A humorous and fearless speaker, Esther Rantzen is one of the best-known faces on television. For twenty-one years she produced and hosted "That's Life!" the most successful consumer programme in the history of television, reaching audiences of up to twenty two million viewers.
A former Oxford graduate, Esther's career in journalism began with BBC Radio as a sound effects assistant. From there she moved into television as a researcher/reporter for Braden's Week and then in 1973 as producer/presenter of That's Life which was on air for 21 years.
Esther has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as British women's experience of childbirth, stillbirth, mental health and child abuse. In 1986 she invented the concept of ChildLine, and chaired its Board of trustees for 20 years.
After the merger of ChildLine with NSPCC in February 2006 Esther became President of ChildLine and a trustee of the NSPCC. In 2008 she took on one of her biggest challenges by appearing on ITV1's I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
Other TV appearances include Who Do You Think You Are? (the popular BBC1 genealogy series), Winton's Children (documentary on the work of Sir Nicholas Winton), Would Like To Meet (on dating), How To Have a Good Death (on palliative care), Excuse My French, (learning French), the BBC1 consumer series, Old Dogs, New Tricks, Grumpy Old Women and Strictly Come Dancing on which she lasted three weeks.
Esther Rantzen has received a number of awards including the OBE for services to broadcasting, and the CBE for services to children. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to children and older people through ChildLine and The Silver Line.