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
- BBC Radio 2
- Sean Lock, Ronnie Corbett, Barry Cryer, David Ball, Jimmy Cricket, Royston Mayoh, John Miles, Michael Parkinson and others
- Phil Collinge
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).