|• BBC: Record Breakers, Inside Out, Football Focus, Liquid News, Holiday
• CBBC: Xchange, Freestyle, Football Fever
• FIVE: Exclusive, The Spiderman Story
• Eurosport: The World Cup Show
• CITV: Crazy Cottage, Sticky, Mashed
• BBC Radio:The Big Toe Radio Show, Cbeebies Radio
Jez got a taster for broadcasting at the tender age of 12, working on Piccadilly Radio's 'Saturday Express'. A radio show for kids run by kids. Jez researched and conducted interviews with the then Granada Chairman David Ploughright, Man United keeper Gary Bailey and Sports Commentator Barry Davies. Upon leaving school he headed off to work for a number of TV production companies in Manchester before ending up as a runner at BBC Manchester in Post Production and The Sunday Show. All very much part of his master plan to become a presenter.
In 1996 Jez became a contestant researcher and warm up man for Mark Speight's first quiz show 'Name that Toon'.
1997 was the year that Jez's persistent pestering (not easy to say) paid off, scoring 2 CITV shows in a week. First 'Crazy Cottage'. A mad inside out back to front game show. The second 'Sticky' a magazine show to rival Blue Peter produced by Magpie's Mick Robertson. For 'Crazy Cottage' Jez was nominated for Best Children's Presenter at The Game Show Awards and the annual CITV Awards.
Jez then took up the reigns of saturday morning TV with 'Mashed' doing 2 summer runs before handing over to Ant and Dec on SMTV.
'Record Breakers' was his next port of call. Jez co-hosted for 4 years alongside the likes of Linford Christie and Fern Cotton. At the same time he could be seen on FIVE's entertainment show 'Exclusive'.
He had also got a knack of popping up on shows he loved. Reporting for 'Football Focus' and 'Holiday' and then having the privilege of guest presenting 'Liquid News'.
'Xchange' a live magazine show for CBBC kept Jez the busiest he has ever been. 2 live shows a day took care of that, and live is definitely best. At the same time he also became a member of the presenting team of 'The Big Toe Radio Show' on BBC7. 'Big Toe' serialized books across the week and offered opportunities for Jez to find a new talent. He discovered his love for narrating books. And has since built up an impressive list of credits.
Jez's talent is with people, and has a natural ability to comfort, assure and get the best out of contributors. This was in evidence when he became the face of BBC Manchester's 'Inside Out' 'Inside Out' covers stories from around the region in such a diverse range of subjects. Jez found himself at the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships one day and the next, conducting his hardest interviews to date with the families of missing loved ones.
The World Cup Show for Eurosport saw Jez's dream of hosting his own football show come true in 2006. It went out, Live, in 52 countries, half an hour after every game where he analysed the action with experts Graeme Le Saux, Ian Rush and Tony Woodcock.
For the past 3 years Cbeebies Radio on BBC Radio 7 is where Jez has called home. He has specialised with 'Bedtime stories' honing his narration skills and character voices. He also voiced 'The Spiderman Story' for FIVE.
Jez's versatility is taken to the stage every festive season and he can't believe he is now a panto veteran.
Snow White and the seven Dwarves: Playing Muddles at Stevenage, Bournemouth, Torquay, Aylesbury, Broxbourne, Redhill.
Dick Whittingham: Playing Idle Jack: Canterbury, Weston-Super-mare.
Cinderella: Playing Buttons: Stevenage, Gravesend
Jack and the Beanstalk: Playing Simple Simon: York
And this year Jez is looking forward to Christmas at 'The Carriage Works' in Leeds as Muddles in Snow White.
On stage Jez is becoming a panto regular. He has now played comic lead in nine pantomimes: Idle Jack in Dick Whittington (Weston Super-Mare, Canterbury & Stevenage); Muddles in Snow White (Stevenage, Bournemouth & Aylesbury); Buttons in Cinderella (Torquay and Gravesend); Simple Simon in Jack and the Beanstalk (York).
The Big Toe Radio Show has gifted Jez the opportunity to narrate stories and recite poetry and be involved in the shows’ comedy sketches.
ChuckleVision saw Jez as a cockney coachman.He played a game show host on CBBC sketch show Stupid. Played himself and a Victorian henchman in Blue Peter’s drama ‘The Quest’.
Most recently Jez appeared as a gas man in Kaleidoscope Film’s Would Like To Meet.
Away from TV Jez is a keen amateur footballer. He was honoured to play regularly for Emlyn Hughes’ Select XI.
Contact Barry Ryan 0207 242 4333