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 thirty 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, the documentary series Hampton Court Palace, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Maternity Hospital, 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 Chelsea Flower Show, the Hampton Court Flower Show and the popular afternoon series Collectors’ 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 is a recurring character in the comedy series I’m Alan Partridge, in which she is an unseen friend of Alan’s.