Pea Pushing Contest

Pea Pushing Contest

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Details

Location

Belfast, Ormeau

Year

1969

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

23sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, UTV

Rights Holder

UTV

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Description

This challenge is a far cry from the Krypton Factor but it might be harder than it looks. Watch Gordon Burns and Tony Eames battle it out on the floor of the UTV studios in a clumsy race for the finish line. Could this be the Northern Irish heat for the National Pea Pushing Derby, which took place in Walton on Thames eight days later?

Notes

Gordon Burns began his career as a journalist for the Belfast Telegraph before joining UTV in 1967. By the time this was filmed he presented a nightly news programme called ‘UTV Reports’. Burns would go on to become a national celebrity as the host of the Krypton Factor from 1977-1995. It was a popular British game show which tested contestants’ mental and physical stamina, the winner would be crowned ‘Superperson of the Year’. This material is Courtesy of the UTV Archive.

Credits

Featuring Gordon Burns and Tony Eames, filmed by Ulster Television. 

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