BBC Richard Osman’s House of Games: The life of Mike Bushell, from rock band singer to bizarre world record breaker

Mike Bushell is best known for presenting the sport on BBC Breakfast and appearing on Strictly Come Dancing Series 17 – but he was also once a rock singer and holds a surprising world record.

Although he studied acting and television in college and joined the National Youth Theatre, Mike’s on-camera appearances are far from the world of showbiz, he is now an esteemed sports journalist.

While at the National Youth Theater he appeared in a production of Good Lads at Heart which saw him star alongside actress and presenter Liza Tarbuck.

Mike, 56, started his career as a journalist after taking a job at the Hampshire Chronicle to help pay for his college education and has remained in the industry ever since.

Mike Bushell is best known for presenting sport on BBC Breakfast and appearing on series 17 of Strictly Come Dancing

While interviewing some members of the England swimming team during a live report from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, Mike fell dramatically in the pool.

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The interview clip went viral online and was shared more than 11 million times in one day.

However, his interest in news started at a young age – at the age of eight he started his own newspaper called The Daily Owl which he sold to friends and neighbours.

Growing up in Hertfordshire and Yorkshire, Mike found his way to London while training as a journalist.

As a youth he actually ran the 175 mile distance between his two home counties to raise money for the

While in London he performed in a band made up of journalists and sang with his band in the East End of London.

Taking a break from journalism, Mike toured Europe with rock band Don’t Push The River as a vocalist with band member Nigel Smith who worked alongside Adrian Edmonson on the UK sitcom Teenage Kicks.

While working for BBC Breakfast, Mike made some startling achievements, including setting world records that are definitely out of the ordinary.

Mike Bushell and Katya Jones
Mike was paired with Russian dancer and strictly professional Katya Jones and the pair were eliminated in week eight of the competition.

Mike is believed to hold the record for the most sports played in a short time – 400 activities during a BBC Breakfast Saturday morning slot.

If that wasn’t enough, Mike also holds an unusual record for crossing a mile-long body of water in a Zorb, a large inflatable ball that floats above water.

Mike managed to cross the body of water in 1 hour 57 seconds.

In what is probably the most glamorous of all sports-based shows, Mike took part in the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He was paired with Russian dancer and strictly professional Katya Jones and the pair were eliminated in week eight of the competition after performing a Paso Doble.

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While competing on the show, Mike and Katya got mixed reviews for their various dances and although they received a dismal score of 14 in their American Smooth, the dance really impressed the judges.

The couple danced a quick step to the classic track Come On Eileen and achieved their best score of the competition and received a near-perfect 9 from judge Motsi Mabuse.

Despite his highs in the competition, Mike was eliminated in a dance against RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

Mike Bushell will appear on Richard Osman’s House of Games on BBC Two at 6pm tonight alongside Aisling Bea, Sunetra Sarker and Dion Dublin.

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