A mild-mannered data administrator by day, a quiz host by night! I live in Reading, England.
Recently I’ve been a researcher and question writer for several television quiz shows, and some pilot quizzes, including Only Connect, Two Tribes, Beat The Brain and !mpossible. I co-created and hosted my own quiz show ‘Accumulate!’ whilst studying at Reading University. I’ve been on a fair few quiz shows in my time too, I love the competition.
I love writing and setting puzzles, which you can see on my Puzzles page. I set up the London branch of Puzzled Pint, a monthly gathering of people to solve puzzles in a pub! Think of it as essentially a pub quiz, but with puzzles rather than questions. Over 2000 people a month regularly now attend around the world, and I helped bring in some of those numbers! Woohoo!
Before the telly work I was a meteorology student for two (count ’em!) degrees from 2004-2012, focussing on the transport of air pollution in coastal regions for my riveting 200 page thesis. Technically that makes me Doctor Daniel Peake, but you may call me Sir, Lord, or Your Majesty. I’m happy with any of those. As part of my undergraduate degree, I lived in in Oklahoma for a year to study weather at the National Weather Center there, and I hold that part of the world (and its weather) close to my heart. I did go storm chasing a fair few times and ended up seeing four of them in one day.
Those seem to be the two major themes in my life – science/data, and quizzes/puzzles. At this moment I can’t say for sure which avenue I should keep following for my career, but time will point the way. I would love to be a Questions AP (Assistant Producer) for TV shows, but I remain unconvinced by the short-term nature of the contracts, and data administration and analysis jobs seem to be more stable. As I say, time will tell.
In my spare time I enjoy running middle-distances, typically 5 to 10k, and I’m a big cryptic crossword fan (see my 2500 Clue Challenge from 2013!).