Iain Lee

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Iain Lee (born Iain Lee Rougvie; 9 June 1973) is an English comedian and broadcaster. 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.

On 8 February 2016 it was announced that Lee will be part of the launch team on talkRADIO, presenting a weeknight (Monday - Friday) show, “The Late Night Alternative” from 10pm to 1am. The station, and Lee's show, started on Monday 21 March 2016.[1]

Iain Lee
IainLee.jpg
Birth name Iain Lee Rougvie
Born 9 June 1973 (age 44)
Slough, Buckinghamshire, England
Alma mater Middlesex University
Show The Late Night Alternative
Station(s) talkRADIO
Time slot 10:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Monday-Friday
Style Presenter
Previous show(s)
iainlee.com

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.

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

In November 2017, Lee took part in the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Lee entered the show on Day 5. During the show Lee was elected Prime Minister of 10 Downing Creek. Lee made it to the finale and finished in third place. He gained hundreds of fans and mass support after speaking so openly about mental health on tv, breaking the stigma.

Credits

Year Title Role Notes
1998–2000 The 11 O'Clock Show Presenter 35 episodes
1999 Comedy Café Guest 2 episodes
2001 I Love the '80s Guest 3 episodes
2001 Liquid News Presenter 20 episodes
2001 Mental! Contestant 1 episode
2001–2002 Thumb Bandits Presenter 13 episodes
2003 Flipside TV Presenter
2003 RI:SE Presenter
2004 Game Stars Presenter 1 episode
2004 The Weakest Link Contestant 1 episode - Winner
2005–2006 Celebrity Soup Presenter
2005–2007 Tittybangbang Various characters
2005 8 Out of 10 Cats Guest 2 episodes
2005 Banned in the UK Guest 4 episodes
2005 Citizen TV Guest 1 episode
2005 How to Start Your Own Country Guest 1 episode
2005 Monkey Trousers Various characters
2006 Celebrity Mastermind Contestant 1 episode - Winner
2006 Law of the Playground Guest 2 episodes
2006 The Race Interviewer 7 episodes
2007 The Beckhams Go To Hollywood Presenter 1 episode
2007 Wills and Harry Go To Vegas Presenter 1 episode
2008 Big Brother's Little Brother Presenter
2008 The Wright Stuff Guest 1 episode
2010 Come Dine with Me Contestant 1 episode
2010 The Persuasionists Billy Hitchens 6 episodes
2011 I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here! NOW! Guest 4 episodes
2012–2014 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Presenter 18 episodes
2013–2014 Big Brother's Bit on the Psych Presenter 28 episodes
2015–2017 ...Make You Laugh Out Loud Voiceover
2015–2017 Sam Delaney's News Thing Guest 14 episodes
2016 The Saturday Show Guest presenter 1 episode
2017 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Contestant 22 episodes - Third place

Film

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 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.[2] 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[3] 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. In April 2009 he became the first radio DJ in the UK to wrestle a listener (Matt "The Pain" Early)[4]. The match was broadcast on Absolute Radio on 17th May 2009. Absolute Radio announced on 17 October 2011 that Lee's contract would be terminated with immediate effect by mutual agreement.

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.

2012–2015: BBC Three Counties Radio & BBC WM

Between 2012 and 2015, Lee presented the breakfast radio show on BBC Three Counties Radio, broadcast across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire from Dunstable. In 2014, Lee was awarded a Radio Academy Award in the 'Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million)' category.[5] Commencing December 2013, Lee also presented a Saturday morning show on BBC WM, adding a Friday afternoon show from September 2014 onwards. Lee departed the station in August 2015, citing a "mix up".[6]

Complaints were received about an interview with a lawyer from Christian Concern that was conducted on 3 November 2015 in which he accused her of being 'bigoted' and 'homophobic' after she defended a minister quoting verses from the Bible condoning homosexuality as sinful. On 14 November it was reported Lee had been sacked by BBC Three Counties Radio.[7]

2016–present: talkRADIO

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee
Other names Late Nights with Iain Lee
Genre Radio show
Running time 180 minutes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station talkRADIO
Hosted by Iain Lee
Produced by Katherine Boyle
Original release 21 March 2016 – present
Audio format Stereo
Website The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee

On 8 February 2016 Lee announced his upcoming job at talkRADIO. The station launched on 21 March 2016 with Iain hosting The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee from 10pm - 1am, Monday to Friday. He is joined by Katherine Boyle who previously produced the Breakfast Show on BBC 3CR.[1] Lee won the Gold award for Best Speech Presenter – non Breakfast at the 2017 ARIA Awards.[8]

Other work

Lee wrote for the MSN gaming column and recorded monthly podcasts.[9] 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 "XLeague.tv" discussing videogames.[10]

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

Lee had a free podcast called "Shindiggery",[11] 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" [12] - 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 appeared 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 specialises in releasing rare and obscure recordings by The Monkees[13] In November 2017, the label released Micky Dolenz's Out Of Nowhere, which featured the 30 piece American Metropole Orchestra[14]

Lee had a cameo role in the British IBM's music video for their self-titled single, which was released in 2012.

References

  1. ^ a b "talkRADIO announces presenter line-up and launch date". talkSPORT.
  2. ^ Plunkett, John (6 November 2007). "Lee leaves LBC evening slot". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  3. ^ mediauk.com/radio/news/125/lbc-97.3 Archived 6 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ The Malloys (19 April 2009). "Iain "GENERAL" Lee v Matt "THE PAIN" Early - 28th April 2009" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Rabbit Hole TV (14 May 2014). Iain Lee 3 Counties Radio Breakfast Show wins Gold at the Radio Academy Awards 2014 (Television production). Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Iain Lee departs BBC WM 95.6 after mix-up". RadioToday.co.uk. August 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Iain Lee departs BBC Three Counties Radio". RadioToday.co.uk. 14 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Audio Radio Industry Awards 2017 – winners". RadioToday.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Console Wars: Iain Lee takes sides". Archived from the original on 27 March 2008.
  10. ^ Stuart, Keith (18 March 2008). "Games don't make good TV, says ex-videogame TV show presenter". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Iain Lee Presents...Shindiggery". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  13. ^ Joe Marchese. "I'm A Believer: Micky Dolenz's Rare MGM Singles Arriving On Deluxe Reissue - The Second Disc". The Second Disc.
  14. ^ "I'm a Believer: 7a Brings Micky Dolenz Concert with Orchestra to CD and Vinyl". theseconddisc.com.

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