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The Art of Tommy Cooper

Documentary about the life and work of comedian Tommy Cooper, whose bumbling persona hid a real talent as a magician and whose private life was complicated and often difficult.

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.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 20 Apr 2014 21:45

Credits

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

Broadcasts

  • Mon 26 Feb 2007 19:00
  • Mon 16 Apr 2007 22:00
  • Fri 14 Sep 2007 19:30
  • Thu 20 Mar 2008 20:30
  • Mon 25 Aug 2008 19:30
  • Fri 15 May 2009 19:00
  • Mon 28 Feb 2011 23:00
  • Sat 19 Mar 2011 20:00
  • Sat 18 Jun 2011 19:00
  • Tue 3 Jan 2012 23:00
  • Sun 8 Apr 2012 00:20
  • Sat 28 Apr 2012 21:00
  • Sun 17 Jun 2012 22:00
  • New Year's Day 2013 00:00
  • Wed 6 Mar 2013 22:45
  • Tue 4 Jun 2013 20:00
  • Tue 4 Jun 2013 23:55
  • Wed 26 Jun 2013 22:30
  • Sun 20 Apr 2014 21:45