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2019 Live Presenting Highlights!


The National Paralegal Awards, The May Fair Hotel, London, 29th March.

Diageo, Global leader in beverages, events series, various dates, London & UK venues.

Croydon Food & Music Festival, 23rd June.

Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, with Mary Berry, The Hairy Bikers, Brian Turner & Lisa Faulkner, 20th & 21st July, Yorkshire.

RideLondon, The world’s greatest festival of cycling, Green Park Festival Zone, 3rd & 4th August, London.

Eat Street, alongside Candice Brown (Great British Bake Off winner) & Chris Bavin (BBC Eat Well For Less) 10th & 11th August, Festival Place, Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival, alongside Dean Edwards (MasterChef/ITV Lorraine) & Nick Nairn (Ready Steady Cook) 25th & 26th August, Suffolk.

Bury St Edmunds Chrismas Lights Switch-On, 14th November.

London Bridge Carols Parade, with the Mayor, 28th November.

2018 Live Presenting Highlights!


Diageo events series, various dates February & March, London & UK venues.

Marmalade the Mammoth, Children’s cookery event, 31st May-3rd June, intu Merry Hill, West Midlands.

Longleat Food Festival, alongside Hairy Bikers & James Martin, 23rd & 24th June, Longleat, Wiltshire.

Gino D’Acampo & James Martin at The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, 21st & 22nd July, Yorkshire.

Ride London, 28th & 29th July, Green Park, London.

Nadiya Hussain at Bolton Food & Drink Festival, 25th August.

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, alongside celebrirty chefs Paul Rankin & James Tanner, 26th & 27th August.

Diageo events series, various dates September, October & November, London & UK venues.

Eat Street, Simon Rimmer (Sunday Brunch & Strictly Come Dancing) & Lisa Faulkner (Celebrity MasterChef winner)
Festival Place, Basingstoke, 27th & 28th October.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Switch-On! 15th November.

2017 Live Presenting Highlights!


Diageo events series, various dates April & May, London & UK venues.

Lee Nelson comedian at RSTA Awards, The Belfry, 6th April.

Whitsun Fair, alongside celebrity gardeners Jo Swift & Katie Rushworth, 28th & 29th May, Bury St Edmunds town centre.

Eat Street, alongside Levi “Reggae Reggae” Roots, 3rd & 4th June, Festival Place, Basingstoke.

Longleat Food Festival, alongside Nadiya Hussain (Great British Bake Off winner) & James Martin, 10th & 11th June, Longleat, Wiltshire.

John Torode (Masterchef) & James Martin at The Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival, 22nd & 23rd July, Yorkshire.

Ride London with Sir Bradley Wiggins, 29th & 30th July, Green Park London.

Bond Street Bites, Chelmsford, 11th & 12th August.

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, alongside celebrirty chefs Paul Rankin & Jack Stein, 27th & 28th August.

Tour of Britain, with Sir Bradley Wiggins, 17th September, Cardiff.

Diageo events series, various dates September, October & November, London & UK venues.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Switch-On! 16th November.

Children and Young People Now Awards, London, 22nd November.

2016 Live Presenting Highlights!

Cake International, alongside Mich Turner MBE, Will Torrent chocolatier, Rosie Cake Diva and many more stars of the cake world!
18th-20th March at Birmingham NEC & 16th-17th April at Alexandra Palace, London.
Eat Street at Festival Place, alongside Nadiya Hussain BBC Great British Bake Off winner, 11th & 12th June.
MediaCityUK, Manchester, Lowry Outlet Food Festival, alongside Nadiya Hussain BBC Great British Bake Off winner; James Martin Manchester; Aiden Byrne; Hotel Football; Victor Yu, Yu Alderley Edge and Levi “Reggae Reggae” Roots, 24th-26th June.
Gloucester Quays Food and Drink Festival, alongside Nadiya Hussain BBC Great British Bake Off winner; Tom Kerridge, Hand & Flowers and BBC Bake Off Creme de la Crème and Levi Reggae Reggae Roots, 22nd-24th July.
James Martin and The Hairy Bikers at Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival, 30th & 31st July.
Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival, alongside James Tanner and Galton Blackiston, 28th & 29th August.
Nadiya Hussain BBC Great British Bake Off winner at Peter Jones, Sloane Square, London, 8th September.
Tour of Britain, Bristol and London, 10th & 11th Sepember.
Cake International, alongside Mich Turner MBE, Will Torrent chocolatier, Rosie Cake Diva and many more stars of the cake world! Brimingham NEC, 4th-6th November.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Switch-On! 17th November.

