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Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014)

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This is a TV movie starring David Threlfall, Helen McCrory, and Amanda Redman. With his trade-mark fez and bumbling stage persona involving clever conjuring tricks which appear to have gone wrong Tommy Cooper is one of Britain's most popular comedians, respected by ... See full summary »

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... Tommy Cooper
... Mary Kay
... Gwen 'Dove' Cooper
... Miff Ferrie
Andy Rush ... Tom Junior
... Eric Sykes
Bob Golding ... Eric Morecambe
Jordan Metcalfe ... Les Dennis
... Ken Brooke
Albie Marber ... Young Tom, Junior
... Vicky Cooper
Lucy Conley ... Young Vicky Cooper
Tilly Vosburgh ... Sheila
... Billy Mayo
Marene Miller ... Dutch Journalist
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With his trade-mark fez and bumbling stage persona involving clever conjuring tricks which appear to have gone wrong Tommy Cooper is one of Britain's most popular comedians, respected by his peers. However behind the public image is a curmudgeonly man who drinks too much. Mother of his children Tom Junior and Vicky, his wife Gwen - known as Dove - frequently travels with him to his performances but now feels that her place is at home with the children. Afraid of loneliness Tommy asks the married stage manager Mary Kay to join him on tour . Whilst Dove is concerned that his drinking and late nights are damaging to his health and a sign for him to give up, Mary is encouraging - partly as she sees Tommy as being helpful to her husband's writing aspirations. Soon Tommy is declaring his love for Mary whilst remaining married to Dove, with whom there are violent domestic exchanges. Surprisingly Tommy is able to sustain relationships with both women until his death on stage in 1984, a fact ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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21 April 2014 (UK)  »

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Miff Ferrie: I am fed up covering up for your mistress. Buying hush-hush train tickets, organising passes.
Tommy Cooper: You should thank Mary. I wouldn't be running round the country earning you money if she wasn't by my side. I'd be out playing golf with Ronnie Corbett.
Miff Ferrie: [exasperated] There is a reason why monogamy works, Tommy. It's less tiring.
Tommy Cooper: I can't give up Mary, Miff. I love her.
Miff Ferrie: And what about Dove?
Tommy Cooper: You can love two women.
Miff Ferrie: Until you get caught!
Tommy Cooper: No, I mean it. I'm not proud of it. I'm ashamed, but it's true. Dove ...
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Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.80 (2014) See more »

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Brilliant and doesn't forget the joy
3 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

There have been a raft of biopics of bygone British comedians over the last ten years, some excellent. Many forget to, or fail to, impart the humour and joy that the subjects brought in the first place. Sometimes there seems to a keenness to deliver the 'dark side' of the jester too bluntly.

'Not Like That, Like This' tells a strong story that isn't at all diluted by the prominence of the daft and delightful comedy of the man in the centre of it, Tommy Cooper. It's clear all the way along why audiences loved the man who could come on, say nothing and have them collapsing with laughter. He had a complicated life and it's well told through a brilliant performance by David Threlfall, who grasps the physicality of the six-foot-four comic as well as his mannerisms and captivating delivery. The rest of the cast, fronted by Amanda Redman as his strong-headed and driven wife Dove and Helen McCrory as his mild-but-adoring mistress Mary, fill it out to a very solid programme.

Obviously it'll be a little less relevant to those who didn't know of Tommy Cooper but the story doesn't rely on prior knowledge so you'll lose nothing from it if you're coming into it cold.


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