Alistair Cooke - A Celebration

Ian Richardson reads five extraxts from Nick Clarke's biography of the celebrated veteran commentator on American life

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0120140331 (BBC7)Childhood and schooldays in Salford and Blackpool. Ian Richardson reads from Nick Clarke's biography.

Letter from America - Alistair Cooke's weekly talks on American life, history and politics - ran on BBC Radio from 1946 until shortly before his death in 2004 at the age of 95.

His 15-minute reflections touched on everything from assassinations to terrorist attacks. One of Alistair's most memorable accounts came when he happened to be in the Los Angeles hotel where Bobby Kennedy was shot in 1968.

Speaking in his final broadcast, Alistair concluded: "Throughout 58 years I have had much enjoyment in doing these talks and hope that some of it has passed over to the listeners".

Cooke's biographer Nick Clarke - former presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World at One - sadly died in 2006.

Produced by Pat McLoughlin. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1998.

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0220140401 (BBC7)Cooke begins his broadcasting career at the BBC. Ian Richardson reads from Nick Clarke's biography.

Letter from America - Alistair Cooke's weekly talks on American life, history and politics - ran on BBC Radio from 1946 until shortly before his death in 2004 at the age of 95.

His 15-minute reflections touched on everything from assassinations to terrorist attacks. One of Alistair's most memorable accounts came when he happened to be in the Los Angeles hotel where Bobby Kennedy was shot in 1968.

Speaking in his final broadcast, Alistair concluded: "Throughout 58 years I have had much enjoyment in doing these talks and hope that some of it has passed over to the listeners".

Cooke's biographer Nick Clarke - former presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World at One - sadly died in 2006.

Produced by Pat McLoughlin. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1998.

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03 LAST20140402 (BBC7)In America the seed of Alistair Cooke's most famous series is sewn. Ian Richardson reads from Nick Clarke's biography.

Letter from America - Alistair Cooke's weekly talks on American life, history and politics - ran on BBC Radio from 1946 until shortly before his death in 2004 at the age of 95.

His 15-minute reflections touched on everything from assassinations to terrorist attacks. One of Alistair's most memorable accounts came when he happened to be in the Los Angeles hotel where Bobby Kennedy was shot in 1968.

Speaking in his final broadcast, Alistair concluded: "Throughout 58 years I have had much enjoyment in doing these talks and hope that some of it has passed over to the listeners".

Cooke's biographer Nick Clarke - former presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World at One - sadly died in 2006.

Produced by Pat McLoughlin. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 1998.

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SAlistair Cooke - A Life19981120All this week, Radio 4 celebrates the 90th birthday and the distinguished career of one of its best-loved broadcasters.

Today, Ian Richardson reads the last of three extracts of Nick Clarke's biography `Alistair Cooke - a Life'.

S0119981116All this week, Radio 4 celebrates the 90th birthday and the distinguished career of one of its best-loved broadcasters.
S0219981117All this week, Radio 4 celebrates the 90th birthday and the distinguished career of one of its best-loved broadcasters. Part 2.
S03Alistair Cooke - A Life19981118All this week, Radio 4 celebrates the 90th birthday and the distinguished career of one of its best-loved broadcasters.

Today, Ian Richardson reads the first of three extracts of Nick Clarke's biography `Alistair Cooke - a Life'.