The BBC have announced that a special Dame Shirley Bassey Christmas TV show is to be recorded soon. Stay tuned to The Blog for ticket details! The spectacular event will be hosted by Bassey’s great friend and one of her biggest fans, comedian David Walliams.
The one-off special is to be broadcast on BBC1 at Christmas, ahead of DSB’s 80th birthday in January 2017. It will feature a lavish mix of entertainment, comedy, surprises and of course live music, with the Dame thrilling viewers as she performs some of her biggest and best-loved classics backed by a live studio orchestra.
Dame Shirley Bassey says: “I’m excited to be recording a TV special alongside David Walliams and the BBC. This will mark two very special milestones for me – an occasion not to miss! We just need to work out how to fit a 60 year career into 60 minutes!”
David Walliams says: “As a lifelong fan of Dame Shirley I am thrilled to be making a television special with her. It really is a dream come true. Whenever Dame Shirley and I are together we laugh a great deal, so I am hoping this will be a hugely entertaining show.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “What a fantastic treat for our audience to be in the company of global icon Dame Shirley Bassey with lifelong fan David Walliams in a BBC One Christmas special.”
Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning says: “Dame Shirley’s first BBC television special aired in 1970 and we’re thrilled to welcome her again for a truly fabulous night. With amazing stories, performances and a few surprises, the whole family is in for a treat with David and the Dame.”
David will interview Dame Shirley in a candid walk through her career, from little known stories to highlights from her incredible music career to date. He will talk to her about how the little girl from Tiger Bay grew up to became one of the most celebrated and iconic voices of the past sixty years. Thanks to hard graft and her spectacular talent, she went from a teenager singing in rowdy working men’s clubs to signing her first artist contract at age 16, to breaking America before the Beatles and performing for royalty.
“David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey” is produced by King Bert Productions for BBC One. It is commissioned by Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning and Rachel Ashdown, Commissioning Editor for BBC Entertainment. The executive producers are Jo Sargent and Lisa Clark; the producers are Steve Lappin and Madeline Addy and the director is Steve Smith.