Bruce Forsyth awarded Guinness World Record for longest showbiz career

Strictly Come Dancing host has been entertaining for 72 years – other TV record-breakers include Peter Kay and Top Gear

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Sir Bruce Forsyth has been honoured in the latest edition of Guinness World Records – for his 72-year career, the longest of any male TV entertainer.

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The 84-year-old, who returns to BBC1 on Saturday 15 September to present a new run of Strictly Come Dancing, said his inclusion in the 2013 records book was a “wonderful surprise”.

Also setting records are Top Gear – the world’s most widely watched factual TV programme, shown in 212 territories – and Peter Kay, who sold the highest number of tickets for a stand-up comedy tour.

“I’m extremely proud to receive such an honour,” said Kay, who shifted 1.14 million tickets for his 2010-11 live shows. “I never imagined that one day I’d be included in the Guinness World Records. Just goes to show that the lovely Roy Castle was right – dedication is exactly what you need if you want to be a record breaker.”

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Guinness World Records 2013 edition is published on 13 September.