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Tommy Cooper Retrospective Drama: ITV April 21st

(April 2014)

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bbcfan2014
So how accurate was the final performance from Cooper as presented in the drama as opposed to what happened in reality? Was that how it happened?


extremely accurate, apart from the into break wide shot (it was a tracking shot in the actual thing, but is a fixed camera shot in the drama). But i wouldn't recommend anyone watches the actual moment on You Tube.
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IndigoTucker
Yes please don't try and track down the original, its truly horrific. I caught it on YT when it first leaked, and Ill never forget it, in a bad way.
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Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
I noticed they couldn't get the original music for Live from Her Majesty's. Sounded very generic.
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deejay Oxford
Musicians Union rights perhaps? I can't recall whether there was a live orchestra or not but if there was, clearing music performed live on the night can be hard if not impossible.
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Put The Telly On (previously nok32uk) Meridian (South East) South East Today
I noticed they couldn't get the original music for Live from Her Majesty's. Sounded very generic.


There's a brief scene where the Thames ident music is altered too.
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Steven O STV Central Reporting Scotland
Musicians Union rights perhaps? I can't recall whether there was a live orchestra or not but if there was, clearing music performed live on the night can be hard if not impossible.


Yes - it was The Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra, IIRC.
"I'm a marvellous housekeeper - every time I leave a man, I keep his house." (Zsa Zsa Gabor)
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deejay Oxford
I really enjoyed this programme. I've seen quite a few of these sort of biopic retrospectives and the historical accuracy in some of them can be a bit hit and miss; this one, I felt, did a very good job of recreating the television production atmosphere in the 70s/80s. There are a few firms out there who specialise in providing cosmetically reconditioned cameras (and even OB Scanners) as props to the TV/Film industry. Are the cameras which were badged "Thames" in the early scenes of Tommy arriving very late for a read through at Teddington Studios accurate? I've only ever seen Thames badged EMI2001s on things like Magpie...

One thing that was a bit of an anachronism (I assume) was the slightly botched job of putting a Thames Television logo over the Pinewood sign above reception in Broom Road.
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Did it ever say "Thames Studios" or "Thames Television" or was it always signed as Teddington Studios?
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
[quote:0015098569="deejay" pid="914059"]Did it ever say "Thames Studios" or "Thames Television" or was it always signed as Teddington Studios?[/quote:0015098569]

I'm sure I've seen a photo of the sign saying Thames Studios before.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Yes, here:

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Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
Are the cameras which were badged "Thames" in the early scenes of Tommy arriving very late for a read through at Teddington Studios accurate? I've only ever seen Thames badged EMI2001s on things like Magpie...


Yes, here's a shot of EMI 203 b/w cameras, along with EMI-2001 colour cameras in use at Teddington during a 1969 Tommy Cooper show.

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From:-
http://www.tvstudiohistory.co.uk/studio%20history.htm#teddington%20early

My original point though is that scene in the film was 1967, before Thames had been formed, (by merging ABC and Rediffusion)
Last edited by Markymark on 28 April 2014 10:30am
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Inspector Sands
The Teddington Studios name only came into use when it was spun off as a separate company in the run up to the franchise bid.

I'm pretty sure it was just 'Thames Studios' before that, at least that was what was on the sign by the gatehouse :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fE2_BGncS8U

The sign outside Thames Euston was longer so had the word television on it too:
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4059/4375407292_e28bcfa756_m.jpg
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Yes please don't try and track down the original, its truly horrific. I caught it on YT when it first leaked, and Ill never forget it, in a bad way.


I must be immune then as the video never really shocked me. Perhaps because I'd always imagined it to be more disturbing before I saw it.

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