Baz Ashmawy is an Emmy and IFTA Award Winning TV and Radio Broadcaster who has been a truly exciting Talent on our airwaves for more than ten years. Baz filmed a documentary with his mother Nancy called “Last Orders”, where the pair explored different options available to the deceased. This documentary was incredibly touching as Baz confronts mortality with Nancy, and he begins to imagine life without her. It raised awareness around the importance of having such conversations, as hard as they might be. It aired on RTÉ One early 2020.
Most recently, Baz presents ‘DIY SOS’ on RTÉ One. During this show, Baz and his team set out to renovate the homes of deserving families, changing their lives forever. In December 2020, Baz presented the documentary ‘Fungie’s Kingdom’ on RTÉ One where Baz headed to Dingle to investigate further into where Fungie spent many years. His show ‘Wingman’ aired to phenomenal praise on RTÉ One. The show saw Baz guide many different characters from all walks of life on a journey towards making their dreams a reality. The show was commissioned for a second series. In September 2020, Baz launched his podcast series ‘The Good, The Baz and The Ugly’ which is available on all major podcast platforms. Baz is currently an Ambassador for Bank of Ireland where he is fronting ‘The F Word’ campaign which is aimed at tackling the taboos that surround talking about personal finances.
Baz also received high praise for his 2018 documentary on gambling entitled ‘All Bets are Off’ which was broadcast on RTÉ. Viewers and critics praised Baz’s emotional and emphatic approach to the topic and thanked him for sharing light on the topic.
In 2018 he took to the shiny stage of ITV to host their musical game show called ‘Change Your Tune’, a brand-new singing family TV show where a host of unlikely singers were hoping to 'change their tune' to win an amazing cash prize.
Baz regularly contributes as a panel guest to Brendan O’Connor’s ‘Cutting Edge’ on RTÉ One.
During the summer in 2017, on RTÉ Radio One, Baz presented his weekly show 'This Baz Thing'. Additionally, Baz’s other RTÉ radio roles include sitting in the hot seat of The Ray D’Arcy Show which airs weekdays from 3pm-4.30pm. Baz has also regularly covers for The Ryan Tubridy Show.
For one of his epic adventures Baz was joined by his 70+ year-old mammy, Nancy on a whirlwind journey around the world for 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy on Sky 1. The International Emmy and IFTA Award winning series created by Baz, was co-produced for Sky by Brown Bread Films and Burning Bright Productions. Following the tremendous success of the series on Sky 1, the format has been sold to over 100 territories worldwide.
For the third series of the show, Baz and Nancy were joined by a number of other daredevil mammies. Together they faced challenges and adventures which took them out of their comfort zone, all while having buckets of fun, in locations from Dubai to Peru and Toronto to New Orleans.
Also, on Sky 1, Baz presented the popular international format, The Fanatics. The show celebrates the most passionate, utterly obsessed and fantastically devoted people who compete against each other to be crowned 'The Fanatic.'
On RTÉ Two, Baz presented The Lost Muslim that followed his spiritual journey back to practicing Islam. The two-part documentary recently saw Baz delving back in to his heritage to educate both himself and his children, looking at how the culture and faith can co-exist with his own very Irish identity. He visited his beloved sister in Cairo who was at the heart of the Tahrir Square protests and is a devout Muslim.
Baz first burst onto the scene presenting the wildly energetic and hugely successful hit comedy/travel series How Low Can You Go? on RTÉ Two which ran for five seasons. Following this, he then wrote and starred in the spin off series How Low Reality.
Going from strength-to-strength, Baz began his first solo project. The documentary led presenter began delving into the weird and the wonderful. From witches to biker gangs and from eccentrics to people who lived only on road kill with his brilliant and insightful series Baz's Culture Clash on RTÉ Two. He very quickly cemented himself as a serious and charming presenter who could build rapport with just about anyone while having a lot of laughs along the way.
Following this, Baz developed his next show Baz's Extreme Worlds which was a factual entertainment series that pushed him to his limits as he immersed himself in different environments, which are inhabited by some of the toughest people in the world. He travelled to a maximum-security prison in Oklahoma, trekked through the Arctic and worked on a Trawler ship in Ireland. He also shadowed the Fire department of New York City and the Irish Army in Chad. For the second series he headed off to live with the Remote Suri Tribe of Ethiopia and wrestled alligators in Denver to name a few of his insane antics. To no surprise the show was a huge success!
Travel has always played a prominent role in our "cheeky boy next door" presenter, so it was no surprise he went on to become such a popular addition on RTÉ One's long running travel series No Frontiers.
Baz also presented the high rating live TV reality series Fáilte Towers which pulled in over one million viewers on RTÉ One for the final episode. He also appeared as a celebrity coach on the hit series Celebrity Bainesteoir, displaying a softer more serious side of his character people had seldom seen.
With all this success, Baz became a popular pundit on many TV and Radio shows before being a choice fill in presenter on the most popular shows, filling in for Dara O'Briain on the cult panel show aptly named The Panel and also filling in on The Daily Show on RTÉ One.
On radio, he presented his own weekend breakfast show on radio with his co presenter Lucy Kennedy for the national broadcaster RTÉ 2FM called the Baz and Lucy Breakfast Show. He also regularly presented on RTÉ 2FM’s Gerry Ryan Show as well as being a regular pundit on Newstalk’s Orla Barry Show. He displayed his unique comedic timing on a variety of other RTÉ radio programs such as Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney, as well as Spin 103.8 and Today FM.
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