Tom Brook

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Tom Brook
Tom Brook in 2013
Born (1953-06-16) 16 June 1953 (age 70)
London, United Kingdom
Alma mater Cambridge University
OccupationNews reporter
Years active1976 – present

Tom Brook (born 16 June 1953) is a New York-based journalist working primarily for BBC News. He is mainly seen on BBC World News, and also the BBC News Channel. [1] He is the main presenter of its flagship cinema programme Talking Movies , and has presented every episode since it was first broadcast in February 1999. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. [2]


Early life

Brook was born in Ladbroke Grove in London, but went to primary school in Hertfordshire. He completed his secondary education at William Ellis School in north London before going on to Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in economics in 1975. Brook's parents were Caspar Brook, the first director of the Consumers’ Association in Britain, and Dinah, a former education correspondent of The Observer .

Broadcasting career

Brook joined the BBC in April 1976 as a news trainee and, after working attachments in Belfast, Birmingham, and Manchester, he was appointed as a producer on Radio 4's Today programme in 1978. In January 1980, he was posted to the BBC's office in New York as a news and current affairs producer. On the night of 8 December 1980, he was the first British journalist to report live from outside the home of John Lennon in the Dakota Apartment building on New York's Upper West Side, following the murder of the former the former Beatle. [3]

Since 1985, he has reported on the US film industry for the BBC. From 1985 to 1998, Brook was BBC One's US correspondent for the top-rated Film series presented by Barry Norman. [4] In 1999, he began presenting and producing the cinema news programme Talking Movies for the BBC, which, as of 2020 has surpassed 500 episodes. He has an international following among movie fans and key figures in the global film industry.

The programme covers cinema news from around the world, as well as delivering reviews of the latest films and exclusive interviews with top Hollywood and international talent. The longevity of the series has also allowed Brook to report from some of the world's top film festivals, including Cannes, [5] Sundance, [6] Toronto [7] and London. [8]

In 2019 [9] the programme marked a significant milestone with its twentieth anniversary on the air. Special anniversary editions of the show were recorded in front of a live audience in New York and Mumbai in which Sir Kenneth Branagh [10] and Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan [11] were guests of honour.

He has also covered the Academy Awards for BBC News every year since 1985, frequently reporting live from the red carpet. [12]

Brook has interviewed some of the most celebrated names in international cinema including such Twentieth Century greats as James Cagney [13] and Bette Davis. [14] He has also interviewed some of America's most influential personalities from CBS veteran anchorman Walter Cronkite on his last day of presenting at the network as well as former President's Carter and Ford. More recently, some of the big names he has interviewed include Adam Driver, [15] Cynthia Erivo, [16] Dev Patel, [17] Renee Zellweger [18] and Barry Jenkins, [19]

Over the years, Brook has also contributed to numerous additional BBC programmes and outlets, including Breakfast , Correspondent, Front Row , The Late Show , The Six O'Clock News , BBC America, BBC News Channel, Hard Talk Extra , and Today on BBC Radio 4.

He has been a frequent online contributor. In 2013 he started writing The Reel World column for BBC Culture on new developments on the big screen. [20]

Personal life

Tom Brook holds both UK and US passports. He has lived in New York for more than four decades. His home is on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. He is married to Samuel Wahl MD, chair, Department of Pathology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York who has been his partner since January 1990.[ citation needed ]

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