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Tommy Cooper - Just Like This!

BBC Radio 2 documentary. 1 episode in 2010. Features Sean Lock, Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, David Ball, Jimmy Cricket, Royston Mayoh, John Miles and others.

Tommy Cooper - Just Like This!

Sean Lock looks at the life of Tommy Cooper, a man who is as popular today as he ever was

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2010
Channel
BBC Radio 2
Episodes
1
Features
Sean Lock, Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, David Ball, Jimmy Cricket, Royston Mayoh, John Miles, Michael Parkinson and others
Producer
Phil Collinge

Comedian Sean Lock looks at the life of a man who is as popular today as he ever was, and who is still finding new fans via the wonders of the internet - Tommy Cooper.

In a magical mix of Tommy from the archives, as well as new interviews, BBC Radio 2 celebrates the career of a unique force in British comedy.

From his early days and the first magic set, to his health problems and fateful last television appearance, Tommy Cooper - Just Like This! looks back at his rollercoaster life. Sean considers how much of the comic's outward persona was a deliberate barricade (some friends have said they never really got to know the real Tommy) and how he found it difficult to be taken seriously because people started to laugh the moment he spoke.

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. Eric Morecambe said he wouldn't go on stage after Cooper; Spike Milligan said his face was a call for help; and Bob Monkhouse called him an aggravated assault on the funny bone.

The programme features a host of new interviews with people who knew and loved him, including Michael Parkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, Sheila Steafel, Jimmy Cricket, John Miles (the man who looks after Tommy's estate), Royston Mayoh (producer and director, who worked on The Tommy Cooper Hour), and David Ball (from the Magic Circle and also Tommy's bank manager).

Production Details

Part of

Radio 2's Comedy Season 2010

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 21st July 2010 on BBC Radio 2 at 10pm
Episode length
1 hour
Last repeat
Saturday 12th March 2011 at 10:00pm