Mother and daughter
Esther and her late husband Desmond Wilcox had three children. Esther now has five grandchildren.
“He was a very active parent, a brilliant dad. Both Desi and I were very family orientated,” Esther says.
Their daughter Rebecca began her varied television career as an undercover reporter on Conning The Conmen on BBC Three. She is a regular reporter on BBC One’s Watchdog and as a consumer journalist has presented shows such as BBC One’s Your Money Their Tricks with Sian Williams and Nicky Campbell.
Esther says: “It’s terribly difficult to find time in her diary because she’s got a sixyear-old and a three-year-old, both boys, both immensely energetic.
“And I have quite a busy day. So, for me, one of the huge pleasures of the tour has been the time we’ve spent together nattering in the car or, you know, lolling about in the dressing room eating chocolate cake. And we just don’t have that time where we can really talk together otherwise, so it’s been very good from our point of view.”
Mother and daughter together. Rebecca Wilcox with Esther Rantzen INSET: Rebecca and Esther in years gone by,