Dougie Anderson

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Dougie Anderson
Born Douglas Anderson
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Broadcaster and voice-over artist
Known for Television and radio presenting
"Fighting Talk" BBC Radio 5
"Belle & Sebastian Write About Love" (2010)
Director, "Timber!" (2010) Supporting Hearts Of Midlothian football club

Dougie Anderson (born Edinburgh c.1976, as Douglas Anderson) is a Scottish radio and television presenter[1] and voice-over artist.[2][3]

In 2003 Scotland on Sunday ranked him Scotland's 26th "Most Eligible Man".


Anderson is notable for his regular guest appearances on BBC Radio Five Live's Fighting Talk, where he has affectionately been nicknamed "Dougie Three Hundred and Sixty Five Answers Anderson" by the show's former host Colin Murray, due to his habit of having multiple answers to every question. It started off as two answers originally, then, by the 2007/8 series this had expanded to "Three Answers" which again led to "Four Answers", then "Five Answers", and finalised with his "Three Hundred and Sixty Five Answers" status. He has acquired something of a cult following through the show's various fan sites. After co-presenting Crufts with Clare Balding he is now always 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 2010 Anderson worked with Belle & Sebastian on the promotional film "Belle & Sebastian Write About Love",[10] 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".[11] 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.[12]

Anderson has written, directed and starred in various short films. In 2009 he made The Skills of Conversation – The Heartburn Pause. The film is a comedic self-help guide to enable people to become better conversationalists in an increasingly technology obsessed world by pretending they have heartburn halfway through a sentence and how this can be used to ones advantage. Other techniques devised by Anderson for the series of films include a Left Handed Cross Torso Chat Swoop, a 45 Degree Head Cock and the Anecdote Joy Pull Back Switch in to Full Body Question Launch.

In 2011 Anderson completed an international distribution deal for his latest short film Timber! which will be shown in the USA and Europe. The film is a comedic look at loneliness, and in particular one man's quest to find and understand love. Written and directed by Anderson, the film also stars Miles Jupp and Emily Bevan.[13][14]

Other work[edit]

Anderson is also a notable voice over artist and, as of January 2011, his distinctive voice could be heard on the Carrs Table Water Crackers radio commercial – "it's not lunch, unless there's a crunch"

In 2011 Douglas presented Scoreboard, the first ever football show to be broadcast on Facebook. 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 with Douglas chairing the informative and humorous debates.[15]

Anderson runs club events in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. He is currently resident DJ at Dirty Little Secret[16] at Madame Jojo's in Soho and has also appeared on numerous occasions at Scared To Dance[17] in London. He can be heard singing and playing bass on the track "Columbo and Coffee" written by Milo McLaughlin and himself.

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.[18]


  1. ^ "Artist Management". Vivienne Clore. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Rabbit Vocal Management – Artist – Dougie Anderson". Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  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'Conn, ell : 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". Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "dfs Crufts". Channel 4. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "B&S TV / Write About Love". Belle and Sebastian. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Johnny Dee (11 September 2010). "Internet picks of the week | Technology". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Dougie Anderson mounts stout defence of Belle and Sebastian, Alex Harvey, John Gordon Sinclair and more". Word Magazine. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Welcome to Shorts International". Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Film". Mr Douglas Anderson. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Scoreboard". Facebook. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Dirty Little Secret at Madame JoJos – Cabaret – Time Out London". 5 November 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Scared To Dance DJs". Scared To Dance. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Articles". Mr Douglas Anderson. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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