The End of Ageing

1 x 52 min HD Documentary

In this pioneering documentary, Professor Rose Anne Kenny takes us through the science and the consequences of living longer lives. We find out how we can slow down the ageing process, how science can help us live longer and questions whether science can help us to cheat death?


  • Executive Producer – Stephen Rooke, Dave Farrell
  • Producer – Stephen Rooke
  • Director – Ruán Magan
  • Presenter – Professor Rose Anne Kenny
  • Script Editor – David Ryan
  • Lighting Cameraman – Colm Whelen
RELEASE DATE: October 2010
GENRES: Documentary, Science
SERIES FORMAT: 6 x 51 minute


  • RTÉ

THE END OF AGEING, a science documentary presented by Professor Rose Anne Kenny (Professor of Geriatric Medicine TCD, Director of the Centre for Successful Ageing, St. James’s Hospital) takes an in-depth look into one of the most important issues facing the world. The documentary explains what is happening in age prevention, shows our audience how they can lengthen their own life spans and explains how some scientists now believe they are on the way to finding the Elixir of Life. In just a few short decades one third of the developed world’s population will be over 60. Scientists believe that by 2040 we can expect to live to 104 – who knows what we might be looking at in centuries to come

Professor Rose Anne Kenny also looks at how and why people are living longer than ever before; the social, biological and scientific changes that are increasing our life spans; and how Ireland is leading the way in the development of age prevention technologies.

Such power over life itself poses profound questions: What impact is it going to have on our futures, on our finances and on our societies? What plans should our governments and state bodies begin making to prepare for an ever-ageing population? Do people really want to live longer and suffer the inevitable weakening in their capacities? And is it morally right at this most essential level to transcend human fallibility and assume the role of God?

The latest scientific research into the ageing process is also explored as Professor Kenny talks to leading experts about the possibility that some of us living today might achieve what humans have longed for since time began: Immortality. In the documentary she also looks at developing medical expertise, gene therapies, new technologies and other essential products and services to service peoples desire to live longer.THE END OF AGEING is a visually rich, stylish and arresting documentary, filmed entirely on HD. The story itself is gripping and universal. It speaks to all of us.


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