Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This is a single drama based on the life of the legendary comedian Tommy Cooper, written by Simon Nye and produced by multi award-winning production company, Left Bank Pictures.
Simon Nye’s 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.
David Threlfall (Shameless, Nowhere Boy) will play the iconic comedian, Amanda Redman (New Tricks, Little Dorrit) takes the role of Dove and Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders, We’ll Take Manhatton) plays Mary. When Tommy’s extensive touring started to affect their home life, Dove decided she couldn’t 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. Their children, Tom Junior and Vicky, needed her and maternal Dove knew her own mind – “She’s actually not much like a dove. She’s strong. Kills first, asks questions later”.