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Judith Holder

Judith Holder is a bestselling comedy writer, TV producer and speaker. She originated the BBC series and stage shows 'Grumpy Old Women' which have sold worldwide. One of Judith’s talks is an uplifting and interesting talk about late middle age. Most of all a funny and affectionate look at what it now means to get old. And how for many people over 50 they are having the time of their lives.

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About Judith Holder

Judith Holder’s talks hit the spot for people over 40. Or indeed anyone who lives or knows one (which makes just about everyone). All they need to be are empathetic, authentic and affectionate and can laugh out loud.

Biography

Judith Holder has been responsible for a lot of well-known peak time TV for both BBC and ITV.

Her most memorable achievements include

  • sending Joanna Lumley to a Desert Island
  • reuniting the cast of ‘The Sound of Music’
  • organising the ‘Let’s Do It – a Tribute to Victoria Wood.

She’s produced some of the best comedy talent in the business including Dame Edna, Clive James, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Billy Connolly.

Moreover she wrote and produced the BBC Two series ‘Grumpy Old Women‘ and appeared as the “everywoman” in all three series.

Co-writing the three spin off stage shows with Jenny Éclair, these shows have toured all over the globe. That includes the UK, New Zealand, Australia and Scandinavia.

The most recent one ‘Fifty Shades of Beige’ is currently touring the UK on a 43-date run.

She has two BAFTA nominations, two RTS awards, The Centre Award for special achievements RTS North East 2010. All this is code for – she’s pretty old.

Age is something that really interests her. As a result, she recently did a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Population Ageing. On a good day she felt like she had conquered the world, on a bad day she suspected they might have mistaken her for someone else.

Judith has written the following books:

  • ‘Grumpy Old Women The Official Handbook’,
  • ‘The Secret Diary of a Grumpy Old Woman’,
  • ‘It’s (not) Grim Up North’, ‘Grumpy Old Couples’,
  • ‘Grumpy Old Holidays’
  • ‘Mum in a Million’

She also co-wrote with Jenny Éclair ‘Wendy the Bumper Book of Fun for Women of a Certain Age’.

Speeches

GREY PRIDE

Judith speaks on the subject of ageing – the baby boomers (of which she is one) are reinventing older age and are acting more like a band of teenagers with liver spots and a need for a nice sit down, rather than settling for a life in beige helping out at the WI. They’ve got all the money, they’re going to live till they’re about 103 and they have the highest divorce rate in the UK. Get the picture? Judith’s talk is an uplifting and interesting talk about late middle age but most of all a funny and affectionate look at what it now means to get old.

THE TIME OF OUR LIVES

Judith speaks on the subject of ageing with a large drizzle of mischief as well as affection. The baby boomers (of which she is one) are reinventing older age. They are acting more like a band of teenagers with liver spots rather than settling for a life in beige making tray bakes for the W. I. They’ve got all the money, they’re going to live till they’re about 103 and they have the highest divorce rate in the UK. You’re more likely to find them at zumba or Glastonbury than on a bowling green these days. They shop in Zara rather than M and S.

Testimonials

"Judith was able to talk about all the things that we felt, saw and thought about but would never share. Even with our closest friend. A great evening’s entertainment."

WI Witney

"For women of a certain age, Judith's talk really hit the spot. Never have WI ladies been so attentive and laughed out loud so often during the Grumpy Old Women presentation"

West and East Hendred WI

"I am writing on behalf of the Institute to thank you for such an enjoyable and fun talk. Members are still talking about it now. I keep thinking of things that I wish I had mentioned to you! I hope you managed to sell all of your books. I know quite a few people bought them."

WI Tiddington Oxfordshire

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