British author, and host of Masterpiece Theatre on Public Television from 1972 until 1992. He also wrote Alistair Cooke's America.
As a young man, he was the editor of Granta and set up The Mummers, Cambridge's first mixed sex theatre group.
While his father was a minister, his son became a folk singer, so he felt like he was somewhere in the middle, having been on radio and TV giving his opinions.
Married Ruth Emerson on August 24th 1934, after graduating Harvard University.
He misjudged James Mason early on and told him to stay out of the arts.
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