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Tommy Cooper's 12 Minutes,
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I must say that for me Tommy Cooper was probably the greatest ever British comedian/magician. You have to love someone who could elicit laughter from an audience by just standing there and saying nothing.
However, this does not contain his best material by far - and to be honest it is quite embarassing at times. There are glimpses of the real Cooper here, but they are few and far between. He is onscreen for only about 12 minutes per show.
The DVD consists of 6 programmes lasting approximately 24 minutes each which were broadcast between 2nd September and 7th October 1980 on ITV. As the other reviewers have written, each programme is padded by guest singers (a resident Danny Doyle, Katie Budd, Jackie Marks, Los Reales de Paraguay, Stephanie Lawrence, Sheeba) and they truly are awful. The dance troupe who do an opening routine in each show are better, and quite sexy/suggestive for 1980.
English subtitles are available, and picture and sound quality are fine. Sadly, due to the writers most of the jokes are not.