Double BAFTA award winning presenters Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes first appeared on our screens as contestants on Pop Idol back in 2003. Their friendship began whilst filming backstage VT’s and they have been inseparable ever since.

Best-known for presenting Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up (CBBC) for which they received two Children’s BAFTA’s (Best Presenters and Best Entertainment Show), the show has now been running for an impressive eight series. Following on from the incredible successes of BFWU, the duo are set to be the new hosts of the hotly anticipated revamp of family favourite, Crackerjack! The brand new series is due to air in early 2020 on CBBC.

Sam and Mark are family favourites with a wealth of credits including:

Level Up (BBC/CBBC)

Do Something Different (BBC/CBBC)
Sam & Mark’s Guide To Dodging Disasters (BBC/CBBC)
Who Wants To Be A Superhero (BBC/CBBC)

Sam & Mark’s TMi Friday
Skate Nation (BBC/CBBC)
Jump Nation (BBC/CBBC)
Top of The Pops Saturday (BBC/CBBC)

Top of The Pops Reloaded (BBC/CBBC)
Sport Relief Does Glee Club (BBC/CBBC)
The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway (CH5)

Copycats (BBC/CBBC)

Junior Bake Off (BBC/CBBC)

Taking the Next Step (CBBC)

Match of the Day: Can You Kick It (CBBC)

In addition to the above, they have also appeared as guests on Sunday Brunch, Celebrity Juice, The Xtra Factor, and This Morning to name but a few. Sam and Mark also competed against each other on ITV's Dancing on Ice and more recently, Mark appeared on Celebrity Mastermind and Sam reached the final of BBC's Celebrity MasterChef.

Alongside their TV success, Sam and Mark are also accomplished and well-loved authors, having published their first children’s book The Adventures of Long Arm in 2015 followed by the release of their second book The Adventure of Long Arm vs The Evil Supply Teacher. 2017 saw the release of their first picture book The Stink Before Christmas.

With hundreds of hours of live TV under their belts, it comes as no surprise that they have also written a family stage show, Sam and Marks On The Road Show, which they have performed at festivals all over the UK, as well as delighting audiences at Park Resorts and Butlins. The pair have now taken their very own live show out on tour across the UK with a spring and summer 2019 run under their belt, and more dates to be announced for 2020. 

2019 also saw the duo host and perform at a number of live events including Camp Bestival, Geronimo Festival, Dalriada Festival, and Kidtropolis at the Birmingham NEC

Naturally confident in the live sphere, both Sam & Mark are due to appear in Panto in 2019; Mark will be the lead in Aladdin at The Anvil, Basingstoke and Sam's very first panto appearance will see him play Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Wakefield.


Not only accomplished TV presenters, live performers and authors, but for six years they also hosted their own Sunday morning radio show, for Free Radio in the West Midlands. When not busy filming or on dad duties, they work closely with several brands and charities and are both patrons of Whizz-Kidz. Mark is also a patron of Kicks Count. Warm, funny and charismatic, they have also hosted the Wellchild Awards and are popular hosts for corporate days and events.


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Twitter @samandmarktv

Facebook @samandmarktv

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