2015 Live Presenting Highlights!

Cake International at London Excel, alongside Mich Turner MBE, Will Torrent, chocolatier & Martha Collinson, Great British Bake Off, 27th-29th March.
Trafalgar Square London, The Feast of St George, alongside Brian Turner and MasterChef winner Natalie Coleman, 25th April.
MediaCityUK, Manchester, Lowry outlet Food Festival alongside Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off) Gok Wan (Channel4 & ITV This Morning) Katy Ashworth & Mr Bloom (BBC CBeebies) 2nd-4th May.
South End Food Festival, Croydon Restaurant Quarter, 28th June.
Party in the Park, Woking Park, 11th July.
Gloucester Quays Food & Drink Festival, alongside Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off) Katy Ashworth & Mr Bloom (BBC CBeebies) 17th-19th July.
Prudential Ride London, Green Park, 1st & 2nd August.
Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival, alongside celebrity chefs Galton Blackiston & Ed Baines, 24th & 25th August.
Trafalgar Square London, Tour of Britain final stage, 13th September.
Cake International at NEC Birmingham, alongside Mich Turner MBE and Will Torrent, Chocolatier, 6th-8th November.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Switch-On! 19th November.

2014 Live Presenting Highlights!

Goodwood Festival of Speed, The largest motoring garden party in the world, 26th-29th June.
Tour de France, The Grand Depart, Fan Parks; Harrogate, 5th July & Green Park, London, 7th July.
Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival; alongside Brian Turner & Lesley Waters on 24th & 25th August.
Cake International at NEC, Birmingham; alongside Mich Turner MBE & Will Torrent, chocolatier on 7th-9th November.
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Switch-On! on 20th November.

Gary goes on a Big Adventure with Market Kitchen

Gary is licking his lips at the thought of taking on presenting duties for Market Kitchen: Big Adventure Roadshow.
Good Food Channel's flagship daily show has been reinvented in an exciting new format.
The series hits the road and travel across Britain's culinary landscape, in an epic journey from Cornwall to Scotland, to search out and celebrate the very best of British produce and ingredients. Once they've sourced them they'll bring their fantastic ingredients back to the show's restaurant HQ - where Penny Smith (formerly of GMTV) and Matt Tebbutt will be joined by special foodie and celebrity guests, as well as food loving members of the public - to cook up delicious dishes that showcase the very best of regional produce.
A rich array of chefs will be taking part and together they'll embark on a delicious journey to get the nation to be more adventurous with food.
Over the course of the series the team will reveal where Good Food viewers can buy the most delicious, exciting and unusual food in every corner of the UK, from village shops or city centre delis, farmers markets to supermarkets and all contributing to an online directory of foodie destinations.

To see a video from the Roadshow click on the logo below

Roadshow destinations included: Somerset, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cardiff and Birmingham (BBC Good Food Show)
Click on the Good Food Channel logo below for further details and videos

Gary also regularly hosts many food events and festivals across the country, alongside TV and celebrity chefs including: Gino D'Acampo, James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Michel Roux, Jr. and Nadiya Hussain

Gary gets mobile with Northern Bank!

