Esther Rantzen

Let's Talk About a Solution for Loneliness and Isolation Among Older People in the UK

Trevor Lyttleton | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Trevor Lyttleton

Imagine a life where a visit from the postman might be the only human contact you have all week. For those of us who work in a busy office this is hard to imagine, but for many older people, it's a grim reality. Loneliness is a devastating problem in the UK and has a crippling effect on older people who endure it, day in and day out.

The Silver Line Helpline

Esther Rantzen | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Esther Rantzen

Loneliness saps the will to live and can be a major cause of depression, as one 80-year-old lady told me "I wake each morning, get dressed, and sit on my bed waiting for death. I have nothing else to look forward to." ChildLine has proved, as Samaritans proved before it, that an anonymous helpline can break through the barriers of shame or fear. So I suggested that The Silver Line might do the same for the older generation, and enable callers to disclose not just their loneliness, but incidents of neglect and abuse they dared not admit to anyone else. And so it has proved.

Just 'Mucking Around'

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Former DJ, Mike Smith, has hit out at claims that a culture of sexual harassment was the norm amongst staff at the BBC during the 80s. Writing on h...

Jimmy Savile's Knighthood Could Be Removed, PM Suggests

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK

David Cameron has hinted that Jimmy Savile could lose his knighthood after allegations of sexual abuse against the late TV presenter. "We have some...

'I Would Like To Apologise On Behalf Of The BBC'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.10.2012 | UK

BBC Director General George Entwistle has confirmed the BBC will conduct an inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse against former DJ Sir Jimmy Savil...

Cameron Calls For Police To Investigate Savile Abuse Claims

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK

David Cameron has called for the BBC and police to fully investigate claims that Jimmy Savile raped or molested at least 40 women. And in a further...

Freddie Starr Denies Sexual Abuse Claims

Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK

Comedian Freddie Starr has denied he was the third man in the dressing room with Jimmy Savile and Gary Glitter on the night they were accused of sexua...

Jimmy Savile Sexual Abuse Claims To Be 'Assessed' By Met Police

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.10.2012 | UK

Scotland Yard will "work closely" with the BBC as it takes the national lead in assessing allegations against late TV presenter Sir Jimmy Savile. A...

'I Saw Gary Glitter Have Sex With A Girl In Jimmy Savile’s Dressing Room'

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK

Gary Glitter sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Jimmy Savile's dressing room as the TV presenter groped another girl aged 14, according to a wom...

'Jimmy Savile Sexually Assaulted Us': Four Women Come Forward

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Four women who claim to have been sexually abused by Sir Jimmy Savile in their teens have come forward to reveal their experiences. It comes on the...

Jimmy Savile Claimed Paedophile Gary Glitter 'Did Nothing Wrong'

The Sun | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Sir Jimmy Savile claimed convicted paedophile Gary Glitter had done "nothing wrong" and was vilified just because he was famous. Speaking during a...

Esther Rantzen: 'Celebs Chose To Ignore Rumours About Jimmy Savile'

WENN | WENN | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Esther Rantzen has spoken out about allegations of child abuse against Jimmy Savile. Rantzen is convinced many personalities in British entertainme...

'X Factor Was All My Idea' - Surprising Revelation

WENN | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Entertainment

Simon Cowell has had to see off a few pretenders to his Talent Show King throne in his time, but he wasn't counting on Esther Rantzen claiming credit ...

Rod Liddle and ME

Jason Reed | Posted 27.03.2012 | UK
Jason Reed

M.E/Fibro sufferers tend to be dedicated individuals who have pushed themselves to the limits of human endurance. Athletes, academics, and life's overachievers. And yet, we're labelled as lazy. So, the point is, with tongue firmly in cheek - if you haven't got M.E/Firbo, then you've simply not tried hard enough.

Thousands Die 'Alone Penniless And In Pauper's Graves'

PA | Posted 28.11.2011 | UK Politics

Around 40,000 people each year have a state-funded burial or cremation when they die "penniless", a charity has said. The figure includes 21,000 pe...