Welcome to The World’s Biggest Liar, a project that exposes the truth behind Britain’s strangest local tradition. [clear] Britain is strange. A lot stranger than it’s given credit for. We’ve been Morris dancing and chasing cheese down steep hills for centuries – a whole nation jam-packed with weird and wonderful customs, like jam-packing. But what of the lesser-known irregularities that are practiced in this country? The World’s Biggest Liar fast-tracks past the mundane and into the Lake District to shed some spotlight on the much overlooked village of Santon Bridge – and you’re invited! Watch the documentary (conveniently shortcutted below). Listen to the podcast. Read the reflective feature. Play the quiz. Unite and celebrate this Kingdom’s eccentricities. Let’s revel in the ridiculous.
The World’s Biggest Liar is a Buzz film documentary that showcases the village of Santon Bridge as having one of Britain’s strangest local customs – an annual lying competition. I stayed there for a week in the build-up to the competition to find out why ‘lying’ isn’t the same unfavourable trait found anywhere else in the world, mostly by shadowing Silloth farmer and current record holder John Graham (known as Johnny Liar) to see if he can clinch the title for the eighth-time. I also speak to Len Brumby – new owner of Santon Bridge Inn – about how much attention this tradition really gets worldwide, as well as 2013’s winner Mike Naylor, both pre and post the competition night. If anything, this documentary shows how a bizarre tradition like this can exist in the UK, and not in the weird depths of deep-south America where’d you’d expect it to be.