Northern Bank, one of the leading retail banks in Northern Ireland recently gave Gary a call to ask him to play a leading role in their new commercial.
Filmed on green screen; in the commercial we see Gary's character picking up an ATM machine, which then transforms itself into a mobile phone!
First aired on TV, Autumn 2010.

To view the commercial click on the image below.


Gary reveals the nations top answers with Family Fortunes

Following in the footsteps of gameshow legends including Max Bygraves, Bob Monkhouse, Les Dennis and Vernon Kaye, Gary recently hosted the FremantleMedia produced Family Fortunes tour.
All Star Family Fortunes on ITV1 sponsored by The Mall Group, is watched by around seven million viewers. The tour gave families from across the UK a chance to put their fingers by the buzzers and compete for a place in gameshow history!
Fantastic spot prizes were donated by retailers and a star prize of a ten thousand pound car was on offer for the overall winners! Well done to all the teams taking part.

Our survey says A great time was had by all!



Gary goes back to school with Sky One

To mark the launch of their Autumn programme line-up, Sky One invited members of the media to a themed Back to School night at Westminster Central Hall.
Complete with black cape and school bell, Gary was enlisted to play the role of a stern teacher, registering on arrival. Once registered all pupils were gathered in the assembly hall. Gary then took to the stage's lecturn, to introduce Headmaster Richard Woolfe-Head of Sky One and Noel Edmonds, host of Are you smarter than a ten year old. Each was proceeded by a mini ten-year old version of themselves!
Once the assembly had concluded, pupils were ushered into the library room, where elements from popular Sky One programmes were brought to life. This included Prison Break cells featuring weight-lifting convicts, contortionists and tattoo artists. Naughty school girls ran around giggling with prefects, as Gary presented 'Are you smarter than a ten year old' questions to members of the media.

With the tuck shop in full swing and champagne milk bottles in abundance, when the school bell finally rang, surprise to say nobody wanted to leave!


Gary revvs up his presenting engine for A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport

Over two days of pre-season testing at the famous Silverstone circuit Gary was asked to host the prestigious Tyre-Change Challenge.

Members of the international media, celebrities, racing teams and fans all gathered to see who would be crowned the Tyre-Change champion!
A1 GP pits driver against driver and country against country. Bringing together 24 nations, to compete as equals, without financial or technological advantage.
All A1GP teams drive identical cars, making fast pit stops essential to gain a competitive advantage. Each team starts a race weekend with five sets of dry weather tyres and two sets of wet weather tyres. It is then down to the skills and speed of the seven mechanics in the team pit lane to ensure their changes are the quickest.

Congratulations to A1 Team Mexico who delivered some great times in the Tyre-Change Challenge!


Gary lets his hands do the talking Down Under!

During a recent visit to Australia, Gary was handed a fun assignment from Vision Australia.
Vision Australia strives to build a living partnership between people who are blind, vision impaired or sighted.
As the hand-model for their print and poster campaign, Gary helped to encourage Australians to Share the Spirit! of the Vision Australia community.

Requiring a steady hand and well manicured fingernails it would be true to say Gary grabbed the opportunity with both hands!


Gary presents at Canon Paris Expo

Paris's Grand Arche was transformed recently as Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging and IT solutions, showcased its cutting-edge technology at a three-day Expo.

As sole presenter for Medical Systems, Gary performed a number of presentations highlighting Canon's work in the medical field. Key presentation themes included: dynamic imaging, digital radiography and Fundus camera optical technology.

Through live presentations 14,000 invited delegates from across Europe were given the opportunity to learn more about Canon's advanced medical care and cutting-edge technology. The presentations incorporated interviews with specific medical personnel and pre-packaged audio visual elements.

"It was my pleasure to have (Gary) at the Medical System stage"
Jun Misumi, Events Promotion Dept. Advertising Div. Canon Inc.

Gary recently also presented for Canon at the European Congress of Radiology, Vienna.



