Hearts of Gold
|Hearts of Gold|
|Created by||Esther Rantzen|
|Directed by||Robin Bextor
Phil Chilvers (1990 Christmas special)
|Presented by||Esther Rantzen
|Theme music composer||Lynsey de Paul|
|Producer(s)||Jane Elsdon-Dew (1990 Christmas special)
|Original channel||BBC One|
|Original run||29 October 1988 – 1996|
Hearts of Gold is a BBC television programme devised and presented by Esther Rantzen, with Michael Groth and Carol Smillie as co-presenters. Running for six years in the 1980s and 1990s, the programme commended members of the public for their good deeds.
Rantzen devised the show in 1988. The premise of the show was to commend those who had done good deeds to others. They would usually be tricked into appearing on the show using a practical joke, a device which some critics (such as The Independent's Geraldine Bedell) compared to Beadle's About. Journalist Bedell explains that participants "are inviegled into the studio under false pretences and presented with gold hearts on blue ribbons while they wonder where to put themselves. (There is also a sub-Beadle segment in which Esther and chums dress up as folk in distress and wait for passers-by to come to their aid)."
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