Alan Connor

Alan Connor is a writer, journalist, television producer and sometime presenter, actor and academic. He writes regularly for Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe among other programmes, and has written or co-written several TV dramas including A Young Doctor’s Notebook starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe.

Alan writes for the Guardian on crosswords, and cruciverbalism was at the heart of his first book, Two Girls, One on Each Knee, a celebration of the puzzle for its 2013 centenary, published by Particular Books (Penguin UK) and as The Crossword Century by Gotham (Penguin US).

Alan has also worked as Question Editor for the popular BBC Two quiz programme Only Connect, and for a while wrote a weekly Culture Quiz for the Mail on Sunday. His second book, The Joy of Quiz, is about our love affair with general knowledge and was also published by Penguin.

More recently Alan has collaborated with Richard Osman on a book to tie in with Richard Osman’s House of Games, published by BBC Books in autumn 2019. His latest project is The Shipping Forecast Quiz Book, published by BBC Books in 2020.