Balsall Common Iron Man to hit ITV1 screens

Balsall Common’s Paddy Doyle will appear, finally, after some unintentionally misleading press, on ITV1’s Inside Guinness World Records on Tuesday evening (18th December 2012). Paddy was originally scheduled to appear in last week’s show, as confirmed by numerous media outlets, including a full feature in Radio Times magazine, but Paddy was contacted by programme makers at the eleventh hour to say his appearance would not be happening for another seven days.


In the show Paddy explores his career as a record breaking endurance athlete and how his troubled younger years nearly led him down a different path, into constant scrapes and time spent at Her Majesty’s pleasure. His saving grace, his enlightenment, came thanks in part to his discovery of a great love for endurance based discipline, following a series of ‘beastings’ intended as punishments, during his time serving as a paratrooper.


Ever since the mid-1980’s Paddy’s life has been dedicated to a record breaking crusade and among his various records, he can boast 52 current Guinness World Records, the most held by anyone in the UK.


In between world record challenges and looking after his two daughters with his partner Deborah, Paddy gets involved in a vast array of physical activities including mountain trekking. He also offers personal training sessions in a specially constructed gym in his back garden.

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Watch Balsall Common’s Carole and family in ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover

The new series of ITV’s popular makeover show is now back on the TV. The first episode was aired on April 14th and featured Balsall Common’s Carole and family:

“Sophie Robinson and the team are in Balsall Common in Coventry at the home of Carole, who has suffered from a rare form of cancer for the past seven years. Her illness has hampered any chances of home decoration so her daughters Naomi and Pippa decided to give their brave mum a lift with a home that can be a sanctuary for her.”

Watch it here

Sophie Richardson has blogged on the episode

There is also a page on the ITV website.