British director Alan Cooke specialized in made-for-television movies and has made many on both sides of the Atlantic. He started out as a theater director following WWII. He entered television work during the 1950s and directed his first television movie, The Ship That Couldn't Stop (1961). He also directed episodes of such series as The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Out of the Unknown. In 1979, Cooke emigrated to the United States and became a director of television series episodes. His credits in this area include Lou Grant, Matlock, and Beauty and the Beast.