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Rolf Harris was Australia's Junior Backstroke Champion when he was 15. He paid his own school fees by doing stand-up comedy. Among his friends he lists Ernie Wise and Val Doonican.

Fanny Craddock was engaged to a millionaire when she was 14.

In the General Election year of 1966, the BBC pulled a Pinky and Perky show entitled 'You Too Can Be Prime Minister', but public outcry was so great that the Corporation relented.

These and other trivia facts about 10 unlikely members of television's hall of fame will be revealed in TV Heroes, a series of profiles presented by Danny Baker, which starts next Wednesday on BBC 1.