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Simon Hall (born 3 February 1969 in Bedford) is the BBC's Crime Correspondent in the South West of England. He is also the author of the Dan Groves and Adam Breen detective novels, in which a TV reporter and a detective work together to solve a series of extraordinary crimes.[1]

Simon works for BBC South West Television's regional news programme, Spotlight, but also broadcasts on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall.

Biography

Simon was born in the village of Oakley, in Bedfordshire, before his parents moved to Lincoln, and then Littlehampton in West Sussex. Simon was educated at the Littlehampton Community School, then at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

At college, Simon joined the university radio station, UKC Radio. He went to University College, Cardiff to do a diploma in broadcast journalism, then joined the BBC as a trainee. He worked around England, and also for ITV, before settling in the South West.

Simon is married, to Jess, who runs the University of Exeter's Special Collection, a department of the library. They live in Exeter.

Simon has now branched into writing novels. His books are about a television crime reporter who becomes so involved in the cases he covers that he ends up helping the police to solve them, often by using the reach and influence of TV. The books have become known as thetvdetective series.

The first novel, A Popular Murder, was published by a print on demand company in 2006. It created sufficient interest to attract a mainstream publisher, Accent Press. The follow up book, The Death Pictures, was published by Accent in February, 2008. His latest book, Evil Valley, came out in September 2008. The new novel in thetvdetective series, The Judgement Book, was published in Sept, 2009.

The books are all set in Devon, with the detectives and the TV reporter, Dan Groves, working from Plymouth, but often venturing into the surrounding area, particularly Dartmoor, where much of Evil Valley is set.

Simon has been longlisted for the prestigious Crime Writers Association Dagger in the Library award, for writers most popular with library users. An American edition of Death Pictures was published in October, 2008, and a version of Evil Valley is due in 2009. He also gives regular talks at literary festivals.

Two new books are due out in 2010, including the story of how Dan Groves, the reporter, and Adam Breen, the Chief Inspector in the tvdetective series first met. It will partly be based on A Popular Murder'.

Simon Hall is familiar to television viewers in the south west of England, where he's covered some of the biggest stories the region has seen. They include the attempt to detonate a bomb in the Giraffe restaurant in Exeter, the grounding of the container ship The Napoli in east Devon and the flooding of the Cornish village of Boscastle.

Simon lists food and drink, exercise and walking as his hobbies. After a long quest, he is credited with discovering the secret memorial to the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, on Dartmoor. He also carries out community work, holding regular fundraising and awareness events for charities such as Oxfam and The Samaritans, and works at Exeter University and local schools, giving careers talks and advice to students.

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