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
Directed by Alasdair Macmillan, Ian Hamilton
Presented by Jimmy Tarbuck
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7
No. of episodes 43
Producer(s) David Bell, Marcus Plantin, Ian Hamilton
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
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 16 January 1983 (1983-01-16) – 27 November 1988 (1988-11-27)
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's death[edit]

During the second series of Live from Her Majesty's 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, assuming that it was a joke Cooper was playing. It was not until compere Jimmy Tarbuck realised that the drop was not part of Cooper's plot, that the production crew suddenly realised what had occurred.

The show continued after an earlier than planned 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 on arrival at Westminster Hospital. His death was not officially reported until the next morning, although the incident led the ITN News bulletin which followed the show.


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 5