The life of legendary comedian, Tommy Cooper, will be coming to life on ITV later this year.
Simon Nyeâs script focuses on the dilemma the much-loved comedian faced when he fell in love with assistant Mary Kay and embarked upon a relationship that would last 17 years. Tommy was married to Gwen, whom he adored and affectionately nicknamed Dove. Tommy was unable to choose between Dove and Mary, and his untimely death live on air in 1984 meant that he never did.
Top Ten Tommy Cooper jokes
1. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant pulled him in.
2. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid that he couldnât reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, âNo, the steaks are too high.â?
3. I went to a seafood disco last weekâ¦and pulled a muscle
4. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you canât have your kayak and heat it.
5. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped himself.
6. âDoc I canât stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Homeâ âThat sounds like Tom Jones syndrome. âIs it common?â âItâs not unusual.â?
7. Guy goes into the doctorâs. âDoc, Iâve got a cricket ball stuck up my backside.â? Howâs that?â? Donât you start.â?
8. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other âYour round.â? The other one says âSo are you, you fat bastard!â?
9. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.
10. Irelandâs worst air disaster occurred early this morning when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery. Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 1826 bodies so far and expect that number to climb as digging continues into the night
David Threlfall (Shameless, Nowhere Boy) will play the comedian and Amanda Redman (New Tricks, Little Dorrit) takes the role of Dove. When Tommyâs extensive touring started to affect their home life, Dove decided she couldnât go on the road with him any longer. Whilst Tommy travelled the length and breadth of the country with his own brand of visual humour and ingenious magic tricks she knew she had to remain at home to run the house.
The late nights and post-show drinks took their toll on his health, and Dove tried to convince him that TV work was enough. But touring was where Tommyâs heart lay. But Tommy found he couldnât tour alone and asked stage manager Mary Kay if she would join him.
Mary was gentle, diligent and good at her job. She would arrange his props and tricks, flash a warm smile and reassure an often-tense Tommy before he took to the stage. He needed someone to bolster his confidence and it was Maryâs loving support that made the difference to his performances. The pair fell in love, and just like that, Tommy became torn between two equally devoted women.