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for years un­til his sud­den death on tele­vi­sion in 1984.

They took it to the Ed­in­burgh Fes­ti­val last year, then con­tin­ued to work on it while Daniel was tour­ing the coun­try in the Blood Broth­ers mu­si­cal.

Cooper’s life has been ex­am­ined many times over the years, and much fo­cus has been on his per­sonal is­sues, such as his bat­tle with al­co­hol. Daniel didn’t want his look at the man to be cen­tred around neg­a­tives, though.

“We don’t go down the heavy route, the show is gen­er­ally about cel­e­brat­ing Tommy,” he adds.

“There are ways of touch­ing on those points but not stay­ing there for very long. There’s been a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity about Tommy in the past few years, es­pe­cially with the TV drama star­ring David Threlfall (from 2014).

“We kind of wanted to steer away from that. I spoke to my dad about it and he said: ’If I go to see Tommy Cooper, I want to see Tommy Cooper, I’m not in­ter­ested in any of the other stuff’.

“A lot of things have gone down the melan­cholic al­co­holic route — it’s very easy to find holes in peo­ple. There were cer­tainly things he strug­gled with and he was lonely on the road.

“There were con­fi­dence is­sues as well and he got him­self into a rut with his drink­ing. I’ve toured all round and you see that first­hand, of peo­ple want­ing to un­wind with a pint af­ter a show ev­ery night.

“But he’s a fab­u­lous per­son to play — there’s an in­no­cence. He could make peo­ple laugh just by stand­ing there.”

Daniel is happy to fo­cus on some of the co­me­dian’s most fondly re­mem­bered mo­ments and jokes.

The ac­tor reck­ons that it’s the sim­plic­ity at the heart of so many of the gags that make them still funny to­day. “His com­edy will still be here long af­ter I’m around,” he says.

“We’ve been do­ing lots of shows re­cently where there’s more kids com­ing along, be­cause it’s a fam­ily show — that’s what Tommy was, he was an end-of-the-pier en­ter­tainer who wasn’t blue. “So many of his jokes were plays on words but the sim­plic­ity in them is what was key. He’d strip these gags down to a cou­ple of lines and worked hard at that side of his show. His big­gest fear was run­ning out of ma­te­rial, so he built up plenty.”

As a tour­ing ac­tor, Daniel has per­formed in Scot­land many times, and is keen to sam­ple the Town Hall.

He said: “I have a great affin­ity for Scot­land, be­ing from Liver­pool, and when­ever I’m up there I feel like I’m at home. I know the Town Hall’s a gor­geous venue and can’t wait for the show.”

And Daniel has a sim­ple aim for the show.

“It’s a cel­e­bra­tion of Tommy’s jour­ney, and all the gags and rou­tines are in there,” he adds.

“We just had a re­view in from a show in the Isle of Wight say­ing this, which is that it’s al­most like he’s been brought back to life.

“That’s how we ap­proached it — it’s try­ing to bring him back like he was when he was live.”

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