Chris Jarvis (presenter)
Martin Christopher Jarvis
20 April 1969
|Occupation||Actor, presenter, writer, director, broadcaster, impressionist|
Martin Christopher Jarvis (born 20 April 1969 in Romford, London) is an English actor, presenter and writer who has appeared on BBC television since 1992, apart from 2000–2002 when he was working with ITV and Channel 4. In 2019 he started a radio station for children called Little Radio.
Chris Jarvis started his entertainment career in 1992 as a presenter on Radio Orwell in Ipswich hosting a Saturday morning children's show. He also performed in cabaret and at Butlins.
He made his name in the early 1990s on Children's BBC, presenting from the "Broom Cupboard" alongside Zoe Ball and Josie d'Arby  as well as hosting his own shows like Look Sharp. Chris wrote a lot of material for Children's BBC himself (including the mini soap opera Wood Lane TV) and created several memorable characters including "The Anorak". In 1997, Chris was part of The Friday Zone  (which was broadcast on Friday afternoons on BBC One for most of the children's slot) with Debra Stephenson, Peter Simon, Dominic Wood, Steve Rock and Emma Lee. They released a single called "Glasses" as a spin-off from the programme, to raise money for Comic Relief.
Chris was one of the original line up of CBeebies presenters, alongside Pui Fan Lee, Sidney Sloane, and Sue Monroe everyday. From March 2007 until his departure on 26 January 2009 he presented alongside Lee from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm with Discover and Do, then the Bedtime Hour from 6:00 pm and again on BBC Two in the mornings. He also starred in Step Inside as Mr Mopple and voiced characters in Underground Ernie. In 2009, he and Lee left the channel’s main presentation to create Show Me Show Me.
Show Me Show Me is still broadcast on CBeebies today. The first 40 half-hour episodes were broadcast on the CBeebies channel, BBC One and BBC Two from Monday 6 July 2009 every weekday at 10:00 am and 1:30 pm. Series 5 was filmed on location near Manchester in 2013.
Chris and Pui regularly appear in other CBeebies shows including Justin's House and the annual Christmas shows; in 2012 Chris wrote Jack and the Beanstalk and played Dame Trott. He has also appeared in productions of Shakespeare plays that have aired on CBeebies playing Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Alonso in The Tempest.
Since 2010, Chris and Pui have toured the UK with The Chris and Pui Roadshow.
He has been seen playing piano, guitar, glockenspiel and bell-ringing on Show Me Show Me.
Jarvis has appeared in pantomimes professionally every year since 1995, and prior to that had performed in several as an amateur. Since 2001, he has written and directed many of these pantomimes as well.
- 1995 'Aladdin' Guildford – Bernie Nolan, Clare Buckfield, Jack Douglas, Richard Gibson,
- 1996 'Aladdin' Richmond – Bonnie Langford, Bernard Cribbins, Terrence Hardiman
- 1997 'Jack & the Beanstalk' Bromley – Matthew Kelly, Vicki Michelle, Toyah Willcox, Robert Duncan,
- 1998 'Cinderella' Lewisham – Linda Robson, Femi Oke
- 1999 'Peter Pan' Reading – Derek Griffiths, Hilary O'Neil
- 2000 'Jack & the Beanstalk' Croydon – Kate Ritchie,
- 2001 'Cinderella' Malvern – Marti Webb, Nicholas Smith
- 2002 'Cinderella' Bournemouth – Ruth Madoc, Nicholas Smith
- 2003 'Cinderella' Basingstoke – Sarah Thomas, Michael Knowles
- 2004 'Jack & the Beanstalk' Bournemouth – Chris Ellison, Tom Owen, Jackie Piper
- 2005 'Aladdin' Bournemouth – Ray Meagher, Mark Squires
- 2006 'Snow White' Tunbridge Wells – Carol Harrison, Richard Calkin
- 2007 'Snow White' Basingstoke – Carol Harrison, Tom Owen
- 2008 'Cinderella' Swansea – Su Pollard, Sarah Thomas 
- 2009 'Snow White' at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth with Su Pollard 
- 2010 'Cinderella' at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth with Amanda Barrie.
- 2011 'Jack & the Beanstalk' at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth with Debra Stephenson, Brian Capron, Nick Wilton & Kate Weston 
- 2012 'Sleeping Beauty' at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth with Su Pollard.
