alistair cooke has died

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  1. andrew markworthy

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    Details here:

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040330/325/epu4e.html

    Probably best known in the USA for 'Alistair Cooke's America' and 'Masterpiece Theater' but in the UK best known for his weekly radio broadcasts 'Letter From America' about life in America which he did for almost 60 years.
     
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    RIP Mr Cooke.

    I listened to BBC World Service quite a lot as an undergrad, mostly from following football commentary and results on Saturday nights (pre-Sky days, there was hardly any live TV coverage), and each year in the month or so before exams I'd be cramming all night, with the BBC on. "Letter From America" was the one show where I'd stop studying and actually listen to from start to finish.
     
  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    While I’m quite familiar with him as the long-time host of Masterpiece Theater, like Yee Ming, I often heard him on the BBC World News when I lived in former parts of the Empire. [​IMG]

    My wife caught his last ‘Letter’ about a month or so ago—I think it was on an NPR broadcast, but it could have been on the BBC World News.
     
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    Mr. Cooke also hosted an early 50s show called "Omnibus".
     
  5. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    And a series during the bicentennial, titled, America. He also wrote a book based on that series.
     
  6. John Kilduff

    John Kilduff Screenwriter

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    Well, more proof that they come in threes...

    Jan Berry
    Peter Unistov
    Alistair Cooke

    You know, I remember reading that Cooke spoofed his hosting role on "Masterpiece Theater" by appearing at the end of a "Monsterpiece Theater" sketch on "Sesame Street". I wish my recall was better.

    Sincerely,

    John Kilduff...

    He will be missed...They all will be.
     

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