Christopher Lee BFBS Sitrep

Our Defence Analyst Christopher Lee was the first Quatercentary Fellow in Contemporary History at Emmanuel College Cambridge, where he looked at the British Defence and Foreign Policy decision processes since WWII. At the same time he became the editor of Winston S Churchill’s A History of the English-speaking Peoples and edited the first abridged edition. He is now researching the History of Ideas in the Department of History, Classics & Archaeology at Birkbeck, London University as well as being a visiting lecturer at American universities on defence and strategic studies.

A main contributor to BFBS' flagship defence analysis programme Sitrep, Christopher, has written more than 20 books including his award winning Nelson & Napoleon, is also the triple award winning historian and writer of BBC Radio 4’s 265-part history of Britain, This Sceptred Isle.

He was the BBC's Defence & Foreign Affairs Correspondent and pulled together the coverage of the 1982 Falklands War. After the Falklands, Christopher (by then a Commander RNR) was tasked by the Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Admiral Sir William Staveley, to design and set up a specialist Public Affairs Branch for the RN.

In the 1991 Iraq War he was the analyst tasked by BBC Radio with balancing presentation with the facts that were known and making sure nothing that was broadcast live would have helped the enemy or its sympathisers. Christopher then became the BBC's first Arms Control Correspondent and later served as a correspondent in Moscow, Washington and the Middle East.

On return to the UK, Christopher presented the BBC2 regional television political programme, The East at Westminster, for three years.

He is also the writer of more than 120 plays including the parody BBC series Our Brave Boys for Martin Jarvis, Fiona Shaw and Peter Capaldi about life in the MOD. In 2009, his play A Pattern in Shrouds about the assassination of fourteen paras at Warren Point and Lord Mountbatten in County Sligo on the same day won much acclaim.

Christopher is a well known history consultant in the theatre and was the historical adviser at the National Theatre for George Bernard Shaw's, St Joan; this followed his own platform appearances at the NT as a prelude to Alan Bennett's The History Boys.

Christopher is the official biographer of the former Foreign and Defence Secretary, Lord Carrington as well as the Carrington Archivist for Churchill College, Cambridge. He is the defence analyst for the Limehouse Group and a member of RUSI.