What are you looking for?

A Young Doctor's NotebookCrosswords: My book about crosswords is called Two Girls, One On Each Knee (7): The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword in the UK (Penguin) and The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief in America (Gotham).

A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Here’s a Guardian piece on how we adapted Mikhail Bulgakov’s stories for a comedy-drama with Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm, now available on DVD.

Other telly: I’ve been a presenter on The Word, The Big Breakfast and The Daily Politics. I co-wrote Respectable and The Pooters and have worked on the Charlie Brooker Wipe series, The Jonathan Ross Show and This Week. [other TV] [other journalism]

Alan ConnorSome music writing for the BBC: Why Nick Drake is not the patron saint of the miserable; Torture chamber music; Secrets of writing a ‘wallpaper’ hit; Britain’s favourite funeral music; What is a ‘guilty pleasure’?; The Unswinging Sixties.

And some Smashed Hits features about individual songs: Ace of Spades; Forever Young; Louie Louie; God Only Knows; Aquarela do Brasil; Another Star; Like A Rolling Stone; Shipbuilding; What A Wonderful World; London Calling; Bohmeian Rhapsody; 4’33; My Sharona; Everybody Hurts; Killing in the Name; Down Under; Hallelujah; Two Little Boys; Fairytale of New York; Anarchy in the UK; Flowers in the Rain; (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais; A Whiter Shade of Pale; Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West).

Here are the slides of the talks I gave to the Entertainment Masterclass: Who’s Pitching To Whom And Why (…And Also How)? – The Future For Pitching Comedy In The UK: Brighter, Faster, More Confusing and/or “Not That I’m Saying It’s Traditional” – The Stigma Against The ‘Traditional’ In British Sitcoms.

I like cribbage and asparagus. And for the avoidance of doubt, I am not Alan Connor the songwriter (though I do enjoy playing the autoharp and Appalachian dulcimer) or Alan Connor the troll or Alan Connor the man who concealed counterfeit notes in his underpants. Hello.

4 Responses to What are you looking for?

  1. Andrew Roberts says:

    in answer to your query re: “Smaller dog than Patch” (comments are closed), if I say the first letter is s, does that help – it’s four letters.

  2. admin says:

    Ah, very good. SPOT. Very very good.

  3. Liz Boyd says:

    Sorry for the poor placement of this request. I could not figure out how to contact you otherwise. We are holding The Third Annual Minnesota Crossword Tournament this month. One of our donors contacted me about your book. Apparently he indexed it. At any rate, we would LOVE to give your book as prizes. I realize it is not published until July BUT we can feature it on our website and have materials at the event. Here is the link to our website:


    Thanks for your consideration. Warm regards. Liz Boyd.

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