Belfast Telegraph

Esther Rantzen in talks to bring back That's Life! - report

Esther Rantzen played coy when asked about the possibility of her series That's Life! heading back to the small screen.

Esther Rantzen is reportedly in talks to bring back her much-loved TV series That's Life!

The 77-year-old TV personality fronted the iconic show from 1973 to 1994 and is said to be in discussions with the BBC about returning as a producer or in another role behind the camera if it does head back to small screens.

That's Life! was a massive hit with viewers due to its mix of hard-hitting segments and light entertainment, with BBC bosses apparently convinced it would be more popular than similar programmes like The One Show if it returned.

"It is early days but if everything is signed off the plan is to keep the concept of the programme the same as the original," a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper. "It was about fighting for people's rights, raising awareness and also having fun. The world has changed but those are still the ingredients of a hit show, especially when you look at the success of The One Show and Watchdog in the current schedules.

"It seems an obvious show to bring back and one that would have a great chance of being popular all over again."

That's Life! was originally launched as a consumer protection programme, and raised topical issues such as the importance of seat belts and increasing awareness for child organ transplants. It attracted more than 20 million viewers at its peak.

Asked about the possibility of That's Life! returning, Esther played coy with her response to the Daily Mirror, saying: "There is a possibility. A twinkle in someone's eye. I say no more than that."

BBC representatives have declined to comment on the report.

© Cover Media

Belfast Telegraph Digital


From Belfast Telegraph