ITV casts Threlfall and Redman for Tommy Cooper Drama

There’s a one-off Tommy Cooper Drama in the works, says ITV.  ITV has cast Threlfall and Redman for the two major roles in what is slated to be a captivating drama about Tommy Cooper’s 17 year failure to decide between two women he loved.


Tommy Cooper Drama

 

ITV have today (May 23rd) announced the commissioning of a one-off drama, written bySimon Nye (Reggie PerrinMen Behaving Badly), about comedian Tommy Cooper.

Shameless star David Threlfall takes the lead role, whilst the role of Dove – which was Cooper’s nickname for his wife, Gwen – will be played by New Tricks‘ Amanda Redman.

The two-hour film focuses on the dilemma Cooper faced when he fell in love with assistant Mary Kay, and embarked upon a relationship that would last 17 years – he was unable to choose between Dove and Mary, and his untimely death live on air in 1984 meant that he never did.

Tommy Cooper was anITV legend and so it feels very fitting to be telling his story on ITV.

— Steve November, Director of Drama Commissioning, ITV

Director of Drama Commissioning, Steve November, said: “Tommy Cooper was an ITVlegend and so it feels very fitting to be telling his story on ITV.

“Left Bank have brought together wonderful talent in Simon NyeDavid Threlfall and Amanda Redman to tell the story.”

Left Bank Pictures’ Andy Harries, added: “Few comics have had such a lasting influence on UK culture as Tommy Cooper . The man was a comedy giant who spent his final years juggling his hugely successful public persona with a private passion for two women.  Just like that.”

Filming on the drama begins next month, in London.

The actress chosen to play Mary will be announced in due course.

Watch a classic Tommy Cooper by following the link below.


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Tommy Cooper couldn’t decide between the two women he loved for 17 years until his death.  This will be an interesting drama to see how the two women coped.  Will you be watching?