I used to adore this programme growing up. I see a fan has started a Youtube channel, with a handful of episodes, (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg-ENR_wTfe58MRXS_UrbKg/videos) but states on the "About" section: "The Cook Report Archive for all 130 editions was destroyed in a fire at The Iron Mountain data storage facility in London in 2006. Roger Cook himself kept very few tapes because he always said there was hardly a programme that he couldn’t have done better. So, what we have here is an assembly of Cook investigations which have come from members of the public, former members of the Cook Report team and YouTube."
Is this true, can anyone confirm? If so, what else was lost then?
All Cook Report programmes were relocated from Carlton's archive in Nottingham up to the new ITV archive in Leeds circa 2005. I'm confused as to why Iron Mountain would then be in possession of the programmes a year or so later. Central/Carlton were very protective over the Cook Report because of the sensitive nature of the subject matter even to the point that all programme rushes were kept for "legal" reasons. Would love to know where this person got the information from about the alleged fire.
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2022 14:10:11 GMT by Hugo Danby
Did Roger Cook ever investigate how the fire started?
A google search shows there was a fire in 2006 in their London facility which destroyed everything. It also suggests that the records held there were "archived, inactive business records". I doubt very much that Cook Report master videotapes were there.
The Cook Report being destroyed in the Iron Mountain fire was a claim made by a man who made various historical (and false) allegations against an MP a few years back. It led to a court case. Upon further investigation the dates of various events didn't match his claims. This could be where this rumour originates from.