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Tommy Cooper's Half Hours [DVD]

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  • Actors: Tommy Cooper
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY7W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,608 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Thames Television is often regarded as British TV at its best. Its comedy stars were the biggest names of the time that are still revered today.

Tommy Cooper, still voted the UK's favourite comedian by fellow comedians and the public alike, made a welcome return to the small screen in this half hour series originally broadcast in 1980. Over the 6 episodes, the giant of Comedy provided sparkling half hours of magic and laughter for all the family. He was joined by his son Thomas Henty in a couple of shows with Irish singing star Danny Doyle regularly supplying a song.

This DVD contains all 6 episodes of the 1980 series of 'The Tommy Cooper Show'.

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I'm being kind with three stars, because like most people I have a soft spot for Tommy, who was outstanding at the top of his game. In a way it's quite comforting to watch this kind of thing, if only because it gives the lie to the assertion that light entertainment standards have plummetted. In the 70's and 80's you had to sit through a lot of third rate stuff if you wanted to see your comedy heroes on TV. Even if you went to see them topping the bill at a theatre, you were lucky to get fifteen minutes.

Of course the padding out of TV shows did serve one important purpose - you couldn't pause or record in those days so it was a good time to make the tea! And on another level it's quite a laugh to see what we accepted as entertainment back then.

Tommy isn't on bad form really, it's just that the material's been recycled. I watched this on the back of a DVD of the first series of "The Comedians", which was sadly nowhere near as good as I remembered. When you watch Tommy alongside the average 70's comic, even in his twilight years, you can see that he was head and shoulders above the average.

For the uninitiated, however, I would really go along with other reviewers who recommend a compilation of Tommy's best moments.
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I'm being generous with two stars, and that's only because I love Tommy Cooper so much it'd break my heart to give only one or less.

Don't buy this DVD if you're a Tommy Cooper fan, please, and just trust me on this.

Basically, in each episode, you get 10 minutes of Tommy Cooper, and 20 minutes of Danny Doyle; and the 10 minutes with Tommy Cooper is him slurring, with a sad look in his eyes, his timing is off, his lines are off.

Every episode is the same. Tommy does 1 joke. 10 minutes of boring music/dancing. Tommy does 1 trick. 10 minutes of boring Danny Doyle singing a boring song on his boring guitar to a boring tune. Tommy does 1 last joke. The end.

And that's it, seriously, I'm not even exaggerating here. I just wanted to hug him so much.

Oh it's just a heartbreaking experience to see what happened to my favourite comedian in his later days.

Stick to Tommy Cooper HOUR, or Tommy Cooper Collection or Cooperama.

This DVD won't make you laugh - but it will make you cry; and oh how I cried.
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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.
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If you're new to Cooper then buy one of the best of dvds. There are a few and they are all great. For me this was the first time to see Mr Cooper's full tv show and it was novel to see how they gave him a full show. It's a hillarious format. Each episode starts with a Pans People style dance group doing a routine. Then Tommy does some sketch or stand up. The show features awful singers and variety acts breaking up 3 or 4 TC routines. I did find myself fast forwarding through some of the acts especially the terrible singers but it's worth it for the Tommy stuff. He's as brilliant as ever.
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The most we seem to remember of Tommy Cooper are the bits that end up in those 'tribute to...' shows on the telly. Tommy Cooper deserves his place in those, he was after all one of Britain's best loved comedians and delivered some classic moments. Sadly this DVD is not Tommy Cooper at his best. To be honest it's all a bit embarrassing. It won't make the Classic Cooper collection but nonetheless makes an interesting archive piece that completes the picture of this much loved clown. In some ways I'm divided on whether this should have made it to DVD at all. Yes it makes the record of his TV appearances more complete, but one can't help thinking that it in some way tarnishes our memories of the real Cooper magic.
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We were disappointed that at least a quarter of each half hour is taken up with a regular guest whom we didn't like - but Tommy's great of course!
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This was a Christmas gift for my brother-in-law. He seemed very happy with it as he is a great Tommy Cooper fan.

The packaging was fine.
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