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Shameless star David Threlfall will play Tommy Cooper in a single ITV drama based on the comedian's life.

The two-hour film is a Left Bank Pictures production written by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly) and will also star Amanda Redman as Cooper's wife Dove.

Left Bank Pictures' Andy Harries said: "Few comics have had such a lasting influence on UK culture as Tommy Cooper.

"The man was a comedy giant who spent his final years juggling his hugely successful public persona with a private passion for two women. Just like that."

ITV's director of drama commissioning Steve November added: "Tommy Cooper was an ITV legend and so it feels very fitting to be telling his story on ITV.

"Left Bank have brought together wonderful talent in Simon Nye, David Threlfall and Amanda Redman to tell the story."

The film will focus on Cooper's 17-year affair with his »

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