Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This

Tommy Cooper once cheekily asked the Queen: ‘Do you like football?’ She admitted: ‘Not particularly,’ so he replied, ‘Well, can I have your tickets to the Cup Final then?’ This is one of the lighter moments in a dark drama that sees David Threlfall give a superb performance as the legendary comic, who comes across as a lovable, if occasionally unpleasant, man who was destroyed by drink. It centres on his inability to choose between his loyal, bullish wife Gwen (Amanda Redman) and his quiet, obedient mistress Mary (Helen McCrory). It all builds to the night in 1984, when Tommy died in front of millions watching the TV show Live From Her Majesty’s.

 

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