Tommy Cooper

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Steve Wickham: “I’m not fond of cities, all the pushing and shoving and the trains and taxis. That’s probably why I live in Sligo.”

Current favourite book? I’m a voracious reader, I get through a book every few days. It’s a great antidote for when you’re stuck on a train, tra(...)

Rob Brydon:   “No one can say: ‘Oh, not another film about middle-aged men taking up synchronised swimming,’’’  Photograph: Jeff Vespa/ WireImage

Days before I meet Rob Brydon, the affable “None-More-Welsh” comedian and actor pops up on Graham Norton’s couch to compare sporting achievements with(...)

Infinite non-comedic possibilities: Ed Aczel

If I wait another 18 years, then the spiral-bound calendar that has spent the last 10 years on my desk will finally be correct again, the days of the (...)

 Bruce Forsyth and Beryl Reid (right), singing ‘Piccadilly,’ on stage at the old Brixton Music Hall.

Bruce Forsyth, who has died aged 89, was associated with some of the most successful shows in television history, from Sunday Night at the London Pall(...)

Leonard Rossiter who played the title character in the TV adaptations of David Nobbs’s Reginald Perrin noveks. Photograoh: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Comedy writer David Nobbs, best known for creating the television character Reginald Perrin, has died. The 80-year-old from North Yorkshire also cont(...)

Johnny Depp with Keira Knightly in Pirates Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Don’t worry, Timmy. Screenwriter isn’t dead. It’s being sent to a nice farm in the country where it can play with the horses, roll in the sun and chew(...)

Just like that comedian: David Threlfall as Tommy Cooper.Photograph: Robert Viglaskyâ

For decades the comedian Tommy Cooper was one of the most impersonated stars: a hoarse “just like that”, a shrug of the shoulders, the machine-gun (...)