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Shameless star to play Tommy Cooper

1 of 1 'Just like that!' David Threlfall will swap Frank Gallagher for Tommy Cooper
'Just like that!' David Threlfall will swap Frank Gallagher for Tommy Cooper

Shameless star David Threlfall - Frank Gallagher - will play Tommy Cooper in an ITV drama based on the legendary comedian's life.

The two-hour film is a Left Bank Pictures production written by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly) and will also star Amanda Redman as Cooper's wife Dove.

Left Bank Pictures' Andy Harries said: "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."

The film will focus on Cooper's 17-year affair with his assistant Mary Kay as he stayed on the road while his wife Gwen looked after their children.

The film will also explore Cooper's working relationship with his agent Miff Ferrie up to the comedian's death on TV, during Live From Her Majesty's on April 15, 1984.

Filming begins in London this June with producer, magician and Cooper biographer John Fisher acting as consultant.

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