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Alistair Cooke

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Alistair Cooke KBE (20 November 1908 – 30 March 2004) was a British journalist, television personality and broadcaster. Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and Alistair Cooke's America, he was well known in the United States as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992. After holding the job for 22 years, and having worked in television for 42 years, Cooke retired in 1992, although he continued to present Letter from America until shortly before his death. He was the father of author and folk singer John Byrne Cooke.

Fact file

  • Born: Alfred Cooke 20 November 1908 Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Died: 30 March 2004 (aged 95) New York City, United States
  • Nationality: British-American
  • Alma mater: Jesus College, Cambridge, Yale University, Harvard University
  • Occupation: Journalist and broadcaster
  • Notable credit(s): Letter from America Alistair Cooke's America
  • Spouse(s): Ruth Emerson (1934–1944) Jane White Hawkes (1946–2004)
  • Children: John Byrne Cooke (by Ruth Emerson), Susan Byrne Cooke (by Jane White Hawkes)

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VIDEO: Alistair Cooke's lost recordings found
BBC Entertainment, 2014-03-30 11:42:26
Lost editions of Alistair Cooke's long-running Radio Four programme, "Letter from America" have been unearthed in a farm shed in Warwickshire ten years after his death.

AUDIO: Man's archives in attic help BBC
BBC Entertainment, 2012-11-19 15:21:08
A man from Newquay is helping to fill some of the gaps in the BBC archive with his recordings of more than 800 episodes of Alistair Cooke's Letter From America.

Many episodes of Alistair Cooke's 'Letter From America' go online
LA Times Entertainme, 2012-11-07 12:00:00
He introduced America to 'Masterpiece Theatre' and Britain to America with his 'Letter From America' series for more than 50 years before his death in 2004. More than 900 episodes of 'Letter' out of nearly 2,900 are being made available online by the BBC.LONDON — To Americans, he was the ...

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