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The Art Of Tommy Cooper

BBC Wales documentary on the life and work of the magician and comedy legend Tommy Cooper

2007  (BBC Two Wales)
Tommy Cooper, Tom O'Connor, Victor Spinetti, Betty Jones, Barry Cryer, David Beckley, David Ball
Clive Flowers

Tommy Cooper was a national comedy institution whose catchphrase still remains in the language today. This bumbling giant with outsized feet and hands, whose mere entrance on stage had audiences erupting with uncontrollable laughter, was born in Caerphilly in 1921.

This programme looks at the life and art of the man in the fez whose clumsy, fumbling stage magic tricks hid a real talent as a magician. His private life was complicated and often difficult but as far as his audiences were concerned, he was first and foremost a clown whose confusion with the mechanisms of everyday life made for hilarious viewing.

Contributors include Tom O'Connor and Barry Cryer.

Our Review: Short but affectionate, The Art Of Tommy Cooper presents a very personal perspective of the legendary comic, interviewing as it does fellow comics such as Barry Cryer and Tom O'Connor, down to one of Tommy's cousins - and even his bank manager. A delightfully nostalgic programme.