Nicki Chapman is an accomplished TV presenter and broadcaster. She currently hosts Wanted Down Under Revisited and the nation’s favourite Escape To The Country, plus its spin-off, I Escape To The Country for BBC1. She has become a mainstay of the BBC presenting team, being a central figure during The RHS Chelsea Flower Show since 2006, broadcasting live as well as being a contributor on Morning Live and recently narrating the long-running classic, Points of View.
Nicki is a regular presenter for Radio 2, often sitting in for Zoe Ball on the Breakfast Show and Vanessa Feltz on Early Breakfast, helping millions of listeners begin their day. She has also been hosting Radio 2’s The Saturday Show with Nicki Chapman from the beginning of 2021 plus three documentaries:The Fuller Picture (an in-depth interview with Simon Fuller), Here We Come – The Monkees at 50 and Let’s Abba Party.
Delving back into her music roots, Nicki recently produced and presented The Shocking Truth about Talent Shows for Channel 5 as well as The Great Garden Challenge (again for Channel 5). She has presented three documentary programmes for BBC Television – Operation People Power, Britain’s Home Truths and Holding Back The Years which transmitted on BBC1.
Lockdown presented an opportunity for Nicki to further spread her wings, this time working on a Podcast from her home studio. The chosen subject is Talking Success…. where Nicki interviews some of the biggest names in the media and the arts.
In addition to her television and radio duties, Nicki is a much sought after event host and speaker, annually presenting The First Time Buyer Awards and also hosting the European Diversity Awards.
Nicki started her career in the music industry. After growing up in Kent plus a stint travelling around Australia, she joined MCA Records as a Promotions Assistant at the age of 20 . She quickly progressed, becoming one of the youngest and most successful publicists within the industry. Three years later she moved to RCA Records as Head of TV Promotions where she formed a long-time association with Simon Cowell.
From 1995 until the end of 2000 she was a joint partner in the Brilliant! PR Company which launched and/or represented artists including The Spice Girls, Annie Lennox, Charlotte Church, Take That, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Billie Piper, David Bowie, Van Morrison, S Club 7 and Amy Winehouse, as well as providing the PR for the BRIT Awards, various West End Shows and Channel 4’s hit series The Big Breakfast.
It was during this time Nicki was approached by ITV to appear as a judge on a brand new entertainment show called Popstars which proved an instant hit, with winning group Hear’say going on to sell over a million copies of their first single.
Having met with Simon Fuller in the nineties Nicki joined his management company 19 Entertainment in January 2001 as Creative Director, working with artists and personalities such as Annie Lennox, David and Victoria Beckham, Will Young, The Spice Girls, Carrie Underwood and S Club 7.
Nicki also continued her own TV career on the new ITV/ 19 Entertainment show Pop Idol alongside fellow judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox, reuniting with Simon Cowell for a show that regularly had over 10 million viewers per episode and changed the face of Saturday night entertainment.
Highlights of Nicki’s career range from being chosen to take part in BBC1’s Sport Relief showjumping programming Only Fools On Horses (eventually coming second), partnering with Christopher Biggins on Let’s Dance For Comic relief and reuniting with her ex-Pop Idol judges Pete Waterman and Neil Fox to show her side on Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got The Pop Factor.
Nicki is a proud Ambassador for British Dressage and a keen and active supporter of Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. After successful brain surgery in 2019, Nicki is now a passionate Ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Throughout her career, Nicki has presented numerous factual/entertainment and travel programmes, establishing herself as one of the UK’s most popular and versatile presenters, comfortable broadcasting both live or on location.