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Get up close and personal with national treasure Esther

Where: The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury

When: Thursday, November 1, 7.30pm

To celebrate her fiftieth year in broadcasting, award-winning broadcasting legend, philanthropist and campaigner, Dame Esther Rantzen is coming towards the end of her debut live UK tour, That's Life.

The tour sees Esther and her daughter, the presenter and journalist Rebecca Wilcox, play to venues across the country which includes an evening at Tewkesbury's Roses Theatre on November 1.

Esther and Rebecca will take a look back at their illustrious careers as well as offering up a candid insight into their family and personal life.

With Rebecca asking the all-important impertinent questions, the tour gives fans a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the country's national treasures as she shares a range of moving and funny anecdotes, insight into life behind the TV cameras as well as revealing some outrageous stories from her 50 years in broadcasting.

These will include references to the lighter hearted side of That's Life - performing pet dogs and not forgetting those unusually-shaped vegetables!

Esther is best known for her 21-year stint on iconic and acclaimed TV series That's Life (BBC1), where she was the longest-serving presenter, hosting the magazine show between 1973 and 1994.

More recently, her varied and acclaimed broadcasting career includes appearances on some of the UK's biggest TV shows from Who Do You Think You Are?, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing to BBC1 consumer series Old Dogs, Grumpy Old Women, New Tricks and Would Like To Meet.

Esther's tireless campaigning and charity work is legendary and has transformed countless lives - in 1986 she founded ChildLine, the first national helpline for children in danger or distress and in 2013 she set up the charity The Silver Line to help combat isolation and loneliness in older people.

Esther's extensive charitable work and remarkable career has been recognised with a number of accolades including an OBE for services to broadcasting, a CBE for services to children and a DBE for services both to children and older people.

Rebecca Wilcox began her television career as an investigative undercover reporter on Conning The Conmen (BBC3). She is a regular reporter on Watchdog (BBC1) and a well-known consumer journalist who presented shows such as Your Money Their Tricks (BBC1).

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