Mitchell Symons was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the boardgame Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. He is also the author of more than thirty books, and currently writes a weekly column for the Sunday Express. Why Eating Bogeys is Good for You won the Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award in 2010 and he repeated this success with Do Igloos Have Loos? in 2011.