David Threlfall Plays Tommy Cooper in

David Threfall will play the comedian Tommy Cooper in ITV’s Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This drama. Tommy Cooper is famous for comedy derived around visual humour, magic tricks that didn’t work and his trademark red fez, a prop that started from his days in the army. The BBC described him as an “Unattractive young man with an extremely unfortunate appearance” in an audition.


Tommy Cooper

A trailer for Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This has been released.

The promo features David Threlfall as the comedian and magician in the one-off Simon Nye-penned ITV drama, and also stars New Tricks actress Amanda Redman and Peaky Blinders‘ Helen McCrory.

Not Like That, Like This focuses on Cooper‘s 17-year relationship with his assistant Mary Kay(McCrory) on the road, while his wife Gwen (Redman), nicknamed Dove, looked after their children.

Struggling to choose which of the two women he wanted to be with, he suffered a heart attack live on air in 1984 and passed away.

The two-hour film is produced by Lucy Dyke and directed by Benjamin Caron.

Filming began in London last summer, with producer, magician and Always Leave Them LaughingCooper biographer John Fisher acting as consultant.

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This airs on Monday, April 21 at 9pm on ITV.


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David Threlfall will play Tommy Cooper with excellence. Tommy Cooper lives in the minds of millions of Britains as they fondly remember his odd form of comedy and magic.