Live from...

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Live from...
Also known as Live from Her Majesty's (1983–5)
Live from the Piccadilly (1986)
Live from the Palladium (1987–8)
Genre Entertainment
Presented by Jimmy Tarbuck
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 44
Production
Location(s) Her Majesty's Theatre (1983–5)
Piccadilly Theatre (1986)
London Palladium (1987–8)
Running time 60mins (inc. adverts)
Production company(s) LWT
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 16 January 1983 (1983-01-16)  – 27 November 1988 (1988-11-27)
Chronology
Related shows Sunday Night at the Palladium

Live from... was a Sunday night live entertainment variety television show that aired on ITV from 16 January 1983 to 27 November 1988 and was hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck. It was broadcast live from a theatre in London (depending on which series) and was very much in the tradition of earlier variety spectacles such as Sunday Night at the Palladium.

Tommy Cooper incident[edit]

During the show's run on 15 April 1984, comedian Tommy Cooper collapsed and died after suffering a massive heart attack. Cooper collapsed against the curtain, and most members of the audience were laughing, thinking that it was a joke Cooper was playing. It wasn't until compere Jimmy Tarbuck realised that the drop wasn't part of Cooper's plot, that everyone suddenly realised what had occurred. The show continued after an unplanned commercial break and after Tarbuck was reportedly informed Cooper was recovering. Backstage, while the show continued, paramedics frantically attempted to revive Cooper but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Cooper's death was announced internationally on the BBC News later that evening. Cooper's funeral took place on 21 April 1984, with thousands of friends, family and fans in attendance. He was cremated.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Location
1 16 January 1983 27 February 1983 7 Her Majesty's Theatre
2 11 March 1984 29 April 1984 7
3 6 October 1985 10 November 1985 6
4 28 September 1986 2 November 1986 6 Piccadilly Theatre
5 5 April 1987 10 May 1987 6 London Palladium
6 11 October 1987 15 November 1987 6
7 9 October 1988 27 November 1988 6