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100th Episode: Norris, Is It A Record?

Welcome to this milestone 100th episode of My 70’s TV Childhood! Since our debut in September 2020, we’ve embarked on a nostalgic voyage through the memories of growing up in 1970s Britain. 

In this celebratory episode, we reflect on the remarkable journey from our first release amidst a global pandemic to today. Despite the challenges of lockdowns, our podcast has provided a delightful escape into the cherished television of yesteryears.

As we look back over our hundred episodes, it’s astounding to see the breadth of topics we’ve covered. From the cherished moments of “Watch with Mother” to the excitement of “The Banana Splits,” we’ve traversed through the landscapes of Public Information Films, Blue Peter, classic sitcoms, and beloved shows like Grange Hill and Thunderbirds.

Today, we delve into the iconic world of “Record Breakers.” A cornerstone of 1970s children’s television, “Record Breakers” captivated audiences with its pursuit of extraordinary feats. Premiering on BBC1 in December 1972, the show was a brainchild of Ross and Norris McWhirter.

Hosted by the charismatic Roy Castle, “Record Breakers” showcased a blend of historical records, contemporary achievements, and ambitious attempts to break Guinness World Records. From the tallest man to the fastest tap dancer, each episode offered a tapestry of awe-inspiring accomplishments.

The McWhirter brothers, renowned for their encyclopaedic knowledge of world records, lent an air of authenticity to the proceedings. Their presence added gravitas to the show, ensuring that every record attempt was adjudicated with meticulous precision.

Roy Castle, with his infectious enthusiasm and affable persona, endeared himself to generations of viewers. His own record-breaking exploits, including the world’s fastest tap dance, exemplified the spirit of determination and perseverance celebrated on the show.

Roy Castle’s legacy extends far beyond the confines of “Record Breakers.” His contributions to children’s television, coupled with his philanthropic endeavours, cemented his status as a beloved figure in British entertainment.

As we commemorate our 100th episode, we pay homage to Roy Castle and the enduring legacy of “Record Breakers.” While our podcast may not set records in the traditional sense, the warmth and nostalgia it evokes resonate deeply with our listeners.

I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our dedicated audience. Your unwavering support has fueled our journey, and we look forward to sharing many more memories in the episodes to come.

Join us for our next edition of the quiz and the upcoming episodes of “My 70’s TV Childhood.” Don’t forget to like, rate, and review us on your favourite podcast platforms. Share your thoughts and memories with us on our blog, social media channels, or via email.

Until next time, remember that dedication is all you need!

Take care,

Oliver

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