Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Anneka Rice Life Story Interview……
Anneka was one of the UK’s most popular and loved TV personalities in the 80’s and 90’s.
Her world famous ‘Challenge Anneka’ was at the top for ratings for nearly 10 years on the BBC.
Anneka Rice was one of the original backers behind Les Miserables.
Belfield went to meet her at the 20th Birthday Celebrations of the show….
Rice began her TV career as a trainee for the BBC World Service. At the age of 19 she moved to Hong Kong, where she presented the news on English language television station TVB Pearl.
For more information listen to the Simon Mayo Radio 2 Drive-time show broadcast on 4 February 2015. Upon returning to the UK three years later, she worked as a secretary in the BBC Children’s department.
In 1982 she landed her first major TV job as the jump-suited “skyrunner” of Channel 4’s Treasure Hunt, which was hosted by former BBC newsman Kenneth Kendall. The show proved one of Channel 4’s most popular programmes and was nominated for a BAFTA in 1986, in the category “Best Light Entertainment Programme”. In the same year, Rice was given the “Rear of the Year” award. Rice left Treasure Hunt when she became pregnant in 1988, being replaced by former tennis player Annabel Croft.
Rice hosted the BBC’s Children in Need appeal in 1987 and tested an early version of her next project, Challenge Anneka. This had been devised by Rice herself and was launched in 1989 on BBC 1. It ran for a further five years and was revived by ITV as part of their Christmas 2006 schedule.
Recorded 2006 by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio.