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Iain Lee

Iain Lee
Lee at a BBC radio discussion in 2008
Born Iain Lee Rougvie
(1973-06-09) 9 June 1973
Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation Radio presenter, television presenter, comedian, musician
Employer BBC Three Counties Radio, Channel 5, Sky News, ITV

Iain Lee (born Iain Lee Rougvie; 9 June 1973) is a British comedian, and television and radio presenter. His career began when he performed stand-up comedy gigs across venues in London. He subsequently became co-presenter of the comedy current affairs show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4 and RI:SE. After three years at London talk radio station LBC 97.3, Lee resigned and, after two years presenting a Sunday night slot, hosted Iain Lee's 2 Hour Long Late Night Radio Show on Absolute Radio until leaving the company on 17 October 2011.


  • Early life 1
  • Television career 2
    • Credits 2.1
  • Film 3
    • Film credits 3.1
  • Radio career 4
    • 1999–2001: Xfm London 4.1
    • 2005–2007: LBC 97.3 4.2
    • 2008–2011: Absolute Radio 4.3
    • 2012: The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show 4.4
    • 2012-: BBC Three Counties Radio 4.5
    • 2013-: BBC WM 4.6
    • Credits and covers 4.7
  • Other work 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Lee was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England and attended Herschel Grammar School.

Television career

Lee was the lead presenter on satirical comedy show The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4, alongside Mackenzie Crook and Daisy Donovan. The show also featured comedians Ali G and Ricky Gervais. He then went on to present the early morning Big Breakfast replacement on Channel 4, RI:SE, with Kate Lawler from Big Brother 2002. Lee presented a few other shows, including computer game show Thumb Bandits.


  • The Beckhams Go To Hollywood Sky One
  • The Race Sky One & Three
  • Wills and Harry in Vegas Sky One
  • I Love Lost Sky One
  • Law of the Playground Channel 4
  • Citizen TV BBC2
  • Celebrity Soup E!
  • All Star Sketch Show ITV1
  • Flipside Channel 4 & Paramount
  • Gamestars ITV1
  • RI:SE Channel 4
  • The Q Awards Channel 4
  • My Worst Week BBC1
  • You Askin’ I’m Dancin’ Channel 4
  • Liquid News BBC3
  • Thumb Bandits Channel 4
  • Perrier Awards Channel 4
  • E for Edge Channel 4
  • Mental Play UK
  • Thumb Candy Channel 4
  • Critical Mass Channel 4
  • The 11 O’Clock Show Channel 4
  • Parliamentary Awards Channel 4
  • Vent Channel 4
  • New Labour New Language Channel 4


Film credits

Radio career

1999–2001: Xfm London

Lee began his radio career as a presenter on Xfm London from 1999 to 2001.

2005–2007: LBC 97.3

Lee was a presenter on London talk radio station LBC 97.3 from January 2005 to November 2007. Lee filled in for Clive Bull for two weeks in late 2004, until he presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 10pm-1am.

In October 2005, Lee moved from weekends to the drivetime slot from 4pm-7pm. Lee titled the show The 3 Hour 4 'Till 7 Iain Lee Afternoon Wireless Show.. In January 2006, Lee moved again to 3pm-6:30pm, with the show being renamed to The 3 and a Half Hour 3 'Till 6.30 Iain Lee Afternoon Wireless Show.

From January 2007 to his resignation in November, Lee presented the evening slot from 7pm-10pm preceding Bull in the newly titled show, "Iain Lee's Good Evening". Lee chose the name after seeking advice from his friend and fellow comedian Mackenzie Crook. The afternoon show was taken over by then weekend breakfast show host Paul Ross.

A change of radio station management (when Global Radio purchased LBC) in mid-2007 led to the demise of the Sunday Night Triple M show altogether, with the last show on 16 September 2007.[1] Lee's style of presenting fell out of favour with the new management, with returning topical and news-led conversation. Without notice, Iain Lee's Good Evening came to an end on 2 November 2007, with the last ten minutes being given to Triple M.

For just over two years (9 September 2005 to 16 September 2007) Lee hosted "Triple M", a feature where calls go straight to air, live and unscreened. Other talk radio presenters have also hosted similar features, including Nick Abbot, Tommy Boyd and Clive Bull. Initially, Lee would host the feature every Friday evening during the last half hour of the show. Originally called "Mental Mayhem", it was renamed to "Mick's Mental Mayhem" (after a caller named Mick), then simply "Triple M". The rising popularity of the format, along with a change in show times in May 2006 led to Lee present a whole three-hour show on Sunday evenings from 10pm-1am to Triple M, being called "Sunday Night Triple M", from 7 May 2006 to 16 September 2007. At the time, management favoured the unique format as they hoped that it would introduce exclusive listeners to the radio station.

2008–2011: Absolute Radio

Lee was rehired by his old LBC boss David Lloyd[2] at Absolute Radio where he presented The Sunday Night Show from 10:00 pm – 1:00 am, with a mixture of music and phone-ins. From 12 October 2009, Lee's show broadcasts Monday to Thursday from 11:00pm – 1:00am, taking over the slot from Ben Jones. Absolute Radio announced on 17 October 2011 that Lee's contract would be terminated with immediate effect by mutual agreement.[3]

2012: The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show

In February 2012, Lee launched 'The Iain Lee Pocket Radio Show' which was a podcast available free through various outlets, that was similar in style to Lee's previous radio shows but utilised the various social media platforms. The bulk of the podcast is made up of a phone-in section, whereby Lee would invite people to call him either by telephone or though Skype at a specific time to discuss one of three topics that Lee would post on Twitter. Listeners were also invited to interact with the show by sending AudioBoos, to be included in the recording.

The podcast also included Lee interviewing guests and celebrity news with the Daily Express's Elisa Roche.

2012-: BBC Three Counties Radio

Lee currently presents the BBC Three Counties Radio Breakfast show across Beds, Herts and Bucks, broadcast from Dunstable.

2013-: BBC WM

After covering for shows on the station on Saturday 7th December he presented his own show 9am - 12pm (now 10am - 12pm). As of Friday 12th September 2014, he presents the afternoon show 2pm - 4pm.

Credits and covers

  • Triple M LBC
  • Lost Podcast Channel 4
  • The Three & A Half Hour 3 till 6.30 Afternoon Wireless Show LBC
  • Guest presenter Capital Radio
  • The Iain Lee Show Breakfast Show XFM London
  • Loose Ends Radio 4
  • Saturday Afternoon Show Radio 6
  • Sunday Service Radio 5

Over the Christmas 2008 period, Lee presented the weekday morning show on George Lamb.

Other work

Lee wrote for the MSN gaming column and recorded monthly podcasts.[4] He is a big Lost fan, and presented Channel 4 radio's UK Lost podcast, where he summarised each episode of series two after it was broadcast in the UK. After Sky acquired rights to air Lost from seasons 3 onwards, Lee was recruited by Sky for their own podcast, entitled The Lost Initiative. For seasons 5 and 6, The Lost Initiative changed from an audio podcast to a "vidcast", with up to three online video discussions a week.

Lee has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends. Along with his ex-producer at LBC, "Agent Chris", Lee appeared on "" discussing videogames.[5]

Lee's voice can be heard as a continuity announcer on the TV channel Dave.

Lee has a free podcast called "Shindiggery",[6] consisting of music, sound bites and audio recordings.

Lee presented the official Big Brother radio show with co-host Gemma Cairney. The programme was called Big Brother's Big Ears and aired twice a week on the Big Brother website.

Lee has performed an experimental work by artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard in Sheffield called "Performer. Audience. Fuck Off" [7] - an interpretation of the seminal piece "Performer/Audience/Mirror" originally presented in 1975 by American artist Dan Graham

Lee currently appears on Channel 5's Big Brother UK spin off show 'Bit on the Psych' Saturday evenings.

Lee regularly appears on ITV's This Morning discussing a range of topical news stories, and occasionally on Sky News reviewing newspapers.

Lee runs 7A Records as a hobby with his friend Glenn Gretlund. The company company specialises in releasing rare and obscure recordings by The Monkees[8]


  1. ^ Plunkett, John (6 November 2007). "Lee leaves LBC evening slot". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "The Guardian op Facebook | Facebook". Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Console Wars: Iain Lee takes sides". 
  5. ^ Stuart, Keith (18 March 2008). "Games don't make good TV, says ex-videogame TV show presenter". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Iain Lee Presents...Shindiggery
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^

External links

  • Iain Lee Presents...Shindiggery
  • Iain Lee's YouTube videos
  • Iain Lee at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Lost Initiative podcast
  • Ian Lee's Official Twitter
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