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Duration: 30 minutes

Tommy Cooper was a national comedy institution whose catchphrases still remain 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, where a statue is now erected in his honour - unveiled by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

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.

Last on

Sun 20 Apr 2014 21:45 BBC Four

Credits

Producer
Valerie Croft
Director
Clive Flowers
Participant
Barry Cryer
Participant
Victor Spinetti
Participant
Rhod Gilbert
Participant
Tom O'Connor

Broadcasts

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