Saturday 10 December 2022

Christmas Record Breakers 1972

It's the most wonderful time of the year! By which we mean that time when normal, fusty TV scheduling goes out the window and all theme tunes are legally obliged to have a layer of sleigh-bells over the top. Yes, The Peggy Mount Calamity Hour gears up once again for another round of Christmas Specials, circling things in the Radio Times and going round all the supermarkets to look for the best offers on port...

And so, breaking the seal on the selection box in a traditionally early manner, our hosts peruse a particularly festive episode of BBC One's Record Breakers from the heady days of 1972, with Messrs Castle, McWhirter and McWhirter poised and ready to note down any and all achievements worthy of acclaim. And also act like they haven't just been wasting your time if and when there are none.

What grade of hallucinogen was Kubrick on when he came up with the idea for the McWhirter twins? What level of liability insurance is required for this intensity of hairstyling product under those studio lights? And what is the maximum sentence handed down for inadvertently killing a studio audience?

Get the tree out of the garage, pour yourself a small sherry, press Play and find out...


Record Breakers
Broadcast: Friday 22 December 1972, 17:15
Production/Channel: BBC One
Producer: Alan Russell
Starring: Roy Castle, Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter, Rex Williams, Tom Barrett, Tommy O'Regan, Bill Duddy

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