Martin Parsons is an accomplished presenter, broadcaster & writer with a genuine love of presenting,
plus over fifteen year’s experience in live and recorded television and radio work, both in studio and on location.
Originally from Sussex, Martin has been fascinated by history and the natural world since his earliest childhood memories of trips to Kensington’s Natural History Museum, the Tower Of London and HMS Victory, to name but three.
Martin’s first step towards a career in entertainment came shortly after leaving school when he worked backstage at Brighton’s beautiful Theatre Royal. While there, Martin began his studies at London’s Academy Of Live And Recorded Arts and, upon graduating in 1996, launched his performing career, initially as an actor. The next five years saw Martin appearing in theatres the length and breadth of the country, touring in E.Nesbitt’s ‘The Railway Children,’ appearing in London at the famous Players’ Theatre and playing the title role in ‘Billy Liar.’ Screen work at this time included roles in the BBC’s ‘EastEnders,’ legal series ‘Wing And A Prayer’ for Channel 5 and comedy-drama ‘Hooked On A Ceiling’ (Rainy Days Pictures).
It was in 2001 that Martin’s interests in television production developed and his move to presenting was a direct result of this. His first presenting role was on CBBC’s ‘Playdays Live,’ followed by travelling across the UK and France, writing and presenting over two hundred travel programmes from locations as diverse as the Louvre in Paris, Guernsey’s Castle Cornet and the middle of the English Channel!
The varied subjects of these programmes gave Martin the idea of combining his love of history with his career in television and his hands-on history programmes have included delving onto the history of Derbyshire’s Peveril Castle in ‘History File,’ looking at the past of retail in ‘To Market,’ as well as writing and presenting a history-of-the-home strand for over fifty episodes of property programme ‘Homesearch.’ Other historic documentaries have included programmes about the
Queen’s Jubilee and London’s Docklands for the interactive displays at the Museum of London.
Other historic documentaries have included programmes about the Queen’s Jubilee and London’s Docklands for the interactive displays at the Museum of London.
All of these programmes helped Martin to become experienced in recorded location presenting, while his three years spent with Yes TV (Sky), from 2004 to 2007, also gave him a thorough grounding in live television.
In addition, the diverse nature of his career has seen Martin present the breakfast show for Garrison FM, work for Guardian Media from the Channel M newsroom as their entertainment reporter, compere at numerous live events (most recently the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show and Young Gardner Of The Year), appear in pantomime and even provide voices for both villains in ‘Doctor Who’ and steam trains in ‘Thomas the Tank Engine Live!’ He is also a Met Office trained weather presenter and regular guest reviewer for BBC Berkshire.
Most recently, Martin has combined his performing and production experience to produce a number of history documentaries with the National Trust, exploring the unique treasures, newly discovered gems and hidden histories at The Vyne, Petworth House and the SS Robin.
Most of all though, Martin Parsons is an accomplished presenter, broadcaster and writer with a genuine love and experience of presenting and history programmes, whether they be exploring the heights of Alderney Lighthouse in the Channel Islands or the depths of the world-renowned Blue John Mines in the Peak District. He is experienced in live and recorded television and radio, studio and location work, as well as being an easy-to-work-with, professional and reliable broadcaster. Martin is a member of both English Heritage and Equity, has volunteered with the National Trust for over five years and is a keen fossil collector!
2) Martin Parsons, Jane Farnham & John Craven on stage at Hampton Court Palace for the RHS
Martin Parsons filming with gadget expert and collector Maurice Collins for Sit-Up TV
Unique access for Martin Parsons to film in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, for Peak Viewing Transatlantic
Martin being shown around the Vyne Estate while filming for the National Trust
Filming at Peveril Castle in the Peak District, Derbyshire for Channel M
Martin interviewing Gloria Hunniford on stage at Hampton Court Palace for the RHS
Martin filming 'Master Of The House' for Face TV
Martin being taught by Nick Lightfoot, Head Gardner at The Vyne Estate, while filming with Face TV