Tommy Cooper's Half Hours [DVD]
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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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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.
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.
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.
The packaging was fine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great to see Tommy again - so amazing that he makes you laugh just by looking at him!! a great dvd to lighten your evening!Published on 8 Feb. 2014 by Joy Taylor
would recommend this item very funny and classic, they don't do comedy like this anymore, and had forgotten how funny this man was.Published on 15 Mar. 2013 by Slider