Nick Knowles

Nick Knowles

Nick started his TV career at the BBC in London in the Documentary Features department. He then spent two years in Australia working for WIN TV channel 4 news room. A brief spell in news in Phoenix Arizona followed before returning to the UK and the ITV TVS newsroom in Maidstone. Reporter, Producer and Director, Nick was the first journalist on the scene of the Deal barracks bombing. Later he moved to the newsroom of Meridian Broadcasting as Production Editor and reporter. At this stage he was asked to present more and more programmes.

 

The first was Confidential, a sex advice programme, then TV Weekly, Entertainment Today, Put It To The Test, where Nick worked for the first time with Carol Vorderman - the only show to our knowledge that has been shown on ITV and BBC! Ridgeriders - a motorbike history series that ran for eight years, getting viewing figures in excess of 50% and still being repeated today!! Walk Over History, car review programme Roadshow and TV Revealed, based at Elstree studios. He also covered Sailing for ITV and SKY including taking part in a leg of the Round the World Speed Record with Adventurer. A freelance presenter - Nick has worked across the channels on a variety of programmes:

Nick's career progressed with 5's Company on channel 5 - Straight Up - a political Sunday programme for ITV, The Great Escape for BBC - Three years of RTS award winning City Hospital for the BBC and Find a Fortune (9 million viewers) and Holidaymaker (7 million viewers) for Sunday evening ITV. He piloted two weeks of Housecall for BBC and Trading Up before appearing on BBC's hit show DIY SOS which regularly draws viewing figures of 8 million and has been consistently for 9 series the most popular factual programme on TV.

Two series of UK's Worst for the BBC set record viewing figures for an investigation programme at 7 million. The quiz series Judgemental added to Nick's broad range of shows: 'I just thought as I'd never done a quiz show it was about time I did!'

A trip to Nairobi for Comic Relief in 2003 produced an extraordinarily touching report which showed this former rugby player's softer side. The all new Secrets of Magic for Saturday night BBC1 and the writing, research, development and presenting of the ground breaking and wacky history programme Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot for BBC1 on Sunday night with an amazing almost 7 million viewers rounded off a pretty wide ranging and creative year for Nick.

DIY SOS continued into series 8, 9, 10 etc followed by a six part series off the back of the successful Gunpowder Plot. Histrionics was a family comedy history drama researched, written and presented by Nick along with the finest Directors, crew and actors a factual budget can buy. "I love them all - some almost physically and it was the greatest fun to work with my brother who played the minstrel in Robin Hood". Another 'Secrets of Magic' special was well received followed by a one off History format called Celebrity Time Machine. Nick then went to Zambia in 2004 where he shot a heart rending report for Sport Relief. "It's hard to explain just how awful the situation was there, I truly felt there was no hope and it made me quite ill for a while - when they asked me to return in 2005 I tried quite hard to find reasons not to go".

In 2005 he did indeed return and the change in Zambia - thanks to the generosity of you all through Sport Relief and Comic Relief - was astounding.

2006 saw series 12a (the team didn't want to call it 13, come and go and showcased our new builder Mark Millar. He was an instant hit, with Julian hugging him constantly now, to the detriment of his ribs. Also in 2006, Nick brought a series of live shows from 'Behind Bars' on daytime TV from Cardiff prison "what an eye opener that was - amazing access, amazing team, shame a bigger audience didn't see it. Perhaps now that the format has been proven with City Hospital and Behind Bars - all thanks to the lovely people at Topical TV - we could go behind the scenes at number 10? How 'bout it Tony? Or should that be Gordon?"

Nick saw in the new year with us all with the BBC coverage of the midnight bongs of Big Ben on "New Year Live".

2007 kicked off with Mission Africa where fifteen apprentices were guided by Nick Knowles and the wonderful Major Ken Hames through six weeks living in the African bush providing security, a wildlife reserve and safe drinking water for the Samburu people in a drought hit region of northern Kenya. Series 14, 15 and 16 of DIY SOS went down well too and were possibly some of the funniest series yet. Much credit here should go to Simon Knight who has brought a new lease of life and creativity to the show. More and more people seem to be cottoning on to just how strange a format this is and what amazing appeal it has across the age spectrum. Real Rescues, a daytime format based around the Police, Ambulance, Coastgaurd and Fire Services went down very well with the daytime audience and more can be expected in 2008. It marked a return to the partnership between Nick and his old buddies at Topical Television, who previously had been responsible for City Hospital, Ridgeriders and many more of Nick's early forays into network TV.

Nick also made a memorable film on Orangutans for the BBC's Saving Planet Earth series, a real insight into the error of choosing biofuels as an alternative fuel source. He also managed to squeeze in a series of Wedding Programmes for BBC1 called The Big Day. Tears aplenty as every Bride's every wish came true. Last appearance for Nick on our screens for 2007 was also the first of 2008 as he brought in the NEW YEAR with Mylene Class on BBC1 which he repeated in 2008/2009 with Kate Silverton.