Anneka Rice during the recording of Challenge Anneka at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 28 April 1995
Anne Lucinda Hartley Rice
4 October 1958
|Years active||1980 – present|
Rice was born in Cowbridge, Glamorganshire, Wales. She was educated at three independent schools: Dunrobin School, Limpsfield, Surrey; St Michael's, Surrey; and Croydon High School, England. Rice adopted the name "Anneka" when she joined the British actors' union Equity, as her birth-name had already been registered with that organisation.
Rice began her broadcasting 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. She also did English dubbing for kung fu films. 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 One. It ran for a further five years.
Later she also presented Holiday for BBC One. In 1995, Challenge Anneka was axed by the BBC.
On 9 June 2006, it was announced that Challenge Anneka would return, but this time on ITV. The first of three specials was broadcast on Boxing Day 2006. A further episode was aired on 6 June 2007. As a result of her owning the rights to Challenge Anneka Rice returned to television in a co-producer role in September 2001 when she was approached by the ABC network in the United States to produce a new series based on the format, which was branded Challenge America and hosted by Erin Brockovich.
After finishing her art degree, in 2003 Rice returned to presenting on the Five show Dinner Doctors alongside relationship advisor Jenni Trent Hughes. Rice has written books on skiing and scuba-diving. In 2005 she endorsed a line of anti-ageing products. Returning to the limelight Rice had a lead role in The Vagina Monologues which played at Birmingham Hippodrome from 31 January to 4 February 2006.
Rice returned to ITV in June 2006 to co-host a Sunday morning cookery show, Sunday Feast. She also took part in the ITV programme Extinct presented by Sir Trevor McDonald and Zoë Ball which saw Rice and seven other well known celebrities visit endangered animals in their natural habitat and plead their case so that viewers would pick up the phone and vote for their animal to receive a large sum of money to try to save them from extinction. Rice's chosen animal was the polar bear. Rice did not win as the money went to the Bengal tigers and their celebrity, Pauline Collins.
In September 2007, she appeared in the third series of Hell's Kitchen.
Rice appeared as a contestant on episode 5 of Celebrity Mastermind (broadcast 1 January 2010). She chose the life and career of Jean Rhys as her specialist subject and finished as runner-up to the winner, Gemmill.
In June 2012, Rice co-hosted a BBC1 programme Rolf Paints... Diamond Jubilee with Rolf Harris in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. In August 2012, she was named co-presenter of The Flowerpot Gang on BBC 1 with Joe Swift (TV garden presenter) and Phil Tufnell.
In 2017, she appeared as a contestant on Richard Osman's House of Games and participated in Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up to Cancer, where she lasted 9 days and was captured in the third of four episodes broadcast on 24 October.
Rice and Patrick Kielty filled in for Alan Carr and Melanie Sykes on BBC Radio 2 in January 2012 for two weeks. She was confirmed, in February 2012, as the successor to Zoë Ball on Radio 2's Weekend Breakfast show, on Saturday mornings from 6 am. She presented her final Saturday morning show on 25 February 2017. From 1 April 2017 Anneka took over the midnight–2 am slot on Saturdays, presenting a show called The Happening which showcases the best of Radio 2 from the previous week.
When Outspan agreed to sponsor the England Cricket Team ahead of their campaign in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, Rice was picked as a celebrity to launch the partnership, although she said she found cricket as boring as fishing.
Rice was married to theatre boss Nick Allott, with whom she has two sons. Allott and Rice separated in 1992. She subsequently had a relationship with TV executive Tom Gutteridge; they parted six months after their son was born in 1997. In 1994 Rice presented Capital Woman, a weekly women's magazine programme for Carlton Television (ITV), which, like Challenge Anneka, was produced by Gutteridge's company Mentorn.
Rice decided to quit television to spend time with her three children, and spent five years studying painting at Chelsea College of Art. In 2005 she began a relationship with writer Simon Bell.
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During the series, the public were asked to phone in and vote for which animal they wanted to receive 50% of the money raised through the phone votes, via the charity WWF. The winning animal got over £178,000 and the remaining seven shared £178,000. A sister programme called Extinct - The Quiz also aired at the same time.Good Morning Britain (1983 TV programme)
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In 1989 the figure was restored for a broadcast of the TV show Challenge Anneka, although the work was subsequently criticised by historians for doing more harm than good. Anneka Rice, presenter of the show, stated that planning permission and advice had been sought before the work.In August 2011 pranksters added a 'horn' made from plastic sheeting to make the horse resemble a unicorn.In 2012, it was announced that for the Olympics 2012, the horse would be cleaned and slightly recut to make it look like the original when it was cut in 1808. Restoration was completed on 11 March 2012, and Princess Anne attended a ceremony at which a new plaque made of local stone was revealed. The restoration was done by volunteers, who spent two years carrying out repairs.Over the Rainbow (2007 charity album)
Over the Rainbow - Show Tunes in Aid of the Association of Children's Hospices is a charity album of show tunes, recorded by various artists and released in 2007. It is in aid of The Association of Children's Hospices.
All proceeds go to children's hospices across the United Kingdom. There was also a concert where some of the children from hospices around the country performed along with the stars of the album. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performed also.
The album was recorded in just five days, as part of a challenge for the British Television show, Challenge Anneka, which was broadcast on 6 June 2007 on ITV. The shows presenter Anneka Rice had to enlist people to help produce the album, in the usual style of the Challenge Anneka show.Sunday Feast
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