Easter Monday evening T.V. viewing in the U.K. offered the usual mixed bag but a docu-drama about Tommy Cooper proved to be the highlight of the whole weekend.
Called 'Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This' the drama was on air from 9pm BST until 11pm. Two hours entertainment which passed by in a flash, as it was compelling watching.
Tommy Cooper was a much loved British comedian come magician who died on stage during a live T.V. broadcast on April 15, 1984. He appeared a gentle giant with a huge sense of humour but the reality for his family and long time mistress was allegedly altogether different. He could be violent and, as a big man, packed a punch. He and wife Gwen, pet named by Tommy as Dove, would brawl at times, with her allegedly giving as good as she got. His mistress however was a more refined soul who crumbled.
Monday nights' drama documentary followed Tommy's career from the 60's until his death on stage in 1984, and the immediate aftermath of his passing. The program included some of Tommy's classic jokes, just so silly that all you could do was laugh.
He was shown as a drunk and philanderer but in many ways neither damaged the man's legacy. Instead they simply showed the human side to this once famous celebrity. However the drama was not widely welcomed by the Cooper family. There are reports that Cooper's daughter Vicky said her Dad would turn in his grave.
The show's producers reportedly consulted Cooper's lover Mary Kay and her son.
From the sublime to the ridiculous