Presenters

Iain Lauchlan

IAIN LAUCHLAN
Creative Director

Iain has been involved in the entertainment business for 40 years during which time he has had extensive experience as an actor, director, writer and producer.

As an actor he worked on many Dramas and TV series such as Plays for Today, The Camerons, Kings Royal, Casualty, Hannay, and Taggart but also presented on BBC Playschool for 8 years, the very successful Fingermouse series for BBC, Playdays, Storytime and Fun Song Factory.

Iain run the very successful Tell-Tale Productions and Wish Films, is a Bafta TV and Television Society award winner and was the creator, series producer and script editor on the extremely successful Bafta winning and global children’s series The Tweenies.

Iain also was the Producer on Boo, and BB3B for BBC, Fun Song Factory and Jim Jam and Sunny for ITV and was responsible for delivering top quality programmes such as Wibbly Pig for Cbeebies.

It is time that there was really good quality content for pre school children on the internet so that the young viewers can access original and focused programming which is pitched correctly for them as they navigate the endless content on their tablets.

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JENNY PHILIPS

Jenny PhilipsJenny started her professional career as a Redcoat entertainer at Butlins, where she became head dancer and choreographer of leading shows at the Minehead resort. She also created her own interactive family game show – All Aboard.

As a choreographer, she worked with Pixie Lott on Inspector George Gently (BBC1). Jenny sang with Bobby G’s Bucks Fizz, later choreographing and performing in the theatre show, G Fizz.

Jenny performed on The Sarah Jane Adventures (CBBC) Doctor Who Live and the hugely popular Tweenies and CBeebies Live arena shows (BBC Worldwide).

She regularly stars in and choreographs one of the UK’s leading live children’s shows – Justin Live – alongside CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and his ever popular character, Mr Tumble.

Currently, Jenny choreographs and co-presents Mister Maker Live which has been touring across the UK since early 2014 and will continue until Summer 2016. This year, Jenny also performed the show in 7 cities across Australia, including 16 sold out performances at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

Jenny choreographs and performs for Imagine Theatre’s pantomimes and has worked alongside Iain Lauchlan for many years. Her roles have included Aladdin (Porthcawl Grand Pavilion & Leamington Spa Centre), Prince Valiant (Porthcawl Grand Pavilion), Jill in Mother Goose (Leamington Spa Centre) and The Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast

Cheeky Chimps TV is a really exciting new project and she is looking forward to presenting more shows with Iain and the gang.

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CRAIG HOLLINGSWORTH

Craig HillingsworthCraig was born at an early age, and grew up in a small city called Lincoln. He started dancing at 5 and was finished by half past six!

He went on to train in Musical Theatre at college during which time he played many roles such as MC in Cabaret, The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Mickey in Blood Brothers and Baby John in West Side Story. He graduated from his training in Musical Theatre in 2006. That same year Craig started his presenting career at Butlins Skegness as a Red Coat. Here was where he learnt how to talk to an audience and entertain a crowd.

Since leaving Butlins Craig has been lucky enough for his job to have taken him all over the world, performing in beautiful places such as Jamaica, The Caribbean and Canada. His theatre credits include, the presenter of High School Hits, Magic You Can Do, Horror Behind The Screams, Spooky Science and Boys Vs Girls  –  The Ultimate Challenge.  Craig has also been seen in Aladdin (Crewe Lyceum); Cinderella (Theatre Royal Lincoln); Horrible Histories (Blue Peter Roadshow); Misery (UK tour) and Your Only Young Twice (UK Tour). Craig & Iain met in 2009 at a pantomime audition in London. Since then they have worked alongside each other,  as Dame & Comic at the Belgrade Theatre in the following titles : Sleeping Beauty, Jack & The Beanstalk, Aladdin,  Beauty & The Beast.

Craig is delighted to be working on such a great project and hopes you enjoy watching the channel as much as he has being a part of it.

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CHARLIE GUEST

Charlie GuestCharlie trained with a scholarship to the Guildford school of acting where he achieved a BA(hons) Degree in Musical Theatre.

Professional Credits Include: 

Buttons in Cinderella (Loughborough), Vocalist with the prestigious GSA Singers at Her Majesties Theatre (West End) First cover Dick Deadeye and Sir Joseph Porter in HMS Pinafore (London’s Little Opera House), Archie Goose in Mother Goose (Loughborough), Vocalist in The Cantabile Christmas Concert with the West End Chorus, Idle Jack in Dick Whittington (Loughborough), Jazz in the UK Tour of Club Class, Ensemble in Children of Eden (Prince of Wales, West End) Prince James in Cole Porters Jubilee (Tabard Theatre), Vocalist in Search for a Twitter Start (Lyric Theatre, West End) Zalika in How Lion became King of Tinga Tinga Land (UK Tour)– written and directed by Iain Lauchlan, Devon in Evil Bread and independent feature film, Charlie has also been a part of recording a concept album for a brand new musical – The inbetween. Willy do it in Beauty and the Beast (Gravesend), Understudy in The Gruffalo (UK/Asia Tour) PC Pong in Aladdin (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Predators in The Gruffalo (Lyric Theatre, West End)

A large part of Charlie’s Career so far has been entertaining and educating children of all ages. He is very excited to have the opportunity to do this on a regular basis with Cheeky Chimps TV

Follow charlie on twitter – @charlieguest88

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MARAIA YARJAH

Maria YarjahMaria began her professional acting career 7 years ago working extensively with Talawa Theatre company, touring the UK and South Africa.

Recent theatre credits include writing and performing her one woman short ‘Family Misfortunes’ for the show ‘LadyLogue’ at Tristan Bates Theatre and ‘The Sweethearts’ play at Finborough Theatre, playing the role of Helena.

Recent TV credits include 50 Ways of Killing your Lover and Red Dwarf.

Maria trained at the Brit School of Performing arts before reading Media and Performance at the University of Salford, Manchester. She is very excited about presenting for Cheeky Chimps TV.