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TOUR OF THE MONTH

The Great London Ghost Tour
The Great London Ghost Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

20th October 2003 Singer Amy Winehouses's debut album Frank released.

20th October 1968 Comedian Bud Flanagan died in Kingston, London, aged 72.go to related location

20th October 1953 Actor Sir John Gielgud was arrested for cruising in a public lavatory.

20th October 1904 Born today: Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress (London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell)

20th October 1862 Murderer Catherine Wilson hanged at Newgate Gaol, the last woman hanged in public in Britain.go to related location

20th October 1822 1st edition of London Sunday Times

20th October 1714 The Coronation of George I in Westminster Abbey.go to related location

Tommy's 1st BBC Audition



Tommy's 1st BBC Audition

An extremely unfortunate appearance - you are joking.

Location: 25 Marylebone Road, NW1

Description: And so it was that after writing to Miss Cook at the 'Corporation' requesting that he be given a chance...

'My act consists of cod magic and comedy, which I think would be quite suitable for television'.

That on the 5th June 1947, the legendary comic 'Tommy Cooper' was summonend by the Television Booking Manager to attend a prelimnary audition at this very address the following Monday, the 9th at 11.45am.

With the protocol being 'your performance should not exceed 10 minutes'... the outcome was negative in the extreme!

Cooper was disparingly immortalised as an 'unattrative man with indistinct speaking voice and extremely unfortunate appearance'... which is indeed 'pure cooper'!

With his act taking 7 minutes of their time, his anarchic approach defied classification by the BBC it seems - ha - but what did they know.

Tommy Cooper went on to become perhaps the greatest comedian that Britain has ever produced - pure gold!

Tagged in this Tour: Tommy Cooper's London

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Credits: Tommy Cooper - Always Leave Them Laughing

Tommy's 1st BBC Audition

An extremely unfortunate appearance - you are joking.


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