Inside Guinness World Records

Tuesday, 11 December 2012, 8:00PM – 9:00PM

This film is produced by Storyvault Films and directed by Olivia Lichtenstein for ITV1.

“These are all amazing stories. In fact they are the most amazing stories in the world, from the most amazing people.” – Craig Glenday, editor-in chief, Guinness World Records

This new two-part ITV1 documentary series sets out to provide a close access perspective on what drives the extraordinary and colourful characters that hold Guinness World Records.

From Chandra Dangi, the world’s new smallest man to Sultan Kosen, the tallest; from Elaine Davidson, the world’s most-pierced woman to Alain Robert, the French Spiderman, this film shows how the book of Guinness World Records is alive with the extremes of human endeavour.

Inside Guinness World Records travels from Wolverhampton to Kathmandu, from Northampton to Qatar to explore the unique worlds of those who hold records.

Made with exclusive access to Guinness World Records’ adjudicators who have the power to make people’s dreams come true, this documentary tells the stories of the people behind the records and discovers what motivates them to become record holders.

The organisation’s editor-in-chief Craig Glenday explains how the weird and wacky become everyday issues for his staff.

“I think working here, useful things get pushed out of your brain, like phone numbers and addresses, and these other things pile in – like who has the longest fingernails, and successful chimpanzees.”

Elaine Davidson, who with 8,000 body piercings is the most–pierced woman in the world, explains her motivations in the first programme.

“This book is extremely important for us – it’s famous, it’s fun, it’s exciting because there’s a little bit of everything in the book. It has made the book extremely unique – and I do want to be unique.”

Also featured in the first programme are:

Chandra Dangi, the aiming to be named as the world’s new smallest man, who must travel from his remote Nepalese village to Kathmandu to claim his record – which might yet change his life.
Smokey, the cat with the loudest purr in the world, and her proud owner Ruth Adams. Yet Smokey’s title is under threat from two other challengers.
The world’s tallest man Sultan Kosen, whose 8ft 3in frame is the result of a tumour that caused his body to generate massive amounts of growth hormones.
“French Spiderman” Alain Robert, who is famous for climbing up skyscrapers without anything to stop him falling, attempting his third world record ascent in the Middle East.

Alain, who attempts to scale the spectacular Torch building in Qatar, explains his unique motivation for continuing – despite admitting he suffers from vertigo.

“I don’t have time to waste my time on Earth. I know I’m doing things I really want to do.”

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