Mark Curry has appeared in many pantomimes throughout the UK. His first was a television pantomime in 1972, Babes in the Wood, starring Little and Large and Susan Maughan, where Curry and Bonnie Langford were the two babes. Alan Parker cast Curry as Oscar, the producer, in the film Bugsy Malone (1976).
In the late 1970s, Curry co-presented a Saturday morning TV show called Calendar Kids, with Kathryn Apanowicz, which was only shown in the Yorkshire Television region. He was also a main character in a six episode comedy/drama series about brass bands, Sounding Brass, for ATV.
Curry joined the Harrogate Theatre Company and appeared in several plays over three years in the early 1980s. In 1981, he co-hosted the series Get Set For Summer on BBC1 with main host Peter Powell and Lucie Skeaping. The series returned the following year as Get Set but eventually became The Saturday Picture Show with Curry as main host, running until 1986. Curry’s co-hosts over the years included Deborah Appleby, Maggie Philbin and Cheryl Baker.
In 1984, Curry was the question master on the final series of Screen Test, the BBC’s cinematic quiz show for children.