David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey


David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey

Viewers are invited to join Dame Shirley Bassey for a special night of entertainment, ahead of her 80th birthday. The event is hosted by comedian David Walliams.


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Dame Shirley?

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Mr Walliams, we're ready for you now.

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Oh, no.

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We're wearing the same dress!

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Well, you know what this means...

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You're going to have to get changed.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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It's not every night you get to share the stage

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with a living legend, a icon, a true national treasure,

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but tonight, for Dame Shirley Bassey,

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that dream is about to come true.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Dame Shirley Bassey!

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CHEERING

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MUSIC: Goldfinger

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# Goldfinger

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# He's the man

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# The man with the Midas touch

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# A spider's touch

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# Such a cold finger

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# Beckons you to enter his web of sin

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# But don't go in

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# Golden words he will pour in your ear

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# But his lies can't disguise what you fear

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# For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her

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# It's a kiss of death

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# From Mr Goldfinger

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# Pretty girl Beware of his heart of gold

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# His heart is cold

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# Golden words he will pour in your ear

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# But his lies can't disguise what you fear

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# For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her

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# It's the kiss of death

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# From Mr Goldfinger

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# Pretty girl Beware of his heart of gold

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# His heart is cold

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# He loves only gold

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# Only gold

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# He loves gold

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# He loves only gold

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# Only gold

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# He loves gold. #

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CHEERING

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Dame Shirley, please, come and join me.

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Please.

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Thank you so much.

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Thank you so much. Please.

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SHE SIGHS

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Excuse my legs.

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Now unbelievably, in a couple of weeks,

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it's going to be your 80th birthday.

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-CHEERING

-Amazing, isn't it?

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What are you going to do to celebrate?

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I'm taking my family to Mexico.

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Oh. When are we all going?

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Did I say you were part of the family?

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I was there for your 79th, though.

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-With Dale Winton.

-Yes.

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-That was a camp evening, wasn't it?

-Yes.

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Well, it's been an incredible journey for you.

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Let's take a look back and remind ourselves of your glittering career.

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Let's watch those 80 years in just 80 seconds.

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A very good evening to you all, ladies and gentlemen.

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We present the sounds of Shirley Bassey.

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# I'm coming up

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# So you better get this party started

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# I'm coming up... #

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There is nothing I appreciate more than a good song.

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# Kiss me, honey honey, kiss me

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# Thrill me, honey honey... #

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It is fantastic.

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# Don't care even if I blow my top

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# But honey honey

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# Don't stop... #

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# Diamonds are forever

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# Hold one up and then caress it

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# Touch it, stroke it and address it... #

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I must say, that's the first time

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I'd seen a dress that's been backcombed.

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LAUGHTER

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# ..right in the heart to hurt me... #

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Which one of my songs makes you cry?

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Hey Big Spender.

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# Hey big spender... #

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You mean you want more?

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# Hey big spender

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# Spend

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# A little time with me. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Wow.

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I would say to you... stick with the singing.

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Yeah, day job, yeah.

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Maybe in a couple of years, try out for X Factor.

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If that doesn't work out, there's always The Voice.

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You are one of the most influential artists of all time.

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You've sold over 140 million records.

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WHOOPING AND APPLAUSE

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That is just this morning.

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You've sung for Presidents, prime ministers, and even the Queen.

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Where did it all go wrong?

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SHE LAUGHS

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Did you ever think you could ever have such a glittering career?

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No, not at all.

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So when you started out, what were your expectations?

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None whatsoever. I just enjoyed singing.

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I never thought that I would get this far

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and become a dame on top of that.

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That's an incredible achievement.

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Now, Goldfinger is one of the most famous songs ever written.

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Do you still get goose bumps singing it?

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Yes, I do, and it's a little terrifying,

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because, you know, I know that note is coming at the end

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and it is very nerve-racking.

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Am I going to make that note?

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When you recorded the song,

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the story is that you actually passed out

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while singing that final note.

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-Is that true?

-Not quite. I did go blue in the face, though.

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I did, yes, because I had to hold the note until the credits finished.

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And John Barry was saying, "Hold it! Hold it!"

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"Mmm..."

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Would you ever consider singing a fourth Bond song?

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-Yes, why not?

-I'd love that.

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CHEERING

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Now, over the years, you've influenced so many singers,

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but you've actually influenced me, also, in my career.

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Let's just take a look at this.

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LAUGHTER

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It's hard to tell, isn't it? But that actually you on the left...

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SHE LAUGHS

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Now, Dame Shirley, you're famed for your dresses.

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I think you've probably even got more dresses than I have.

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Probably!

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Have you ever had any embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions onstage?

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LAUGHING: Yes.

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Apart from tonight.

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Yeah.

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A strap went on my gown and I quickly put my hand there,

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because they didn't want to expose myself, you know?

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And the woman in the front was like,

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"Oh, my God, she's having a heart attack!"

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Well, it's time now for another song,

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so if you wouldn't mind taking to the stage, thank you very much.

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APPLAUSE

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Ladies and gentlemen, this is I'm Still Here.

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MUSIC: I'm Still Here

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# Good times and bad times

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# I've seen them all and my dear

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# I'm still here

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# Plush velvet sometimes

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# Sometimes just crisps and a beer

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# And I'm here

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# I've stuffed the dailies in my shoes

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# Strummed ukuleles, sung the blues

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# Seen all my dreams disappear

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# And I'm here

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# I've been to Reno

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# I've been through Beverly Hills

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# And I'm here

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# Plenty of vino

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# Rest cures, religion and pills

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# And I'm here

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# I've had my moments with the best

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# Watched while the headlines did the rest

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# I should have gone to a different school

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# That seems clear

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# I met a big financier

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# And I'm here

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# I've listened to

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# "Hey, lady, aren't you what's-her-name?"

