Frostrup learned to love being 50
Television presenter Mariella Frostrup has revealed how she "learned to love being 50" after she was in a "state of terminal despond" over the landmark birthday.
The journalist described turning 50 as "traumatic" and said she struggled to cope after her programme The Book Show was cancelled in a self-written piece in The Observer Magazine.
"Even as an agony aunt, regularly confronted with irrational human foibles, knowing that you have more years behind you than ahead can be the catalyst for extreme angst," she said.
"I approached my landmark birthday eyes shut tight, hurtling headlong into the dark with my finger crossed."
Frostrup added: "When The Book Show, my only regular TV project, was shelved shortly afterwards, it felt like I really had hit a life low."
She also highlighted the lack of women aged 50 or over on television and said both men and women are marginalised at that age by the media and advertising industries.
"On television, aside from in gritty dramas, my contemporaries were virtually invisible," Frostrup continued.
"When Shane Allen, the BBC's controller of comedy commissioning, said they were moving away from 'menopause comedy', I for one wasn't laughing.
"That's my generation wiped off the screens then, apart from Jeremy Clarkson."