Nigel Rees (born 5 June 1944 near Liverpool) is an English writer and broadcaster, best known for devising and hosting the long-running Radio 4 panel game Quote... Unquote (since 1976) and as the author of more than fifty books – mostly language reference and the humour that derives from it.
Rees went to the Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby, and then took a degree in English at New College, Oxford, where he was a Trevelyan Scholar and took a leading role in the Oxford University Broadcasting Society.
Rees is a recent past President of the Lichfield Johnson Society and was described in The Spectator as "Britain's most popular lexicographer – the lineal successor to Eric Partridge and, like him, he makes etymology fun."
After leaving university Rees went straight into television with Granada in Manchester and made his first TV appearances on local programmes in 1967 before moving to London as a freelance. He worked for ITN’s News at Ten as a reporter before becoming involved in a wide range of programmes for BBC Radio as reporter and producer...
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