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Mark Curry
Born 27 August 1961 (1961-08-27) (age 48)
Nationality English
Occupation Television presenter

Mark Curry (born 27 August 1961, Stafford) is an English television presenter most often in children's programmes.


Early career

He started his television career aged seven appearing on ITV's Junior Showtime and played the producer in the film Bugsy Malone (1976).[1]

In 1981, Curry co-hosted the series Get Set For Summer on BBC1 with main host Peter Powell and Lucie Skeaping. The series returned the following year as Get Set but eventually became The Saturday Picture Show with Curry as main host, running until 1986. Curry's co-hosts over the years included Deborah Appleby, Maggie Philbin and Cheryl Baker.

During this period he was the question master on the final series of Screen Test, the BBC's cinematic quiz show for children in 1984. The series had flourished for fifteen years prior to Curry's appointment, but was cancelled after he had presented only one series (although not for reasons to do with Curry).

Blue Peter

On 23 June 1986, Curry joined the children's television programme Blue Peter. During his time on the show, he did such things as being strapped to the wheels of a revolving windmill and accidentally knocking the head off a man made of Lego. He left on 26 June 1989. Curry admitted later that he had refused to follow John Noakes and Simon Groom as a 'dog act'; co-presenter Yvette Fielding was given the task of introducing the new Blue Peter dog.

Later career

In 1998, Mark Curry presented a DIY show called Change That and also presented the final series of the popular quiz show, Catchphrase in 2002. More recently, he has been a presenter on the now defunct TV Travel Shop channel on Sky Digital and appeared in pantomime in Horsham, Sussex in December 2006.

Mark Curry has made an appearance in an episode of Last of the Summer Wine, entitled "Will The Nearest Alien Please Come In", broadcast 19 August 2007, playing a character trying to get in touch with extra terrestrials[2].

Personal life

In September 2008, Curry formed a civil partnership[3] with his long-term partner, Jeremy Sandle.[4][5]


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Preceded by
Simon Groom
Blue Peter Presenter No. 15
Succeeded by
John Leslie
Preceded by
Nick Weir
Host of Catchphrase
Succeeded by
series cancelled


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