SAM & MARK
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 ran for an impressive eight series. Following on from the incredible successes of BFWU, the duo have been announced as the new hosts of the hotly anticipated revamp of family favourite, Crackerjack!
Sam and Mark are family favourites with a wealth of credits including:
Junior Bake Off (BBC/CBBC)
Taking the Next Step (CBBC)
Match of the Day: Can You Kick It (CBBC)
The Great Christmas Toy Giveaway (CH5)
This Morning Competition Shoots (ITV)
Level Up (BBC/CBBC)
Skate Nation (BBC/CBBC)Jump Nation (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
Top of The Pops Saturday (BBC/CBBC)
Top of The Pops Reloaded (BBC/CBBC)
Sport Relief Does Glee Club (BBC/CBBC)
In addition to the above, they have also appeared as guests on Sunday Brunch, Celebrity Juice, The Xtra Factor, Pointless Celebrities, This Morning and The Chase: Celebrity Special 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. Having taken their live show out on tour across the UK, the pair are due to embark on a run of several performances across Carnival's global cruise fleet throughout 2020.
Having hosted and performed their show at a number of live events including Camp Bestival, Geronimo Festival, Dalriada Festival, and Kidtropolis at the Birmingham NEC, further dates are set to be announced for 2020, including a return to Camp Bestival.
Naturally confident in the live sphere, both Sam & Mark have starred in Panto; most recently, Mark as the lead in Aladdin at The Anvil, Basingstoke and Sam as 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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