- Record Breakers
"Record Breakers" was a British "
Guinness Book of Records" themed children's TV show, produced by the BBCand originally presented by Roy Castlewith twin brothers Norris McWhirterand Ross McWhirter. It was broadcast on BBC Onefrom 15 December 1972to 21 December 2001. Producers of the series over the years were, Alan Russell (its creator), Michael Forte, Eric Rowan, Greg Childs, Annette Williams and Jeremy Daldry.
The closing theme was "Dedication", performed by Roy Castle, who broke at least three world records on the show himself.
As well as interviews with people who held British or World records, early editions of the programme would include a feature in which the studio audience would test the McWhirter brothers on their (almost infallible) knowledge of records, and the climax of each show would usually be a world record attempt in the studio. Ross, the quieter of the two, was shot dead by a
Provisional IRAassassin in 1975, but his brother continued to appear on the show in the "Norris On The Spot" feature.
Other hosts included
Fiona Kennedy, Cheryl Baker, Fearne Cotton, Kriss Akabusiand Ronald Reagan Jr.[ [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/571186/index.html screenonline: Record Breakers (1973-2001) ] ] After Castle's death in 1994, the show was hosted by Baker and Akabusi, then Linford Christietook over in 1999.
By the time Record Breakers was cancelled, it had been on air for 29 years and was one of the longest-running TV programmes in Britain.
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/571186/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]
* [http://www.culttelly.co.uk/lyrics/record.html Lyrics of "Record Breaker" and "Dedication" songs]
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