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Krypton Factor’s Gordon Burns: ‘If you can interview Irish politicians and keep them in order, you can do anything’

Weekend editor Aine Toner tracks down one of the presenters whose shows made her childhood. Prepare to step back into the wonder of 1980s and 1990s children’s TV programming 

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Gordon Burns relaxing at the Crawfordsburn Inn (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Gordon Burns relaxing at the Crawfordsburn Inn (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Broadcaster Gordon Burns

Broadcaster Gordon Burns

Gordon on The Gordon Burns Hour for Ulster Television

Gordon on The Gordon Burns Hour for Ulster Television

Gordon Burns, 1965

Gordon Burns, 1965

Gordon Burns presented The Krypton Factor for 18 years

Gordon Burns presented The Krypton Factor for 18 years

Gordon Burns on The Krypton Factor

Gordon Burns on The Krypton Factor

Contestants on The Krypton Factor

Contestants on The Krypton Factor

Gordon Burns interviewing PM Margaret Thatcher

Gordon Burns interviewing PM Margaret Thatcher

Gordon Burns in Belfast Telegraph days, 1962, with fellow young reporters Ian Sanderson and Tony Eames

Gordon Burns in Belfast Telegraph days, 1962, with fellow young reporters Ian Sanderson and Tony Eames

Gordon, Ian Sanderson and Tony Eames, in 2012

Gordon, Ian Sanderson and Tony Eames, in 2012

Gordon Burns (Credit: Peter Morrison)

Gordon Burns (Credit: Peter Morrison)

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Gordon Burns relaxing at the Crawfordsburn Inn (Credit: Peter Morrison)

In the two days before I meet Gordon Burns in Belfast — where he was celebrating his 80th birthday with lunch in The Crown and a visit to his grandmother’s former house — at least four or five people had come up to him to say, ‘Krypton Factor.’

It’s the reason we got in touch with the broadcaster, who, prior to visiting Belfast, spent time with his cousin in Wexford, but there’s more to Gordon’s career than the legendary show.


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