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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, 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.
His scriptwriting credits include the comedy-drama A Young Doctor's Notebook, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, the mockumentary Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back and the BBC film The Rack Pack.
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 and The Guardian. 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.
In 2013 Penguin published Two Girls, One on Each Knee: A History of Cryptic Crosswords. In 2014 Gotham Books published The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief. In 2016 Penguin Books published The Joy of Quiz.
- The Word, imdb.com; accessed 11 January 2017.
- "Tips For The Technically Terrified", BBC News, 5 July 2006.
- "A Young Doctor's Notebook: from the operating table to the screen", theguardian.com, 4 December 2012.
- "Nigel Farage Gets His Life Back", bbc.co.uk, 30 October 2016.
- The Rack Pack, bbc.co.uk, 17 January 2016.
- BBC News: Smashed Hits, bbc.co.uk; accessed 25 January 2017.
- Profile, The Guardian; accessed 25 January 2017.
- Connor, Alan. Two Girls, One on Each Knee: The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword. London: Penguin Books, 2016; ISBN 9781846148415
- Connor, Alan. The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief. New York: Gotham Books, 2014; ISBN 9781592408580
- Connor, Alan. The Joy of Quiz. London: Penguin Books (2016); ISBN 9781846148682
- "Alan Connor official website".
- "Biography at DAA Management". Debi Allen Associates.
- "Author page at David Higham Associates". David Higham Associates. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014.
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