Esther Rantzen in talks with BBC bosses to bring back That’s Life!
ESTHER RANZEN has begun talks with BBC over bringing back iconic TV show That’s Life!
Running from 1973 to 1994, the magazine style show was notable for presenting hard-hitting investigations alongside satire and occasional light entertainment.
The show was a massive hit with viewers and BBC bosses are 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.
‘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.’
When 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.’
It is understood 77-year-old Esther would be offered a part in the show but behind the camera, possibly as a producer.
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.
Author: Chloe Kerr