Radio Times: 28 January - 3 February 2012

Review of The Talent Show Story episode 4 by Jane Rackham.

While so many young people clamour for fame and celebrity of any sort these days, child stardom can have tragic results. Little Lena Zavaroni was just ten years old in 1974 when she won Opportunity Knocks an unprecedented five times in a row. But the pressure of being a child sensation led to both depression and anorexia.

Her sad life story is told in this show, as is the more upbeat one of how Joe Pasquale got his first big break on New Faces in 1987 and if you’ve ever wondered how The X Factor arrived on our screens and how Simon Cowell chose his first co-judges, he explains it all here.

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