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SPORT RELIEF NEWS
Meet the five experts who'll be taking our show jumpers from
trotting to the triple bar.
Meet the threesome the jumpers will have to impress with fancy
footwork and giant leaps.
Find out who'll be keeping you abreast of all the latest show
news and gossip.
jumpoffs, double bounce... you'll soon have all the
lingo down pat!
Anna Ryder Richardson
- Interior Designer & TV Presenter
Career Highs: Anna's success on BBC hit shows
Changing Rooms and House Invaders has seen her become one of Britain's
most recognised and best loved interior designers. With her flamboyant
personality and colourful designs, she has helped transform the houses
of enthusiastic homeowners all over the UK. Anna learnt to ride when she was a child. By the age of 13 she
had her own pony.
Diarmuid Gavin - Garden Designer and TV Presenter
Career Highs: Diarmuid is most famous for presenting
a number of BBC gardening programmes including Gardeners' World, Home
Front, alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, and Gardens Through Time.
Diarmuid's distinctive unconventional style has brought him much
acclaim. His designs are uncompromising and functional, yet startling
Jenni Falconer - TV Presenter
Career Highs: Jenni Falconer joined GMTV in August
2000 as co-presenter of Entertainment Today, where she has been
interviewing celebrities from both sides of the Atlantic for the past
Josie D'Arby - TV Presenter and Actress
Career Highs: Josie began performing at the kitchen
table at the age of four at her family's home in Newport, South Wales.
While at drama school, as well as getting four A-Levels, Josie wrote to
the BBC and landed herself a part-time job doing links for children's
shows. She went on to become a full time CBBC Presenter after graduating
from RADA in 1995. Before Only Fools on Horses Josie hadn't ridden a horse for about
Baker - TV
Highs: Matt became the 28th Blue Peter presenter in
1999. When Matt heard that one of the presenters was leaving, he
wrote in to the producers who in turn asked him to send in a
show reel. Growing up on a farm and not having a clue what a
show reel was, Matt got his dad to film him while he explained
the intricacies of the lambing season. Introducing his three
sheepdogs before riding off into the sunset on a unicycle
clinched the job for him. Matt has only just announced that
after seven years on the programme this year will be his
last. Matt started riding when he joined Blue Peter where he worked on
a few horsey items.
Littler - Actor
Highs: Matt first appeared on our screens in Children's
Ward, but he is best known for playing the loveable character of
Max Cunningham in Hollyoaks. The son of a happy soap family, Max
Cunningham has seen his family crumble around him. His first
sister died of cancer, then his second sister skipped the
country using her dead sister's passport, while his third sister
ran off with an abusive boyfriend. Not only this but poor Max
has also had to contend with divorce and the death of his father
and stepmother in a car accident. But all this tragedy earned
Matt a nomination for Best Actor at the 2006 Soap Awards. Matt has sat on a horse a few times as a child but has never had
any professional tuition.
Chapman - TV
Presenter and Music Industry Guru
Highs: Nicki Chapman has been involved in every aspect
of the TV and music industry for over 14 years, working closely
with artists, record companies and management groups. Nicki's
involvement in shows like Popstars and Pop Idol made her a
household name. Nicki enjoys horse riding and took it up again two years ago,
having previously ridden as a child.
Nicholas - Actor
Highs: Paul Nicholas became a household name for his
role as Vince Pinner in the BBC sitcom Just Good Friends.
However, Paul began his career in musicals starting off in Hair
before landing the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar. After a
brief but high profile pop career in the late 70s, Paul returned
to the West End to play Rum Tigger in Cats. Paul used to be able to trot, but up until the past month he
hadn't ridden for many years.
Wax - Comedienne and Presenter
Highs: Ruby Wax is probably best known for her chat
shows Ruby, The Full Wax and Ruby Wax Meets…, in which she
probes the rich and famous in her own unique way. Whether it's
locking the Duchess of Gloucester out of her own home or talking
shoes with Imelda Marcos, Ruby is one of the most colourful and
outspoken personalities on television, asking celebrities the
sort of questions you wouldn't dare! Ruby's never show jumped until recently and is more comfortable
in a Wild West setting.
Gunnell - Sprint
and hurdle athlete and TV Presenter
Highs: Sally is best known for winning the 400 metre
hurdles at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. She later
set the world record in the same event when she won gold in the
1993 World Championships. Sally is the only woman to have held
the European, World, Commonwealth and Olympic 400 metre hurdles
titles at the same time. While Sally was naturally a very
talented runner, she actually started out in athletics as an
accomplished long jumper and pentathlete before turning to the
sprints and hurdles. Before joining Only Fools on Horses, Sally hadn't ridden for four
Cox - Radio
and TV Presenter
Highs: Sara Cox has been a radio and TV presenter for
more than a decade. She has presented live events for Radio 1
from Ibiza and Glastonbury and her most prestigious role was
that of presenting the Breakfast Show on BBC Radio One from 2000
to 2003. Sara grew up on a farm in Lancashire, where her love of horses
Perry - TV Presenter
Highs: Suzi is the BBC's face of MOTOGP and has an
encyclopaedic knowledge of motorcycling. At the age of 22, Suzi
went to Japan on a modelling assignment. She stayed there for 12
months and on her return moved to London to work as an
advertising model. She got her big break as a pit lane reporter
for Sky Sports in 1997. Two years later, Suzi moved across to
the BBC and joined Grandstand, where she presents a live 30
minute preview for each MOTOGP direct from the pit lane. As well
as motorbikes, Suzi has reported for the BBC from Wimbledon, The
Boat Race, The London Marathon and the Athens Olympics. Suzi hasn't had lessons before and has only felt comfortable with
walking and trotting.