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ÆÀÉRecord Breakers was a British Guinness Book of Records themed children's TV show, originally presented by Roy Castle with twin brothers Norris McWhirter and Ross McWhirter. It broadcast on BBC television from 1972 to 2001. The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... Roy Castle (born August 31, 1932 in Scholes, near Holmfirth; died September 2, 1994) was a British dancer, singer, comedian, actor and musician. ... Norris Dewar McWhirter, CBE (August 12, 1925 - April 19, 2004) was a writer, right wing political activist and television presenter. ... Alan Ross McWhirter (12 August 1925 - 27 November 1975) was, with his twin brother, Norris McWhirter, co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records. ... ... 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The theme music was "Dedication", performed by Roy Castle, who broke at least two world records on the show himself.


As well as interviews with people who held British or World records, each edition 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 IRA assassin in 1975, but his brother continued to appear on the show in the "Norris On The Spot" feature. The Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) is a paramilitary group which aimed, through the use of violence, to achieve three goals: (i) British withdrawal from Ireland, (ii) the political unification of Ireland through the merger of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland , and (iii) the creation of an all... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


Other hosts since Castle's death in 1994 included Cheryl Baker, Kriss Akabusi and Linford Christie. The show was cancelled in 2001. 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Cheryl Baker (born Rita Crudgington, on 8 March 1954, in Bethnal Green, England) is a British television presenter. ... Kriss Kezie Uche Akabusi (born November 28, 1958 in London, England) is a former athlete who went on to become a television presenter and motivational speaker. ... Linford Christie Linford Christie (born April 2, 1960) is a former British athlete. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Record Breakers was a British Guinness Book of Records themed children's TV show, originally presented by Roy Castle with twin brothers Norris McWhirter and Ross McWhirter.
As well as interviews with people who held British or World records, each edition 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 IRA assassin in 1975, but his brother continued to appear on the show in the "Norris On The Spot" feature.
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