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TV loves a tragic standup - but who's next?

19 April 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

We've had Kenneth Williams, Kenny Everett, Frankie Howerd and Steptoe and Son now Tommy Cooper is getting the tears-of-a-clown dramatic treatment

Does it sometimes seem to you that television bosses are working their way through a list "TV comedians, 1950-85" when they commission their biopics? How far down the list are they prepared to go? We've had Kenneth Williams and Frankie Howerd; will we get Kenneth Connor and Peter Butterworth? We've had Tony Hancock; will we get Charlie Drake? This Monday, ITV treats us to the untold story of Tommy Cooper.

The tabloids were mildly perturbed by the news that Simon Nye's drama "reveals" the fez-clad clown as a behind-the-scenes alcoholic and wife-beater.

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