Dougie Anderson

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Dougie Anderson
Douglas James Anderson

(1976-05-27) 27 May 1976 (age 43)
Edinburgh, Scotland
OccupationBroadcaster and voice-over artist
Years active1999–present
Known forTelevision and radio presenting

Douglas James "Dougie" Anderson (born 27 May 1976 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish radio and television presenter[1] and voice-over artist.[2][3]


Anderson is notable for his regular guest appearances on BBC Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk. After co-presenting Crufts with Clare Balding he is introduced as "The Husky Voiced Scotsman".[4] In 2008 he contributed to the book to accompany the series.[5]

Stand up[edit]

2011 saw Anderson launch on to the standup comedy scene, alongside old co-host and radio DJ Iain Lee. The regular night in Camden, London called Clip Joint, part standup part review show, featured a heady mix of archive television shows, audience participation, special guests and Lipton's Ice Tea. Special guests have included Josie Long, Miles Jupp and writer of The Inbetweeners, Iain Morris.


Anderson began his television career as a music reporter for UK Play's The Phone Zone. His early work included RI:SE on Channel 4, That Was So Last Week on Five, the BBC's coverage of Glastonbury Festival and T in the Park[6] the BBC Three programme Stars in Fast Cars, Air on Radio Scotland, and was one of the presenters on the Channel 4 game show Boys and Girls for Chris Evans's production company.

In 2007 he presented the Grovesnor UK Poker Tour[7] and in 2008 Anderson presented the Red Bull Air Race World Series alongside Konnie Huq for Channel 4. The show was nominated in the Best Sports Programme category at the 2009 Broadcast Television Awards but lost out to the BBC's 2008 Grand National coverage. Later that year Anderson presented the Scottish BAFTA awards ceremony with Lorraine Kelly.

In 2009, Anderson went on tour with the England cricket team as part of a series of films entitled The Nightwatchman for Vodafone to commemorate the 2009 Ashes.[8] Anderson was investigative reporter at the 2010 and 2011 DFS Crufts Dog Show for More 4, from the NEC in Birmingham, alongside the BBC sports presenter Claire Balding.[9] Anderson's coverage of these events was presented from the point of view of a beginner who was keen to learn more about the events.


In 2015 his film The London Nobody Knows Now played to sell out audiences at the BFI London On Film Festival and was also inducted into the BFI Archive. In Anderson’s film, he critiques the original 1967 James Mason fronted The London Nobody knows while also re-visiting its locations and examining how they have changed over the years.[10]

In 2010 Anderson worked with Belle & Sebastian on the promotional film "Belle & Sebastian Write About Love",[11] launched to coincide with the release of the album of the same name. Playing the dual roles of host and the group's stressed but pragmatic manager, the film also features the band performing songs from the album. The Guardian selected the show as a Pick of the Week, calling it "brilliantly filmed, edited and slightly oddball".[12] Anderson reprised his role by introducing the band onstage for their headline slot at the All Tomorrows Parties Festival in December 2010 in Minehead. Anderson has talked about working with the band as well as his passion for music.[13]

Anderson has written, directed and starred in various short films. In 2009 he made The Skills of Conversation – The Heartburn Pause.

In 2011 Anderson completed an international distribution deal for his latest short film Timber! which will be shown in the USA and Europe. Written and directed by Anderson, the film also stars Miles Jupp and Emily Bevan.[14][15]


His first book was the novella-length What To Talk About When There’s Nothing To Talk About, designed to help those who struggle to have anything to talk about at social events, such as dinner parties, where conversation is imperative.

His second book, Left Of The Mainstream, published in 2016, has been critically acclaimed. The book is part memoir and part guide to DIY creativity. It has been described as inspirational, brilliantly written and extremely funny. With vignettes of his career thus far, ranging from the highs of multi-faceted creativity and genuine A-list celebrity shoulder-rubbing, to the lows of severe allergic reactions to bus travel and wholly unexpected near death experiences. Never one to take the road well-travelled when there are more interesting back alleys to be explored, Anderson takes us on a cultural safari.[16]


Anderson has made two series and a number of specials of his music podcast, The Public Service Broadcast. They see him playing the best in new music, older and often little known classics, film and television soundtracks.

Other work[edit]

In 2011 Douglas presented Scoreboard, the first ever football show to be broadcast on Facebook.[citation needed] The show made by Screenpop, a subsidiary of Fremantle Media featured predictions by pundits Scott Minto and Jason Cundy and the online Facebook audience on the forthcoming weekend Premier League matches.[17]

Anderson runs club events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. He is currently resident DJ at Dirty Little Secret[18] at Madame Jojo's in Soho and has also appeared on numerous occasions at Scared To Dance[19] in London.

Anderson has written for The Scotsman, The Herald and BBC Online. He has written articles on various cultural figures including Serge Gainsbourg, The Beta Band, Harvey Pekar, Bob Monkhouse and Bob Lind.[20]


  1. ^ "Artist Management". Vivienne Clore. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Rabbit Vocal Management – Artist – Dougie Anderson". Retrieved 16 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Dougie Anderson on the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  5. ^ Lee, Stewart. "Fighting Talk: Flimsy Facts, Sweeping Statements and Inspired Sporting Hunches: Johnny Vaughan, Colin Murray, Foreword by Johnny Vaughn, Christian O'Connell : Books". Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  6. ^ BBC – Presenter: Dougie Anderson @ T in the Park 2007 Archived 26 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (2007– )". Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Vodafone – Mobile Phones, Mobile Internet, Broadband and Email". Archived from the original on 18 July 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  9. ^ "dfs Crufts". Channel 4. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Going back to The London Nobody Knows". British Film Institute. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  11. ^ "B&S TV / Write About Love". Belle and Sebastian. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  12. ^ Johnny Dee (11 September 2010). "Internet picks of the week | Technology". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Dougie Anderson mounts stout defence of Belle and Sebastian, Alex Harvey, John Gordon Sinclair and more". Word Magazine. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Welcome to Shorts International". Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Film". Mr Douglas Anderson. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Douglas Anderson". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Scoreboard". Facebook. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  18. ^ "Dirty Little Secret at Madame JoJos – Cabaret – Time Out London". 5 November 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  19. ^ "Scared To Dance DJs". Scared To Dance. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
  20. ^ "Articles". Mr Douglas Anderson. 21 June 2010. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.

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