help or humour a senior citizen who asks for assistance. And it's almost equally cheering to note that "pull my finger" gags never get, well, old.

Emma Sturgess, Radio Times, 6th April 2014

ITV prank show Off Their Rockers to return

Off Their Rockers, the ITV hidden camera show involving OAPs pranking members of the public, has been given a second series.

British Comedy Guide, 2nd July 2013

Sarah Millican: Old people are funny, flirty and farty

"Old is not a personality type. Just something you occasionally feel when a nine-year-old policeman pulls you over, or you find your first white beard hair"

Sarah Millican, Radio Times, 27th May 2013

God forbid I am ever diagnosed as terminally ill, but if it happens I shall be buying the complete series of Off Their Rockers and watching it on an endless loop. It wouldn't actually make my life last any longer, but it would certainly feel like it.

Off Their Rockers is a hidden-camera show featuring elderly pranksters preying upon young targets. It is a novelty that wears off pretty quickly, and the little interest I had in the show disappeared entirely after 12 minutes exactly. I know because I made a point of looking at the time.

But then I hate hidden-camera shows. In fairness, several of the set-ups were inventive - the out-of-control mobility scooter and helium balloons taking flight pushed proceedings into the realm of the mildly amusing - and the performances of the cast were excellent.

However, the nature of the comedy is predictable and repetitive, and with the trailer for the second episode promising to rehash several scenarios from the first, it is fair to assume things won't be getting any better.

Harry Venning, The Stage, 15th April 2013