Dick and Dom make an appointment to see Doctor Hirst in Da Bungalow

Gary reached for his white coat and stethoscope recently to take on the role of Doctor in the BBC1 madcap kid's show Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow.
Playing a specialist in Scabymonstrosiosis, Gary arrived for his appointment to introduce his patients to the show's hosts.
'Bungalow heads' then had fourty five seconds to see who could vacuum the most Rice krispies and chocolate from the unfortunate Scabmonsters bodies and faces!
For the show's finale Gary was back again. This time playing a Co-Hostess and Mucker, as TV game show Wheel of Fortune was spoofed! A thoroughly mucky time was had by all!

Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow was broadcast live every Saturday morning on BBC1. >>

To see a video from the show click on the image below!


Gary Joins Ken Campbell's Improvisation Investigations

Gary's recent improvisation shows led to a mind-boggling evening of unscripted performance at Brighton's Joogleberry Playhouse.

Chaired by the legendary Ken Campbell (Secret Policeman's Ball and Fawlty Towers) a number of investigations were on display, covering a range of tests and themes.
Highlights of the evening included a Homeric Epic, Weeping, Extreme Verbal Abuse and a Topical Grand Opera.
Gary was particularly noted for his seemingly unending Nonsensical Iambic Pentameter!

Watch this space or use the contact section for details of Gary's next spontanious appearance >>


Make a date with Gary on Sky TV

For all you lonely singles the answer has arrived!
Gary has been co-hosting a three-hour, live interactive dating programme on the Sky TV platform.
Text2Date is the UK's number one TV dating show. It offers viewers the chance to meet like-minded people through an array of interactive services. Taking the dating reins alongside different co-hosts; Gary keeps the viewers entertained whilst helping them to find their perfect partners. The dating services on offer include: Chat and Flirt, Match Me and the chance to see pictures of eligible singles on your TV screens!
Telephone callers can also speak to Gary on air!
With three hours of live TV to fill you can be sure of plenty of amusing ad-lib moments!

The show was broadcast live, seven evenings a week on the Sky TV platform.


London's Leicester Square feels the force of the Star Wars Roadshow

To celebrate the launch of STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH, fans of all ages were urged to dig out their old Star Wars toys, t-shirts, posters and other memorabilia to find out whether their item from 'a galaxy far, far away' could turn out to be worth a small fortune!
Hosted by Burger King, memorabilia roadshows were held in restaurants in London, Edinburgh and Manchester, as part of a global partnership with Lucasfilm.
Fans felt like they were stepping onto the set of a Star Wars movie, with the chance to see life size replica characters from the films, including Darth Vader, Bobba Fett, R2D2, C3PO and a host of Stormtroopers.
Gary, complete with Jedi cloak and Lightsaber took to the microphone for the event's compering duties and was flanked by Jedis performing their magic tricks.
An expert valuer was also on hand to provide on the spot valuations of all Star Wars memorabilia.
BURGER KING?Family Marketing Manage Alex Cacouris said: "The roadshows were a great opportunity for the whole family to celebrate the magic of Star Wars"
With Gary bringing his own unique approach to the day, Star Wars enthusiasts were treated to a truly cosmic day out!

Gary improvises at Theatresports Cup!

London's Red Rose Comedy Club was the venue for three spontaneous nights of Theatresports recently, as teams from London's top comedy improvisation groups came together to raise money for Make-a-Wish Foundation.

The Theatresports Cup had all the ingredients of a true Theatresports contest. This included naughty playful teams, audience suggestions, a Master of Ceremonies and three stern judges; complete with black gowns, scorecards and a horn to indicate who stays on stage and who gets horned off!

Teams playing in the cup included: The Crunch Frog Collective, The Spontaneity Shop, Chain of Fools, Big Wednesday, Impronouns, Arriba Arriba Arriba, and Gary's very own team, Gimprovise!

