The life and times of one of the country’s legendary comedians.

There have been many tributes to Tommy Cooper since his shocking death live on TV in 1984, but this two-parter (concluding tomorrow) is probably the best to date at building up a picture of the man and his work.

Taking a chronological approach, it follows Tommy from his birth in 1921, through his early days as a performer in the Army and his glorious decades on TV in the 1960s and 70s, right up to the fateful evening at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Among the well-chosen talking heads is superfan Jennifer Saunders, who’s obviously excited at getting a glimpse of Tommy’s hand-written gags – ‘very poor jokes, delivered brilliantly’ she says, nailing the basics of his act in five words.