- 2013 'Aladdin' at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth with Scott Maslen, Bobby Crush, Nicholas Khan, Jennifer Saayeng, Richard Vincent, Jamie-Lee Mason
- 2014 'Snow White' Richmond Theatre – Jerry Hall
- 2015 'Cinderella' Richmond Theatre
- 2016 'Sleeping Beauty' Richmond Theatre
- 2017 'Jack and the Beanstalk' Wycombe Swan Theatre with Simon Webbe and Ashleigh Butler
- 2018 'Dick Whittington' Poole Lighthouse with Richard Gibson
- 2019 Sleeping Beauty Swindon Wyvern with Michelle Collins
- 2020 Puss in Boots Tiring Production with Suzanne Shaw
Jarvis has been involved with several televised pantomimes on CBeebies, including 2012’s Jack and the beanstalk which he wrote and starred Dame Trot, 2011's Strictly Cinderella which he co-wrote, and starred in as Baron Hardup, 2010's Aladdin (in which he plays Emperor Sho Mee)  and 2009's Jack & Jill (which he wrote and appeared in a cameo).
He is 5'9" tall.
|The Broom Cupboard||1993–1997||Himself (presenter)|
|Wood Lane TV||1995–1997||Actor / Writer|
|Look Sharp||1994–1995 (2 series)||Presenter|
|Get Your Own Back||1995||Himself|
|Playdays||1995–1997 (2 series)||Presenter|
|Fully Booked||1998–2000 (2 series)||Presenter|
|To Me, To You!||1996, 1998||Himself|
|The Friday Zone||1997||Himself (presenter)||CBBC|
|The Demon Headmaster Takes Over TV||1997||Himself||TV film, played a fictionalised version of himself|
|The Demon Headmaster||1998||Your Wildest Dreams host|
|Mr Wymi||1998||Hacker tracker|
|ChuckleVision Comic Relief Special||1999||Music Mogul|
|Dream Street||1999–2002||Hot Rodney, Amber & Scarlet|
|Jungle Run||2001–2002||Himself (presenter)|
|Maths Mansion||2001||Sad Man/Bad Man|
|Step Inside||2002||Mr Mopple|
|CBeebies||2002–2009||Presenter||Presented links between programmes|
|Underground Ernie||2006||Circle & City||Voice role|
|Show Me Show Me||2009 – present||Himself (presenter)|
- "BBC - Archive - The CBBC Broom Cupboard - In the Broom Cupboard". www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Look Sharp - UKGameshows". www.ukgameshows.com.
- "DS Icon: Chris Jarvis". 29 January 2010.
- spacepootv (19 February 2009). "CBBC Comic Relief '97 - Chris Jarvis - Glasses" – via YouTube.
- Saturday Mornings – Summer Replacements Archived 4 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Chris Jarvis". IMDb.
- "reasons to love cbeebies (part one)".
- "BBC - CBeebies - Page not found". Archived from the original on 24 June 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2017. Cite uses generic title (help)
- "Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee". www.chrisandpui.com.
- "BBC Orchestras and Choirs". BBC Music Events.
- "BBC - Press Office - Aladdin: Chris Jarvis plays Emperor Show Mee". www.bbc.co.uk.
- sarahjaynecooper (24 December 2008). "Cinderella 08/09 - Swansea Grand Theatre" – via YouTube.
- Bournemouth Echo – Su Pollard and Chris Jarvis launch Bournemouth panto Tuesday 6 October 2009
- Bournemouth International Centre – Jack and the Beanstalk Archived 3 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Strictly Cinderella, CBeebies Christmas Panto - BBC - CBeebies". BBC.
- Hodgkinson, Will; Skegg, Martin; Nicholson, Rebecca (17 December 2009). "CBeebies Christmas Pantomime - In the Spirit of Diaghilev - Heston's Christmas Feast - Comedy Showcase: Girl Friday - Watch this" – via www.theguardian.com.
- "BBC - Press Office - Network TV Programme Information BBC Week 50 The CBeebies Christmas Pantomime Feature".
- Jarvis, Chris. "@jemjemz I'm originally from Essex. Grew up in Billericay and Brentwood. I shall pass on your compliment to Pui Fan - thank you".
- Jarvis, Chris. "@SarahLLockley Pui has a fantastic son already - a born entertainer if ever I met one :) (proud Godfather)".
- Jarvis, Chris. "People always expect me to be about 6 ft 6 because of the height difference. I'm actually 5'9".