Tom O'Connor



A Question of Entertainment



It's a Knockout (guest host)

I've Got a Secret

Mesmerized (non-broadcast pilot)

Name That Tune


That's News to Me

The Zodiac Game


Former maths teacher from Bootle, Merseyside, whose first break into television came through Opportunity Knocks which was then cemented by a regular slot on ITV's The Comedians. He went on to host his own ITV show and a whole raft of gameshows, most memorably Crosswits. He was known for getting laughs by the way he told longer stories, and had a joke for every occasion.

He had Parkinson's Disease for the last 14 years of his life. He died on 18 July 2021, aged 81.


As an actor, he had a recurring role as Father Tom in the BBC's daytime soap Doctors.

Books / Tapes

From the Wood to the Tees

Eat Like a Horse, Drink Like a Fish

Follow Me, I'm Right Behind You

Take a Funny Turn: an Autobiography

Tom O'Connor's World's Worst Jokes

Web links

Internet Movie Database entry

See also

A full obituary from Weaver's Week.


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