Gareth Jones (presenter)

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Gareth Jones
Violet Berlin and Gareth Jones.jpg
Jones with partner Violet Berlin in 2003
Born (1961-07-05) 5 July 1961 (age 55)
St Asaph, Wales, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Other names Gaz Top
Ethnicity Welsh
Occupation Television presenter & podcaster
Years active 1985-present day
Website http://www.garethjones.tv

Gareth Jones (born 5 July 1961), commonly known as "Gaz Top", is a Welsh television presenter. He is also a Welsh language speaker.[1]

Best known for his work as a presenter of children's television and science programmes[2] such as How 2 and Get Fresh, he has more recently moved to presenting motorsport podcasts and directing and producing programmes.

Career[edit]

Gaz Top was born in St Asaph, Wales. When he began his career in 1979, he used the name "Gaz Top", a name he earned whilst working as a roadie for The Alarm.[1][3][not in citation given]

Date Role Show
2015-present day Actor (as Miff Ferrie) The Tommy Cooper Show
2015 Actor (as "Gaz Top") Caryl A'r Lleill (Caryl & The Others) S4C
12/9/2015 Contestant Pointless Celebrities
2015 Interviewee Wales In The 70s
2014 Interviewee 50 Greatest Kids TV Shows
2014 Actor (as "Gaz Top") Caryl (S4C)
2012 Interviewee 30 Years of CITV
2006 Guest Holly and Stephen's Saturday Showdown
2005 Guest Ministry of Mayhem (ITV50 Special)
2005 – present Presenter/Producer Gareth Jones On Speed (Podcast)
2005–2006 Pit Lane reporter A1 Grand Prix worldwide TV feed
2004 Presenter Speed Sunday ITV1
2002–2004 Director Gamepad[4] on Bravo
2003 Presenter Tomorrow's World[2][4]
1997 "The Joker" Megamaths
1996 Presenter It's Not Just Saturday
1996–2001 Presenter The Big Bang[2][4]
1989–2006 Presenter How 2[4]
1990–1991 Presenter The Children's Channel
1986 (as Gaz Top) Presenter BMX BEAT
1986 - 1988 (as Gaz Top) Presenter Get Fresh
1985 - 1986 (as Gaz Top) Presenter Music Box
1979-1985 (as Gaz Top) Roadie The Alarm[citation needed]

Gareth Jones On Speed podcast[edit]

Gareth Jones On Speed is a car and motorsport podcast written and performed by Gareth Jones and made by TV and podcasting production company WhizzBang.[5]

Hosted by Jones, the show has an irreverent style and features a regular cast of Zog (AKA musician and journalist Paul Ireson) Richard Porter (creator of cult web-site Sniff Petrol and Script Editor of BBC's Top Gear) and TV presenter and writer Violet Berlin. The show began in August 2005 after a visit to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Whilst chiefly an audio podcast there are occasional video episodes such as the London Grand Prix and Don't Call Me Carface.

GJOS distinguishes itself from other motor sport podcasts with a lively mix of serious chat, comedy sketches, and bespoke music. The original and witty songs deal with the world of cars and motor sport and are often recorded in the style of some well-known artists. Titles have included:

  • U2-2 - Guidance from above (about Sat Nav)
  • Dexy's Midnight Racers - "Come On Eddie" (tribute to Eddie Jordan's F1 team)
  • Amy Wineglass - "Back To Black" (about the use of Carbon Fibre in motorsport)
  • 'Barry Numan - "My Car's Electric"
  • Kräftwurst - "Autobahn UK"

Many major British and international motor sport stars have appeared on the show, such as Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Kubica. New editions are published roughly every 12 days and over 100 episodes in total have appeared to date.

Personal life[edit]

He lives in north London with his partner, Violet Berlin, and their two sons.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gareth 'Gaz Top' Jones Archived 16 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine., BBC
  2. ^ a b c Gareth Jones, The Right Address.
  3. ^ B3TA : INTERVIEWS : GARETH JONES AKA GAZ TOP b3ta.com, "Gareth Jones, better known as Gaz Top"
  4. ^ a b c d Gaz Top to present ECTS awards ceremony gamesindustry.biz, "partner and co-presenter Violet Berlin", "from HOW 2 to a stint as an MTV VJ"
  5. ^ WhizzBang - Independent Media Production
  6. ^ Biography at the IMDb
  7. ^ FAQ at Jones's official web site

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