Channel NewsAsia presents: Super Octogenarians – A series on a few spunky seniors working way past their retirement age

Channel NewsAsia presents:
Premieres Thursday, 1st February 2018 (8 episodes)
Thursdays, 9.30pm (SIN/KL/MNL) / 8.30pm (BKK/JKT) / 7.00pm (DEL)

Watch it first online at from 25th January onwards.

SUPER OCTOGENARIANS: Is 80 the new 50? Super Octogenarians tracks down a few spunky seniors who are working way past their retirement age, and redefining the notion of active ageing. We travel across Asia to witness how these gutsy seniors are debunking the stock images we have of the old, and inspiring all with the tremendous energy they put into their extended professional lives. From Singapore to Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Taiwan and Thailand, eight octogenarians show us how age is just a number, and that the world is still their oyster – eight decades and more later.

In the series, we also invite eight of Asia’s most exciting photographers to share the compelling worlds of these super octogenarians. The photographer’s task: To come up with a series of photographs based on the theme NEVER TOO OLD. Through this collaboration, they befriend each other, and the young come to see the world through the eyes of the old. The end result is often heartwarming as it is meaningful. And the photographs will surprise everyone.

In India, photographer Hashim meets the cartoonist who is a boyhood fav – and discovers how the artist is game enough to put on quirky glasses and jump on ledges for that priceless shot; in China, bohemian photographer Yanan gets 86- year-old serial entrepreneur Wu Shengmeng to dress her up in her image; in Singapore, fashion photographer Jayden styles pioneer artist Chieu Shuey Fook into a Northern Renaissance man; and in Japan, Hitoshi incorporates octogenarian Masako’s Excel Art into some stunning photographs.


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Episode 1: Thursday, February 01, 2018
Throughout his illustrious career, 83-year-old Aabid Surti has established himself as a writer, painter and cartoonist. In his 70s, he took on yet another role as India’s water warrior. And his mission – to spread the message of water conservation, one tap at a time.

Episode 2: Thursday, February 08, 2018
Octogenarian Chieu Shuey Fook is a second-generation Singapore artist. Known for his experimental works, his art involves unexpected materials like metal and cement. With age, his art has gotten bigger, bolder and more youthful. Now in his 80s, innovation remains his primary motivation.

Episode 3: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Wu Shengming was once one of China’s richest entrepreneurs. But she took a sharp fall when she was convicted for commercial fraud. Getting out of jail in her 70s, she kept her promise to her daughter to turn her life around, and now runs a business empire catering to the elderly.

Episode 4: Thursday, February 22, 2018
For most, retirement is a time to slow down. For Masako Wakamiya, it was a time for acceleration & exploration as she dived into the world of computing, the Internet and Excel Art. Now she is the world’s oldest app developer, and an inspiring figure with her TEDx talk.

Episode 5: Thursday, March 01, 2018
For Singaporean pioneer architect Tan Cheng Siong, there is no meaning in the word retirement. Driven by a strong sense of mission, the man behind the iconic Pearl Bank Apartments and the father of luxury housing in China is still challenging conventions of architecture and city-planning today.

Episode 6: Thursday, March 08, 2018
Cooking and teaching is in Teacher Srisamorn’s blood. Widely respected as the country’s culinary guru on traditional Thai food, Teacher Srisamorn selflessly imparts her knowledge to the younger generation. From writing cookbooks to co-hosting a long-running radio programme, there is no stopping her.

Episode 7: Thursday, March 15, 2018
A love for all living things since young spurred octogenarian Dr Mangku to become a veterinarian, then a general practitioner. After his retirement, Dr Mangku continues to serve in a clinic he set up for low-income communities in Indonesia.

Episode 8: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Once a runner in her teens, Pan Xiu-yun picked up the sport again in her 60s to strengthen her ailing knees. Her knees got better and she went on to set age group records at multiple track events. Nicknamed Jetplane Grandma, she is working towards her next goal – to conquer the highest mountains in the world.


About Channel NewsAsia
Channel NewsAsia Singapore was established in March 1999 by Mediacorp, and is an English language Asian TV News channel. Positioned to “Understand Asia”, it reports on global developments with Asian perspectives. Channel NewsAsia brings viewers not only the latest news but also the stories behind the headlines. Based in Singapore, it has correspondents in major Asian cities and key Western ones, including New York, Washington D.C., London and Brussels.

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