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|Born||Susan Lorraine Thomas
30 March 1949
Ruislip, Middlesex, England, UK
Cook's father, William Thomas, worked for the Commission on Industrial Relations (later ACAS). She has two younger brothers and lived on Burnham Avenue in Ickenham. She attended Glebe Primary School, then passed her eleven plus exam, enabling her to attend the newly opened Vyners Grammar School, also in Ickenham on Warren Road. She gained ten O-levels and three A-levels, and went on to University of Leicester to gain an honours degree in psychology.
Cook's broadcasting career began as a producer, presenter, and DJ for London's Capital Radio before moving to the BBC where, over the next twenty years, she presented programmes for both radio and television—notably, You and Yours, Making History, Nationwide, Breakfast Time, We're Going Places, Children in Need, Out of Court and Crimewatch. Other BBC TV presenting credits include Pebble Mill At One, Daytime Live, Omnibus at the Proms, Having a Baby, Out of This World and the Children's Royal Variety Performance. She was a regular guest on Call My Bluff, and a member of Holiday's team of reporters. For Channel 4 she hosted the popular afternoon show Collector's Lot. She also appeared briefly as herself in the BBC television drama serial Edge of Darkness (1985) and in The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986).
Cook and Alan Partridge
Cook was famously often referred to in the first series of I'm Alan Partridge, although she personally did not take part in the show. In "To Kill a Mocking Alan", the fifth episode of the first series, Cook pulls out at the last minute from a planned guest appearance on Partridge's live show, An Afternoon with Alan Partridge,seriously rattling Partridge's nerves and causing two of his audience to walk out before the show begins. She is also extensively referred to in Partridge's second autobiography (the first to be actually published), I Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan.
An honours graduate in psychology from the University of Leicester, the university conferred on Cook an honorary D.Litt degree in 1997 in recognition of her contribution to British broadcasting.
Cook's first two novels, On Dangerous Ground (2006) and Force of Nature (2009), are published by Hodder Headline. She devised and presents a supportive series for writers, The Write Lines, for BBC Oxford. She is currently writing her third novel.
Cook is executive producer for Tracker starring Ray Winstone and released in the UK in April 2011. She also script edited the film. She is adapting her first novel, On Dangerous Ground, for the screen.
Cook lives in Oxfordshire with her third husband, the film director Ian Sharp, whom she married in 2004. She has two children, Charlie Williams, son to former husband John Williams (the classical guitarist), and Megan Macqueen, daughter to children's television and GMTV producer Billy Macqueen, with whom Cook lived for fifteen years. Her first marriage was in 1971, to the musician Brian Cook, whom she met at Leicester University.
- Johnston, Jenny (2011) ""Since leaving Crimewatch, Sue Cook has written books and produced films but she says nothing can beat the buzz of live television", Daily Mail, 29 April 2011, retrieved 2011-07-06
|Co-host of Crimewatch
with Nick Ross