Dame Esther Rantzen DBE

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Founder, Childline

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After a long stint observing human mores and championing consumers, Esther has eventually joined Grumpy Old Women. She has also learnt French for the TV cameras, written a novel and set up Childline.


Esther Rantzen both produced and presented the long-running BBC consumer show, That's Life! She also fronted several other successful series including The Big Time, Drugwatch, Hearts of Gold and The Gift of Life.

Esther began her career as a sound effects manager in the drama department, then became a researcher and reporter for television. She went on to produce and present three programmes about child abuse, which led to her founding the charity Childline. Esther remains President of the helpline for children in trouble or danger.

Amongst her many awards are the BBC TV Personality of the Year, the RTS special judges' prize and the Richard Dimbleby BAFTA Award. She has co-authored three books: Kill the Chocolate Biscuit and Baby Love (with Desmond Wilcox) and Ben, The Story of Ben Hardwick.

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