1. How did you get into television?
In 1985 when I was a roadie, a good friend told me about a new music TV station
that was looking for TV presenters. I phoned them up and they gave me an
interview and a screen test. I hadn't done any presenting before, but I had
done some performing in youth theatre when I was younger, so I wasn't shy.
Plus, because I had travelled around with bands as a roadie for the past
5 years, I knew all about pop music, so they gave me the gig!
2. How can I become a television presenter?
The best presenters are experts on a subject and know about making programmes,
so: Get to know all about a subject that you are interested in, and then start
making videos about that subject yourself with a home video camera. Then contact
your local TV station and tell them about your skills, then send them a videotape
of your work.
3. What qualifications do you have?
I have six "0" levels, a bunch of GSEs and a TECH III in Civil Engineering,
but no degree as I went on tour instead of going to University.
3. Are you married?
No, but I lived with Violet Berlin since 1999. Together we have two teenage sons. We say
that we are "better than married".
4. What's that Carol Vorderman really like?
Welsh (like me) normal height, brown hair, good at counting.
5. Which show do you like best The Big Bang or How 2?
I am a big fan of HOW because it used to be on in the '60s and '70s when I
was growing up, but I loved doing The Big Bang because Violet & I got to
work together, so the answer is I like each show as much as the other.
6. Why aren't you on the Big Bang any more?
Because when we were asked to do the 2002 series it looked like many of the
people who usually make the programme with us wouldn't be doing it any more.
There were lots of changes planned for the Big Bang which Violet & I didn't
agree with, so we said thank you for the last 6 series and wished them all
the luck for the future.
7. Why did you change your name from Gaz Top?
Gaz Top was only my nickname, it just stuck for a while, I have always been
8. Where did the name Gaz Top come from?
Many, many years ago, before I was ever on TV I was a guitar tech (a roadie
basically) for a number of bands in the 1980s. One band which I worked for a
great deal were called "The Alarm" who were known for having ridiculously
tall, spiky hair, (lots of backcombing, crimping and gel) The lead singer of
the band was called Mike Peters, who I always called "Spike" because
of his spiky hair, Spike, became Spikey Top and so he started calling me Gaz
Top (because my hair was even spikier than his! Gaz is short for Gareth as
Bob is short for Robert. And so, as all roadies have nicknames my nick-name
became Gaz Top.
When I started on TV in 1985 I was making a music programme, and so I was still
dealing with bands and record companies, who had heard of Gaz Top from The
Alarm, but would never have heard of Gareth Jones.
So until 1989 I was known on TV by my nick-name, however as I grew older I wanted
to leave my youth behind and also point up the fact that I am a Welsh speaking
Welshman, and so I reverted to my real name Gareth Jones.
9. Where are the details for that thing that you made on the Big
Not here I am afraid, you need to go to The Big Bang Web Site
10. Where is Gilbert the Alien now?
He lives in a silver box in Lea-On-Sea. I still see him from time to time;
his nose has finally stopped running. His voice (and personality) Phil Cornwell
can be seen on TV regularly on" Dead Ringers", "I'm Alan Partridge" and "Stellar
11. How did you become a science presenter?
Because I have always been interested in how things work. I had an excellent
science teacher at school, and my Dad was very good at electronic and aviation
engineering and and he taught me a great deal.
Gareth Jones - The Facts
Gareth Jones, sometimes Toppie and occasionally Gaz Top
TV Presenter, Producer, and Director. Presenting TV shows such as "HOW 2"
& "The Big Bang" & "Get Fresh" & "Tomorrow's World". Directing GamePad, producing car podcst "Gareth Jones On Speed"
Stoke Newington, London, United Kingdom, although born and brought up in
Birth Place & Date:
St. Asaph, Flintshire, North Wales, 05 July 1961
Spoken for (by Violet Berlin)
Two, sons Tycho and Indigo
Hobbies, Interests & Likes:
Luggage, Aviation & Space Science, Automobile Technology, Formula 1, Star Trek,
Yoga, Hill Walking,
Welsh Language and Culture, Slade, Dexys, U2, Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals, Pete Williams.
Polyurethane foam sponge & all cheese (except mozzarella and paneer).
Just raise your hand and say How!