Shameless actor David Threlfall has landed a role as the late comic Tommy Cooper in a new ITV drama.
The two-hour film called Tommy, will focus on the dilemma the much-loved comedian faced when he fell in love and embarked on an affair with assistant Mary Kay despite being married to wife Gwen.
Amanda Redman, who starred in BBC 1 series New Tricks, will play the comic's wife while the role of Mary Kay is yet to be filled.
Andy Harries, the executive producer, 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."
The drama, written by the creator of Men Behaving Badly Simon Nye, will begin filming next month.