Sticking closely to Keith Johnstone's original Theatresports conception, hilarious verbal and physical performances were on display. Over two heats and a final. Games and scenes included: Freeze Tag, Two Headed Expert, Emo Switch, Scene in a Rhyme, The Alphabet Game and many more!

Congratulations to The Spontaneity Shop who were this year's overall champions. Gimprovise will be back next year to challenge for the Theatresports crown!

Gary has also made a number of guest recent guest appearances with Improvedy at The Polar Bear Comedy Club, Lisle Street, WC2.


Make-A-Wish Foundation UK >>

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Gary goes Seconds from Disaster for National Geographic

As part of the popular Seconds from Disaster series, National Geographic Channel produced a recent special aiming to shed new light on 1989's Kegworth air disaster.
Gary played the role of Nick Stevenson, a survivor and key witness to events leading up to the crash involving a British Midland Boeing 737 over the M1 motorway at Kegworth.
Using modern techniques, key elements were reconstructed and examined to create a powerful and insightful hour-long documentary.

First Shown on National Geographic Channel, September 2005 >>


Gary gets blown away by F1 and The Telegraph

To promote The Telegraph newspaper's sponsorship of ITV's formula 1 motor racing coverage, Gary recorded a comical sponsorship ident.

In the spot we see Gary's character, complete with cheque pyjamas and a dressing gown, in his hallway going to get the morning papers from the front door. Newspapers in hand he can't wait to delve into all the latest sport and writing. But, engrossed only for a few seconds, he is forcibly interrupted by the high speed, deafening noise of F1 cars racing around his home.
The ensuing gust of wind blows the papers clean from his hands and sends his dressing gown and hand towel into a flap!

The ident in two parts aired throughout the 2004 F1 season on ITV, surrounding the commercial breaks.
Directors, Zak Emmerson/ Dan Gifford, Granada.



Gary voices over at Threshers!

Eighteen cans of Carlsberg™ for £9.99 at Thresher's! That was the mouth watering proposition when Gary went into the studio to record a thirty second radio commercial for the national drinks retailer.

The commercial is narrated by Iain Lee, the former presenter of The 11 O'clock show and RI:SE on Channel 4.

In the scenario Gary's character was in a Threshers store with his girlfriend, planning a small party for that night. However, it seems his girlfriend has invited a few extra friends!

The spot aired on major radio stations.



Hooray for Hollywood!

Gary's going to Hollywood and you can come too!

In a blockbuster move, Hollywood TV signed up Gary to present their game show Show me the money! The channel currently has a number of programmes offering a behind the scenes look into the world of film and top celebrities.

Participants in Show me the money have the chance to test out their Hollywood knowledge live on air! Viewers can also interact with the presenter via their own personal text messages and compete with one another to win cash prizes.

By calling the specially designated Hollywood TV number your voice could be heard by millions of adoring fans! A different host will be taking on presenting duties for the day's afternoon or evening show. Show me the money, Hollywood TV, Sky Digital.


Gary joins the funfair in EastEnders

To mark the 100th anniversary of Bridge Street market, Albert Square is throwing a big party.
Gary arrives in Walford as Fraiser's assistant; constructing and operating the centrepiece Dragon Tower ride.
Look out for a fantastic Skeleton costume, as Gary truly gets under the skin of London's East End!
Director, Steve Finn, EastEnders , First broadcast BBC1, four episodes, week commencing 21st June 2004.


BBC2's Dead Ringers have their evil way with Gary

The award winning Dead Ringers team were up to their usual impressionable mayhem when Gary joined them to take on the role of John in 'Professor Robert Winston's Evil Experiments'.
In one of a series of comedy sketches based on the renowned scientist and television presenter, Mark Perry dons the trademark moustache, spectacles and curly wig.
The evil experiment seeks to find what effect dropping a ten tonne weight will have on Gary's body!
Director, Johnathon Gershfield, First broadcast: BBC2, 17th May, 2004.

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