Anneka Rice, 63, is ‘shocked’ by pictures of herself – and feels the same as when she was in her thirties

Anneka Rice has revealed that she recently felt “shocked” looking at photos of herself, but added that she doesn’t feel any different now than she did 30 years ago.

The TV presenter, 63, made the comments as her most prolific program of the 90s, Challenge Anneka, returns to British screens.

During episodes of the show, which ran on the BBC between 1989 and 1995, Anneka and her team of volunteers took on complicated tasks against the clock, usually raising money for charity.

Famous challenges, which she usually took while donning her signature blue and pink jumpsuit, included building a swimming pool for orphaned seals and erecting a suspension bridge in Cornwall.

In an interview with the Times, Anneka discussed how she has changed over the past three decades.

Anneka Rice, 63, is best known for her 1990s TV show Challenge Anneka. The program is now returning to the small screen

The challenges of the show included setting up a suspension bridge and building a swimming pool for orphaned seals

Anneka would take on these challenges while donning her signature pink and blue jumpsuit

In the program (pictured), Anneka and a team of volunteers would take on challenges they tried to complete within a set time frame

When told she still looked the same as when the show was first on television, she replied, “Look at those pictures.” [we have just taken]† I was shocked.’

However, she added:But the thing is, I don’t really feel any different.’

Speaking about why the program was relaunched, she said she believes it’s because the people who now work for TV grew up watching the show.

“I think the people who make television programs now remember it,” she explained.

‘They were children then. Now they have the power. The supervisory directors of all these channels grew up with Challenge.’

Anneka announced in May that she would be fronting the program again, saying she hopes the relaunched show will help challenge stereotypes about gender roles on television, much like her original show did for female presenters.

Anneka has said that her show Treasure Hunt, the precursor to Challenge Anekka,

Anneka has said that her show Treasure Hunt, the precursor to Challenge Anekka, “puts a woman in absolute control, right in the middle of the action that drives the story” (Anneka Rice pictured presenting Treasure Hunt)

Pictured here in October 2021, at the Women of the Year Awards in London, Anneka has discussed how she looks different from 30 years ago, but says she feels the same

Pictured here in October 2021, at the Women of the Year Awards in London, Anneka has discussed how she looks different from 30 years ago, but says she feels the same

Speaking to the precursor to Challenge Anekka, a show she hosted called Treasure Hunt, she told Radio 4’s Today program: “It definitely put a woman in control at the center of the action that drives the story.

“It has really changed the face of TV and in many ways, and I want to fly the flag for women today.”

She added: ‘Forty years ago you have to remember where women were placed on television. They were usually either draped over cars as prizes at a quiz game or standing behind a news desk.’

Anneka (pictured in 2019) has said that 'men's image and brand remain intact' as they get older, while paying more attention to how women's appearance changes as they age

Anneka (pictured in 2019) has said that ‘men’s image and brand remain intact’ as they get older, while paying more attention to how women’s appearance changes as they age

Speaking about aging as a woman, she again said she feels the same as 30 years ago, but added that “there may be more talk about what we look like, or how we interact with it, while for men, they just put on and act.” it, and their image and brand remain intact.’

Speaking to PA News about the program’s return, Anneka added: “I can’t believe this is actually happening. The past few years have shown us the power of a community and how good it is to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

“The whole team is motivated as always to make a difference and put people and organizations in need of help in the spotlight.

“Three decades later, the problems may look different, but at their core they are the same; they are about people and communities.

“And we may look a little different, too, but our hearts and our willingness to stick with it are the same.”

Challenge Anneka is coming to Channel 5 soon.

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