Sir Bruce Forsyth becomes record breaker

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Sir Bruce Forsyth
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Sir Bruce admitted it was "a shock" to be reminded of his durability

Sir Bruce Forsyth has been granted an entry in the latest Guinness book of World Records - for having the longest career as a male TV entertainer.

The 84-year-old showman said it was a "wonderful surprise" to be recognised for a career that has lasted 72 years.

Sir Bruce will soon be seen on BBC One presenting the 10th series of dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing.

Earlier this year he made his debut appearance at a music festival at the Hop Farm event in Paddock Wood, Kent.

Another BBC institution, motoring show Top Gear, is also recognised in the 2013 volume.

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Bruce Forsyth talks about starting his career on a talent show

The BBC Two fixture holds the record for the world's most widely-watched factual TV programme, having now been broadcast in 212 territories.

Comedian Peter Kay, reformed rockers The Stone Roses and Canadian singer Leonard Cohen also feature in the latest edition, out on 13 September.

Phoenix Nights star Kay said he was "extremely proud" to be celebrated for having sold the highest number of tickets for a stand-up comedy tour.

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