‘I can say with supreme confidence that there has never been a more heart-wrenching bit of TV than poor, lovely Eric explaining that, in the depths of despair, the only thing that made him walk away from the cliff’s edge he found himself walking his dog along one dark day, was the knowledge that Fido would follow him over.’

- The Guardian

‘Pick’ *****

- The Mail on Sunday

‘Pick of the Day.’

- Daily Mail

Britain’s Oldest Crooks

1 x 60'

UK Premiere 9pm, 10th December 2015 on ITV1

As the UK population ages, so do its criminals; the over 60s are now the fastest growing age group in UK prisons. These pensioners are not growing old gracefully, having committed everything from robbery, to fraud, to…pigeon feeding.

Old age, it seems, is no barrier to committing crime, whether it’s breaching an ASBO or continuing a lifelong stealing habit. There are nearly 4000 over 60s in UK prisons – but when it costs nearly £40,000 annually to lock up an aged pensioner, is sending them to prison always the best solution?

Whether it is or not, their crimes aren’t without consequences and as these aged criminals confront their mortality, each is coming to terms with their behaviour in their own way.

Executive Producer: Paul Hamann

Produced by: Eloise King

Filmed & Directed by: Richard Wylie

Editor: Richard Fretwell



Distributed by: ITV Studios Global Entertainment



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