Re-airing February 6, 2011 on PBS Check local listings
Alistair Cooke filmed his early travels across the United States with an 8mm camera. The footage, discovered only after his death, offers a record of the unseen life behind Cooke's polished words, against a backdrop of an America sparkling with possibilities. The Unseen Alistair Cooke: A Masterpiece Special chronicles Cooke's decades in America, friendships with Hollywood icons, celebrated journalism career and years as host of Masterpiece Theatre. Marking the November 2008 centennial of his birth, The Unseen Alistair Cooke: A Masterpiece Special turns an admiring eye on the master observer.
Alistair in America
Follow Cooke's extraordinary years in America through audio commentaries from daughter Susan Cooke Kittredge and his own letters.
Celebrating Alistair Cooke on Masterpiece
Relive Cooke's first and last appearances on Masterpiece Theatre in this rare archival footage.