In the first series the comedian explores the phenomenon of 'toilet books', including works by Dan Brown and rapper Asher D. Other themes uncovered are the state of British television, giving to charity, political correctness, the global financial crisis, the art of making people laugh, and the difficulties associated with making jokes about religion. The first episode aired on BBC Two in March 2009.
The comedian returned with another run of six episodes in May 2011 on BBC Two, but the show was relegated from the pre- to the post-Newsnight slot. The opening episode returned to the subject of charity, but Lee soon gets sidetracked into talking about crisps and his grandfather. Other themes in the series focus on the plight of people from London when they move to the countryside, how much money millionaires should give to charity, stand-up comedy, the origins of national identities, and the subject of democracy. The series features guest appearances by writer and comedian Armando Iannucci and Alan Moore, author of graphic novels including Watchmen and V for Vendetta.