Barry's Lunch Club

Alex Lowe is 82 year old Barry, who invites an audience to his weekly lunch club where he scrutinises themes close to his heart. With club secretary Hilary (Stephanie Cole) to rein him in, and club treasurer Peter (Philip Pope) providing support on the civic hall piano, this is the ultimate life-style guide for an ageing nation.

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Alex Lowe is 82 year old Barry, who invites an audience to his weekly lunch club where he scrutinises themes close to his heart. With club secretary Hilary (Stephanie Cole) to rein him in, and club treasurer Peter (Philip Pope) providing support on the civic hall piano, this is the ultimate life-style guide for an ageing nation.

In this opening session, Barry responds to a question about travel for the over 60s and relates his disastrous holiday experiences on a cruise ship and at an activity holiday.

02Dating For The Over 60s2016050620210403 (BBC7)Barry offers advice about dating for the older generation. To his amazement, Hilary is happy to discuss her recent experience in the field.
03Hobbies2016051320210410 (BBC7)How do older people keep minds active? Barry discusses various hobbies while all the time keeping an eye on the ferocious dog that Hilary is minding in the hall for the morning.
04 LASTInheritance2016052020210417 (BBC7)As the builder fixes the civic hall roof, Barry deals with queries about inheritance tax.

Alex Lowe is 82 year old Barry, who invites an audience to his weekly lunch club where he scrutinises themes close to his heart. With club secretary Hilary (Stephanie Cole) to rein him in, and club treasurer Peter (Phillip Pope) providing support on the civic hall piano, this is the ultimate life-style guide for an ageing nation.

Episode 4: Inheritance
While Dave Marsh the builder fixes the perilous civic hall roof above them, Barry deals with queries about inheritance tax. How best to utilise your money?

Barry is a cockney moved to the suburbs during the war. He is not given to looking at the old days through rose coloured spectacles, and is well up to speed with current trends. A seemingly harmless old boy, he lures people into a false sense of security, delivering hilariously stinging rebukes or erudite assessments of how the world is treating the over 60s.

Stand-up comedy crossed with sitcom, the show plays out in real time as if we are eavesdropping on a civic hall meeting group.

Written by Alex Lowe and Alex Walsh-Taylor
Producer: Alex Walsh-Taylor
Executive Producer: Kevin Dawson

A Whistledown production for BBC Radio 4, first broadcast in May 2016.

Alex Lowe is 82 year-old Barry in a comedy combining sitcom and stand-up.

82-year-old Barry provides the ultimate life-style guide for an ageing nation.