7 user

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 »


Benjamin Caron


Simon Nye, John Fisher (book)
2 nominations. See more awards »




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
Learn more

More Like This 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Judy Haussman (Dame Julie Walters), an elderly hippy, deals with the disfunctionality of her family, including her children, Nick (Rory Kinnear) and Libby (Helen McCrory) and their baggage they have in tow.

Director: Howard Davies
Stars: Julie Walters, Helen McCrory, Rory Kinnear
Bumps (TV Movie 2020)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A sixty-two-year-old divorcee with two grown-up children and no sign any grandchildren on the way decides to secretly undergo treatment to have a baby, only to learn that her 38-year-old daughter is also pregnant and due at the same time.

Director: Sandy Johnson
Stars: Amanda Redman, Lisa McGrillis, Seb Cardinal
The Ark (TV Movie 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark.

Director: Kenneth Glenaan
Stars: David Threlfall, Joanne Whalley, Ashley Walters
Cooper, Just Like That (TV Series 1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

'Tragic magic' rules in this six-part series from 1978, which saw Tommy Cooper at the height of his fame.

Stars: Tommy Cooper, Sisters Duane, Ken Wilson
Leaving (TV Mini-Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The forbidden love between a middle-aged family woman and a callow youth working in the same hotel.

Stars: Helen McCrory, Callum Turner, Sean Gallagher
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A normal everyday family strike it rich by winning the lottery. Their life dramatically changes with their new-found wealth.

Stars: Amanda Redman, Peter Davison, Sarah Smart
Flying Blind (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A stylish mix of erotic love story and political thriller. Helen McCrory stars as a brilliant aerospace engineer who is drawn into a passionate affair with a younger male student while ... See full summary »

Director: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
Stars: Helen McCrory, Kenneth Cranham, Lorcan Cranitch
New Tricks (2003–2015)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong
The Trials of Jimmy Rose (TV Mini-Series 2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jimmy has just been released from prison after 12 years and is struggling to come to terms with his new life. His family and friends are finding it difficult to accept him back in to their lives and he must find a way to make things right.

Stars: Ray Winstone, Charlotte Randle, Paul Jesson
Shameless (2004–2013)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The lives and relationships of a group of siblings and their estranged father Frank Gallagher on a rough Manchester estate.

Stars: David Threlfall, Rebecca Atkinson, Alice Barry
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of Sir Alec Jeffreys' discovery of DNA fingerprinting and its first use by DCS David Baker in catching a double murderer.

Stars: John Simm, Anna Madeley, David Threlfall
Carla (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The meeting of the quiet Helen North and the charismatic Carla on a beautiful Greek island leads to tragic consequences.

Director: Diarmuid Lawrence
Stars: Lesley Sharp, Helen McCrory, Iain Glen


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Did You Know?


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]
See more »


Featured in The Wright Stuff: Episode #19.80 (2014) See more »

User Reviews

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

21 April 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A komédiás két élete See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Left Bank Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.

Recently Viewed