There are some 14,500 centenarians in the UK – a number due to double every ten years, which will make Britain’s population one of the oldest in the world. One in every three babies born now is likely to live to be at least 100. A reflection of medical advances and improving living standards, living to a hundred has serious financial and social impacts on their lives, their families and society. But no one seems prepared for this explosion in society: not the government, not the NHS, not their families, not even the centenarians themselves. Presented by Joan Bakewell, this Panorama Special looks at what life is like for seven centenarians. Many are still alert and active – like 105 year old Diana Gould, who exercises every day. Actor Earl Cameron’s last part was at 97 in ‘The Inception’ with Leonardo DiCaprio. He is ready if his agent calls. Others are acutely lonely, like George Emmerson, an amateur painter and former tax officer, now living alone after his wife of 68 years died. But like many, he values his independence and still wants to live at home. However, like most centenarians he heavily relies on health and social care. But budgets for state pensions, care allowances and the NHS are increasingly squeezed while demand is rising exponentially. For families caught between the needs of their surviving parents, and those of their children and grandchildren, this is an unbearable choice. But one we must all prepare for.