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Keep Em Laughing: 100 Years Of Tommy Cooper

BBC Radio Wales documentary celebrating the comic. 1 episode in 2021. Features Mike Bubbins, Anita Harris, Tudur Owen, Leroy Brito and others.

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Keep Em Laughing: 100 Years Of Tommy Cooper

Mike Bubbins looks back at the life and career of Tommy Cooper

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2021
Channel
BBC Radio Wales
Episodes
1
Features
Mike Bubbins, Anita Harris, Tudur Owen, Leroy Brito, Noel James, Dyfan Rees, Alan Wightman, Tommy Cooper and others
Producers
Ashley Byrne and Kurt Brookes

Mike Bubbins looks back at the life and career of the Welsh comedian and magician Tommy Cooper

Known for his large gawky appearance together with his trademark red fez and famous catchphrase "just like that", people would often laugh the moment they saw him.

Tommy broke every rule in the comedy book, he told jokes no other comedian would get away with, and he based his act around getting things wrong. In doing so he secured his place in our hearts forever.

And a century after he was born in Caerphilly in March 1921, Tommy Cooper is still finding new fans.

Here in a magical mix of Tommy from the archives, as well as new interviews, Radio Wales celebrates the career of a unique force in British comedy.

From his early days and the first magic set, to the health problems and the fateful last television appearance, the programme looks back at his rollercoaster life - and examines what was so special and enduring about his act.

Mike hears via the archives from the likes of Ronnie Corbett, Michael Parkinson, Shiela Steafal and former producer Royston Mayoh together with new interviews with veteran entertainer Anita Harris who worked with him extensively on stage and Welsh artistes, actors and writers inspired by him including Tudur Owen, Leroy Brito, Noel James and Dyfan Rees. Mike also hears from Alan Wightman who was in the wings at Her Majesty's Theatre in London when he collapsed and died of a heart attack in front of millions watching television in 1984.

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 19th March 2021 on BBC Radio Wales at 6:30pm
Episode length
30 minutes