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Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words

Channel 5 documentary about Tommy Cooper. 1 episode in 2018. Features Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck, Chris Tarrant, Vicky Cooper and others.

Tommy Cooper: In His Own Words

Channel 5 celebrates acclaimed comedian and magician Tommy Cooper

Genre
Documentary
Broadcast
2018
Channel
Channel 5
Episodes
1
Features
Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck, Chris Tarrant, Vicky Cooper, Barry Cryer, Lionel Blair, Sheila Steafel, Clive Mantle and others
Director
Malcolm Donkin
Producer
Malcolm Donkin

In this affectionate look back at Tommy Cooper's life and career, Sir Michael Parkinson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Chris Tarrant reflect on what made him one of the greats. Friends and colleagues talk about working with Tommy and his daughter Vicky gives her first ever television interview. All the classic routines and sketches are here, along with some rare gems from the archives.

The programme charts Cooper's rise from a weakling born in a Welsh mining town, through a military career in the Horse Guards, to being Britain's highest paid comedian with top-rating TV series throughout the 1970s. His writer Barry Cryer, choreographer Lionel Blair and "straight woman" Sheila Steafel explain what it was like to work with an unpredictable comedy genius. Actor Clive Mantle talks about playing the role of Tommy on stage, and Debbie McGee explains the truth behind Cooper's seemingly incompetent magic.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 25th December 2018 on Channel 5 at 9:15pm
Episode length
120 minutes
Last repeat
Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 9:00pm