Olly Mann

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Olly Mann
Born (1981-05-12) 12 May 1981 (age 33)
Hendon, North London, England
Nationality British
Education St Christopher School, Letchworth
St Catherine's College, Oxford
Occupation Broadcaster, journalist
Years active 2006–present
Notable credit(s) Presenter:
Answer Me This!

LBC 97.3
BBC 5 Live

Regular Contributor:
BBC Breakfast

Steve Wright in the Afternoon

Reader's Digest

Olly Mann is a writer,[1] presenter[2] and gadget correspondent.[3] He is best known as the presenter of the overnight show on "LBC 97.3" and for his work with long time collaborator Helen Zaltzman with whom he presents the award-winning podcast Answer Me This!.[4]


Mann was educated at St Christopher School, an independent school in the town of Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, followed by St Catherine's College at the University of Oxford, where he first met Zaltzman.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Answer Me This![edit]

Helen and Olly began presenting their weekly comedy podcast Answer Me This! in 2007, recording each episode from Zaltzman's sitting room in Crystal Palace, London.[6][7]

The show increased its audience following a publicity stunt in Luxembourg,[8] and in 2009 was nominated for Best Internet Programme at the Sony Radio Academy Awards;[9] an award it went on to win in 2010 (Silver)[10] and 2011 (Gold).[11] It has been selected as one of the Top 10 Comedy Podcasts in the World by The Guardian,[12] and as Critic's Choice in Radio Times, Metro[13] and The Observer.[14]

In 2010, Helen and Olly wrote a book of the show, published by Faber and Faber,[15] and were commissioned by VisitBritain to make an online video series, 'Helen and Olly's Great British Questions'.[16] In 2012, they released their first album, 'Answer Me This! Jubilee',[17] which entered the UK Top 20 Album Chart.[18]


In 2009, Helen and Olly became the UK's first podcasters to be given their own radio show, 'Web 2009 with Helen and Olly', an irreverent look back at the year's online trends,[19] on BBC 5 Live.[20] This was followed by other specials for the network, including 'Web 2010 with Helen and Olly', in which they interviewed Trinny Woodall and Jon Ronson;[21] and, in 2012, 'Helen and Olly's Required Listening',[22] a look at the world of alternative broadcasting.[23] In 2010, 5 Live gave Helen and Olly their own regular slot, as the 'internet experts' on Saturday night news magazine programme 'Saturday Edition'.[24] After the show had been running for two years, the slot was made available to download as part of the BBC's weekly 'Let's Talk About Tech' podcast.[25]

In 2012, Mann became a regular stand-in presenter on London talk station LBC 97.3, where he has interviewed comedians Rufus Hound[26] and Charlie Higson[27] and hosted the overnight slot for ten nights over the festive period.[28] In December 2013, he was announced as the new presenter of the overnight slot for 2014.[29]

Gadgets & technology[edit]

Mann is the gadgets correspondent for 'British Forces News' on BFBS[30] and reports on technology for Radio 2 daytime show Steve Wright in the Afternoon, including annual coverage of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.[31] He is also the gadget columnist for Reader's Digest[32] and has reported on gadgets and technology for outlets including This Morning,[33] Sky News,[34] CNET[35] and the Jeremy Vine show.[36]


As a paper reviewer, Mann regularly appears on BBC Breakfast,[37] Lorraine[38] and BBC News Channel.[39]

Before going front of camera, Mann worked as a TV producer on shows including The Culture Show (BBC2), and ITV's The London Programme and 'Confessions'.[40][41] He now writes for comedy shows including Celebrity Juice[42] and Keith's LemonAid.[43]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Faber & Faber "author, Olly Mann" 2010
  2. ^ The Richard Stone Partnership "Profile of Olly Mann" 2013
  3. ^ British Forces News site "Profile of Olly Mann" 2010
  4. ^ Answer Me This Website "Answer Me This! Official Site" 2013.
  5. ^ Comedy Blogedy "Interview with Helen and Olly from Answer Me This!" 2010
  6. ^ Ross' Random Blog "Interview with Answer Me This!" 2010
  7. ^ Find Your Dream Job "Top Tip To Being Successful: Try Something New" 2012
  8. ^ The Daily Telegraph "Helen and Olly - How We Cracked The iTunes Top 20" 12 January 2008
  9. ^ Jewish Chronicle "Olly Mann and Helen Zaltzman chat their way to podcast glory" 7 May 2009
  10. ^ Answer Me This! official site [1] 11 May 2010
  11. ^ British Comedy Guide "Frank Skinner and Jason Byrne win at Sony Awards 2011" 9 May 2011
  12. ^ The Guardian "Top 10 comedy podcasts" 27 July 2009
  13. ^ Metro "Answer Me This!" March 2008
  14. ^ Miranda Sawyer, The Observer "Rewind radio: Prime Minister's Questions; Prisoners' Women; The Alias Men; The 404; Nature; Answer Me This! – review" 4 December 2011
  15. ^ Comedy Blogedy "Interview with Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann from Answer Me This podcast" 19 July 2011
  16. ^ VisitBritain "News Releases: VisitBritain video is the big cheese" 27 July 2010
  17. ^ Persephone Magazine "Persephone Pioneers - Helen Zaltzman" 26 September 2012
  18. ^ Answer Me This! Official site "Answer Me This! Jubilee" 24 March 2012
  19. ^ BBC News website "Month by month internet highlights of 2009" 31 December 2009
  20. ^ Broadcast "BBC Radio 5 Live to Answer Me This" 27 November 2009
  21. ^ British Comedy Guide "Web 2010 with Helen and Olly - Episode Guide"
  22. ^ PBJ Management "New Radio 5 Live show with Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann" 9 August 2012
  23. ^ Robin Blamires Radio and Audio Site "The Listening List" 1 September 2012
  24. ^ Saturday Edition page on BBC.co.uk "Saturday Edition homepage"
  25. ^ Let's Talk About Tech page on BBC.co.uk "Let's Talk About Tech podcast"
  26. ^ LBC 97.3FM Audioboo Channel "What Are Your Tips For Writing Wedding Speeches?" July 2012
  27. ^ Olly Mann Soundcloud Channel "Olly Mann interviews Charlie Higson" September 2012
  28. ^ LBC 97.3FM website "LBC 97.3 Christmas Schedule" December 2012
  29. ^ LBC 97.3 website "New look schedule for 2014" December 2013
  30. ^ BFBS "Profile of Olly Mann" 2010
  31. ^ Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC iPlayer "Olly Mann reports from the Las Vegas consumer electronics show" 10 January 2013
  32. ^ Reader's Digest UK website "Olly Mann at The Gadget Show Live" 11 April 2012
  33. ^ YouTube "Olly Mann on This Morning" 22 July 2008
  34. ^ Sky News Editors' blog "Sky News Unplugged - A New Weekly Show" 12 May 2008
  35. ^ CNET UK "XperiaZ,4K and a fork, live from CES" 10 January 2013
  36. ^ Olly Mann Soundcloud channel "Olly Mann talks to Jeremy Vine" 2011
  37. ^ Internet Movie Database "Olly Mann"
  38. ^ Rex features "Olly Mann on Lorraine" 6 March 2013
  39. ^ Olly Mann official site "Olly Mann TV Showreel 2013" 2013
  40. ^ Mulcahy Agency "Author profile: Olly Mann" 2010
  41. ^ Pull Yourself Together Zine "Helen and Olly Answer Me This!" December 2010
  42. ^ British Comedy Guide "Celebrity Juice - series credits" 2012
  43. ^ British Comedy Guide "Keith's LemonAid - series credits" 2012