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Alison Cork is a British home expert, writer and broadcaster. After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, with a degree in Classics, Cork launched herself as an entrepreneur, publishing restaurant guides in university towns throughout the UK.

She then co-founded Carnell Ltd, a mail order publishing company, which was subsequently floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1994, making her one of the youngest ever board directors of a publicly quoted company. Whilst running Carnell plc, Cork wrote her first book, Profit Through The Post (Piatkus), about how to set up and run a mail order business, which was voted ‘Book of the Month’ by Mensa.

She followed this with The Streetwise Guide to Renovating Your Home (Piatkus), at which point she left Carnell plc to pursue a career in writing and broadcasting. In 1996, she presented her first TV series – The Christmas Show, for Carlton Westcountry Television. In 1997, she wrote and presented her first network TV series – Home In The Country (ITV), a lifestyle series that spanned cookery, creative inspiration and interiors. Followed by several other series including Countdown To Christmas (Five), Domestic Magic (Five), Don’t Move, Improve (ITV), 60 Minute Makeover (ITV) and Help I Hate My House (ITV).

Parallel to this, Cork published several more books including Home In The Country, Special Occasions, and Beautiful Baking. She also started writing weekly shopping columns for The Evening Standard (2000-present) and the Daily Telegraph (2005-present), and founded two lifestyle websites www.homesandbargains.co.uk (2005) and www.problemsolved.co.uk (2007). In 2011, Cork launched her first furniture range with Made.com.

Within, her home interiors company, (www.withinhome.com) now spans columns, supplements, books, websites and homeware products and is based in Central London.

Known for her creative inspiration and savvy ideas, Cork admits she is entirely self taught and simply passionate about home and all it represents.

Alison is currently one of the home interior experts on Channel 5’s daytime show Cowboy Builders and Bodge Jobs (2015).

Credits

TELEVISION
Date: 2015
Production (role):
Cowboy Builders & Bodge Jobs (Expert Presenter)
Company:
Channel 5
Date: 2012
Production (role):
Secret Removers (Expert)
Company:
Channel 4
Date: 2012
Production (role):
Live with Gabby (Contributor)
Company:
Channel 5
Date: 2011
Production (role):
Get The Look For Less
Company:
This Morning
Date: 2009-10
Production (role):
Help! I Hate my House
Company:
ITV
Date: 2004-09
Production (role):
60 Minute Makeover
Company:
ITV
Date: 2007-08
Production (role):
Homes & Property
Company:
ITV
Date: 2005-06
Production (role):
Don’t Move, Improve
Company:
ITV
Date: 2004
Production (role):
Domestic Magic
Company:
Channel 5
Date: 2002
Production (role):
Countdown To Christmas
Company:
Channel Five
Date: 1997-99
Production (role):
Home In The Country
Company:
ITV
Date: 1996
Production (role):
The Christmas Show
Company:
West Country Television
Date: 1994-96
Production (role):
Carlton Food Network
Company:
Carlton
BOOKS
Production (role):
Profit Through The Post
Company:
Piatkus
Production (role):
The Streetwise Guide To Renovating Your Home
Company:
Piatkus
Production (role):
Home In The Country
Company:
Carlton Books
Production (role):
Special Occasions
Company:
Alison At Home
Production (role):
Beautiful Baking
Company:
Alison At Home
JOURNALISM
Company:
The Mail on Sunday
Company:
The Evening Standard
Company:
The Daily Telegraph
Company:
The Times
Company:
Woman and Home
Company:
Period Living
Company:
House Beautiful

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
  • Date: 2015
    Production (role): Cowboy Builders & Bodge Jobs (Expert Presenter)
    Company: Channel 5
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): Secret Removers (Expert)
    Company: Channel 4
  • Date: 2012
    Production (role): Live with Gabby (Contributor)
    Company: Channel 5
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): Get The Look For Less
    Company: This Morning
  • Date: 2009-10
    Production (role): Help! I Hate my House
    Company: ITV
  • Date: 2004-09
    Production (role): 60 Minute Makeover
    Company: ITV
  • Date: 2007-08
    Production (role): Homes & Property
    Company: ITV
  • Date: 2005-06
    Production (role): Don’t Move, Improve
    Company: ITV
  • Date: 2004
    Production (role): Domestic Magic
    Company: Channel 5
  • Date: 2002
    Production (role): Countdown To Christmas
    Company: Channel Five
  • Date: 1997-99
    Production (role): Home In The Country
    Company: ITV
  • Date: 1996
    Production (role): The Christmas Show
    Company: West Country Television
  • Date: 1994-96
    Production (role): Carlton Food Network
    Company: Carlton
  • Publication (role)
    Company
  • Production (role): Profit Through The Post
    Company: Piatkus
  • Production (role): The Streetwise Guide To Renovating Your Home
    Company: Piatkus
  • Production (role): Home In The Country
    Company: Carlton Books
  • Production (role): Special Occasions
    Company: Alison At Home
  • Production (role): Beautiful Baking
    Company: Alison At Home
  • Company
  • Company: The Mail on Sunday
  • Company: The Evening Standard
  • Company: The Daily Telegraph
  • Company: The Times
  • Company: Woman and Home
  • Company: Period Living
  • Company: House Beautiful
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