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

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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Benjamin Caron

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Simon Nye, John Fisher (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Threlfall ... Tommy Cooper
Helen McCrory ... Mary Kay
Amanda Redman ... Gwen 'Dove' Cooper
Gregor Fisher ... Miff Ferrie
Andy Rush Andy Rush ... Tom Junior
Paul Ritter ... Eric Sykes
Bob Golding Bob Golding ... Eric Morecambe
Jordan Metcalfe Jordan Metcalfe ... Les Dennis
Jason Manford ... Ken Brooke
Albie Marber Albie Marber ... Young Tom, Junior
Charlotte Beaumont ... Vicky Cooper
Lucy Conley Lucy Conley ... Young Vicky Cooper
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Sheila
David Sterne ... Billy Mayo
Marene Miller 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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Tommy Cooper: Me and my wife just got home and she says "I'm homesick." I said "You're already home." She says "I know I'm sick of it."
[Audience roar with laughter]
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Just That
24 May 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The 1980s were unkind to some of our beloved post World War 2 comedians. Morecambe & Wise ceased to be funny when they moved away from the BBC. Frankie Howard and Tommy Cooper had shows on ITV in the early 1980s but they were a laughter free zone. In fact Cooper only got a positive buzz when he made a rare BBC appearance on Seaside Special where he did his hat routine.

Tommy Cooper who unfortunately collapsed live on TV was a unique comedian and a very talented conjurer. A few years after his death his mistress went public with their long term affair. Some years later other comedians such as Bob Monkhouse told stories of his drinking and violent temper.

This bio-pic starts with a common story (in fact something I myself have done) of a man going to a bazaar in Turkey, putting on a fez and shouting 'just like that.'

David Threlfall with added make up does a good impression of Cooper although he is a bit thin. Cooper was physically imposing. The film deals with his tightness, his drinking, the tempestuous relationship with his wife and his affair with his mistress. The prolonged recreation of his death on a TV show felt like a mis-step to me.

Good performances but nothing out of the ordinary like the bio-pics of comedians we have had on BBC4 in recent years where we delved into the dark heart of the subject.


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