Ida COOK (1904-1986)

Ida Cook
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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Ida Cook, novelist and campaigner for Jewish refugees, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.


Ida wrote romance novels under the name Mary Burchell. During the 1930s Ida and her sister, Louise, helped 29 Jewish people escape from Nazi-occupied Austria, funded mainly by Ida’s writing.


“perfectly wonderful evening....still happily dazzled”

Photographs of Ida Cook This Is Your Life (click images to enlarge)

programme details...

  • Edition No: 11
  • Subject No: 11
  • Broadcast live: Sun 11 Mar 1956
  • Broadcast time: 7.45-8.15pm
  • Venue: BBC Television Theatre
  • Series: 1
  • Edition: 11

on the guest list...

  • Walter Stiefel
  • Louise Cook - sister
  • Jean Cleghorn
  • Mrs Florence Legge
  • Frau Viorica Krauss-Ursuleae
  • Miss Alice Foskett
  • Stanley Black
  • John Slade
  • Frau Jack

production team...

  • Researchers: Peter Moore, Nigel Ward
  • Writer: Gale Pedrick
  • Producer: T Leslie Jackson

with special thanks to Anne Sebba and Doreen Montgomery for their contribution to this page

Series 1 subjects: Eamonn Andrews > Yvonne Bailey > Ted Ray > James Butterworth > Charles Burgess Fry > Johanna Harris > Donald Campbell > Joe Brannelly > Stanley Matthews > Henry Starling > Ida Cook > Lupino Lane > Hugh Oloff de Wet > Beth Wilde > Robert Stanford Tuck