Radzi is one of Britain’s most talented and experienced television presenters having started out his presenting career on the BBC’s landmark children’s show, Blue Peter. He has since gone on to be a regular face on our screens, presenting shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. January 2020 saw Radzi take on his latest challenge, as a contestant on series 13 of ITV’s Dancing on Ice. In addition, this year saw the launch of My World, a ground-breaking global news programme for young audiences, explaining the stories behind the headlines and combatting fake news, which Radzi presents. He was particularly thrilled to work on the show alongside executive producer Angelina Jolie.
A screen test at the O2 Arena in front of over five thousand people secured Radzi’s selection as the official Weightlifting presenter at the 2012 Olympics, this saw him host the event for a seven thousand strong crowd on stage at the Excel Arena. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, co-presenting the 2012 Paralympics and joining the 2018 BBC Winter Olympics presenting team alongside Clare Balding in PyeongChang.
His passion for Sport has led Radzi to present several major events throughout the years, from the London Marathon to the Boat Race, World Indoor Athletics Championships and the Snooker, Radzi is a regular face of sports broadcasting. Radzi is also a stalwart of the UK Wrestling scene working as a presenter for the WWE’s flagship show, NXT UK. It made history as the first ever UK-specific television series on the WWE Network starting in October of 2018 and he has worked as a vital part of the team ever since. His passion and knowledge for athletics was evident when he presented the BBC’s coverage of the World Athletics Championships 2019 in Qatar. And in January 2019 he joined the Sky Sports team, presenting the first NBA game of the year on Sky Sports, live from the O2 Arena and anchoring the weekly, live NBA highlights show every Sunday night. In addition, acting as a pitch-side reporter at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and hosting the 2019 World’s Ultimate Strongman competition, Giants Live on Channel 5.
Nonetheless, Radzi has never limited his capabilities to just the world of sport. On the BBC and Channel 4, Radzi presents Songs of Praise and Crufts respectively and in 2017 he was announced as a presenter for ITV’s new entertainment show, Cannonball, an adrenaline-fuelled game show which features contestants trying to complete a host huge of aquatic obstacles and water-based challenges. He presented the show alongside Freddie Flintoff, Frankie Bridge and Maya Jama.
Radzi’s strong multi-cultural heritage and mixed family traditions has sparked his intrigue into personal identity and what it means to be British. This fascination has fed Radzi’s growing interest in both current affairs and politics and as a result, Radzi filmed Your Body: Your Image – a BBC 2 Learning series focusing on body image in schools, appeared on BBC 1’s Question Time and the BBC’s documentary series Home Front Heroes commemorating the ways in which ordinary men & women played a vital part in Britain’s Wartime victory. Radzi’s passion for education and learning through broadcast was evident in his Black History month special for Hits Radio with Fleur East in 2019.
Radzi also continues his work hosting film premiere’s for some of the most iconic films to hit our screens in recent times such as The Lion King and Toy Story 4.
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Get up off the sofa and start moving with former Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya, in his first children’s book.
Learn to walk like a crab, swing like a monkey, and slide like a penguin in this book from the Winter Olympics presenter that helps children have fun and get active, all the while learning about favourite animals. Simple exercises show children different activities they can easily do, any time and any place, with no extra equipment required!
All of the moves are modelled on the natural movements of the animals and can be easily integrated into the day, with an exercise to do when you wake up, suggestions for ones to do during the day, and a relaxing exercise to help children settle down for bedtime. Radzi wants every kid to enjoy the amazing way exercise can make you feel. Illustrations by Francesca Rosa accompany the exercises, showing young readers exactly what they need to do for each one. Ideal for both active kids and children who are a bit more reluctant to go out and play, this exciting new book teaches them about the natural world as they have fun moving their bodies.
Move Like a Lion was published by DK in January 2021.