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Dame Esther Rantzen narrowly avoided catching Covid as she filmed unseen royal documentary during early days of pandemic

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Dame Esther was fortunate to have steered clear of the illness after working ahead of lockdown (Picture:ITV/Rex)

Dame Esther Rantzen has revealed she was lucky to escape Covid as she filmed scenes about unknown royal facts and regal art for an unaired BBC documentary just days before the UK went into lockdown last year.

The former That’s Life! host, 80, was studying Queen Victoria’s diaries in a bid to find some explosive royal secrets and arranged an on-camera chat with Professor Mary Beard, 66, who fronted her own Beeb series Shock of the Nude.

The pair met on Friday 13 March last year to talk about the almost-nude statue of Prince Albert that the Royal Family banished to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and the naked statue of Napoleon at Aspley House in London for Dame Esther’s as yet unseen film.

However, while they may have been left red-faced as they discussed royal nudity, the Childline founder almost had a much bigger worry after her director was struck down with Covid just 10 days before the nation was ordered to stay home by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Dame Esther told Metro.co.uk: ‘I filmed on Friday March 13 last year and then went into self-isolation. Because of Covid the BBC decided to hang on to it.

‘While filming we took a great deal of care, made sure we were socially distanced and washed our hands frequently. Then I got into a taxi with our young director to film my camera statements as we went round London.

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Dame Esther is pleased her director is healthy again and she has now received both doses of her corona vaccine (Picture: Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/Rex)

‘On the Monday my poor film director rang and said, “I’ve got a temperature and a sore throat,” and he was quite ill with Covid.

‘He’s absolutely fine now.’

She added: ‘So I was lucky to escape that!’

The television and radio presenter, who is currently hosting podcast That’s After Life!, will be discussing her royal findings on Thursday on BBC One’s Morning Live.

The star has now had both doses of her coronavirus vaccination and is looking forward to life with more freedom.

However, she joked: ‘I still am a little nervous about being stuck in a taxi for many hours with a BBC director… but I’m sure I’ll get used to it again.’


Credit: Original article published here.

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