Alan Connor

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Alan Connor (born 1974) is a British writer, journalist and television presenter. First seen on Channel 4's youth entertainment programme The Word in 1995,[1] he later appeared on The Big Breakfast and BBC Radio Five Live and was a BBC News correspondent, appearing on BBC News 24 and The Daily Politics.[2]

His scriptwriting credits include the comedy-drama A Young Doctor's Notebook, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm,[3] the mockumentary Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back[4] and the BBC film The Rack Pack.[5]

Connor has worked as a writer for programmes including Charlie Brooker's Weekly Wipe, The Jonathan Ross Show and This Week and writes journalism for BBC News[6] and The Guardian.[7] He was the question editor for BBC Four's lateral thinking quiz Only Connect for series 9-12, having taken over from David J. Bodycombe at the start of series 9.[citation needed]


In 2013 Penguin published Two Girls, One on Each Knee: A History of Cryptic Crosswords.[8] In 2014 Gotham Books published The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief.[9] In 2016 Penguin Books published The Joy of Quiz.[10]


  1. ^ The Word,; accessed 11 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Tips For The Technically Terrified", BBC News, 5 July 2006.
  3. ^ "A Young Doctor's Notebook: from the operating table to the screen",, 4 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back",, 30 October 2016.
  5. ^ The Rack Pack,, 17 January 2016.
  6. ^ BBC News: Smashed Hits,; accessed 25 January 2017.
  7. ^ Profile, The Guardian; accessed 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ Connor, Alan. Two Girls, One on Each Knee: The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword. London: Penguin Books, 2016; ISBN 9781846148415
  9. ^ Connor, Alan. The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief. New York: Gotham Books, 2014; ISBN 9781592408580
  10. ^ Connor, Alan. The Joy of Quiz. London: Penguin Books (2016); ISBN 9781846148682

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