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# "Wow, what a looker you were"

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# Or, better yet

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# "Didn't you used to be what's-her-name?"

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# "Whatever happened to her?"

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# Black sable one day

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# Next day it all disappears

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# And I'm here

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# Top billing Monday

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# Tuesday, you live your worst fears

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# And I'm here

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# I've run the gamut A to Z

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# Three cheers and dammit

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# C'est la vie

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# I got through all of last year

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# And I'm here

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# Lord knows, at least I was there

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# Now I'm here

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# Look who's here

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# I'm still...

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# Here. #

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Thank you.

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Earlier this week, Dame Shirley and I met up

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to talk about her life, her career,

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and also to look at her iconic show gowns.

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Good afternoon.

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-So your gowns are just through here.

-Yes.

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Can I try any on, or is that...?

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Er...you can...

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See, I'm a size eight.

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Um, sorry. No, no, no.

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-Oh, this is absolutely beautiful.

-They will be much too big for you.

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This is for the opening of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

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I was falling asleep one night and I was wondering what to wear,

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and I sat bolt upright, like, "Eureka!"

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And I called my friend,

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who has made a few gowns for me in the past, Sarah Perceval.

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And I said, "Sarah, can you get two Welsh flags

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"and put them together and make a gown?"

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She said, "Well, I'll try."

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And she's done a wonderful job.

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So please talk us through this very understated number.

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So when did you wear this?

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I wore this at Glastonbury Festival.

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# The minute you walked in the joint

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# I could see you were a man of distinction

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# A real big spender... #

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'It was made by Julien MacDonald.'

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Look at these diamonds. I mean, the details are just incredible.

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I know. It's beautiful.

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# Hey big spender

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# Spend

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# A little time with me

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# Me! #

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CHEERING

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And came on in the finale with the coat over it.

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"I am what I am."

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HE LAUGHS

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I love that! That is the campest thing I've ever seen.

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-And I've seen some camp things in my life.

-I bet.

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-May I try it on?

-Yes, you may.

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And do you wear this to the local supermarket?

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-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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-Just in case no-one recognises you.

-Of course.

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# I have come for some yoghurt. #

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SHE LAUGHS "I want attention!" Yeah.

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-CROWD:

-Shirley! Shirley! Shirley! Shirley!

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What was so inspired with this gown and coat

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is that they were teamed with these fantastic wellies.

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-If you've been to Glastonbury, it's mud.

-I have.

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I think, when I saw you wear those, I really thought,

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"Oh, she's got a terrific sense of humour."

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OK. So the last one we have here...

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-I recognise this as your iconic Oscars dress.

-Yes.

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Made by Isabel Christianson for the Oscars, Goldfinger.

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I loved it. And so did the audience, it was so apt for the Oscars.

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This is glamour, this is magic, this is the stage,

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this is what people want to see.

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Is it very important to you,

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and would you find it hard to perform

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if you didn't have one of these fabulous frocks on?

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Yes, because that inspires me, when I realise how I started.

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I turned up for my first show and the director said,

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"Where's your gown?"

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And I said, "Oh, you didn't tell me I had to have a gown."

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And somebody loaned me a long fishnet skirt

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and somebody else loaned me a strapless merry widow,

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which, in those days, was an undergarment.

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And I used it as the top.

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And I had one of those elastic belts,

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and I did a top note at the end of the song,

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and the belt came undone and the skirt started to drop

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and I grabbed it and ran offstage, only to be told off...

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"Next time, you stay onstage and let it drop!"

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LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

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Is there a favourite?

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No. They are all my children

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and I have children and I never had a favourite.

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CHEERING

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That was in the glamorous surroundings of the Ritz hotel.

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Unfortunately, the Swindon Travelodge was fully booked.

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-Now, you're renowned for your love of diamonds.

-Yes.

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And you did have a dress that was made up of 150,000 crystals.

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Well...

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..you may be wondering what's in this box.

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We have had this dress flown in specially

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all the way from a museum in Vienna.

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-Oh, my...!

-And it weighs...an absolute tonne.

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Oh, my God! Baby, come to Momma!

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DAVID LAUGHS

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-Now...

-Oh, wow.

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-..this...

-So heavy!

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-It's like a suit of armour, isn't it?

-Yes.

-Incredible.

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Now, this was made for you in 1955.

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Was it, in fact, the very first dress that was made for you?

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Yes, yes.

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I think we've got a picture of you being fitted for it.

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Wow... Absolutely gorgeous. We had it flown over specially.

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Wow, I appreciate that. Thank you so much.

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Well, unfortunately, we can't keep it.

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Mwah, mwah...!

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LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE I want it back!

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-I want it back.

-Come on.

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Come on.

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Let me put it back in the box. Absolutely beautiful.

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Now, of course, you're used to wearing dresses like this

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and playing venues like the Royal Albert Hall.

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How was it performing for some mud-soaked teenagers

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at Glastonbury Festival?

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It was incredible. It really was incredible.

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They rolled out a red carpet for you.

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-Yes.

-Is this something that you ask for?

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No. Of course, the press said, "She's a diva,

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"she asked for a red carpet."

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But how am I going to get from the dressing room to the stage

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with all that mud?

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And trailing my gown? No...!

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No, so THEY put the red carpet down from me.

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So you're not a diva.

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No, no way.

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-LAUGHING:

-You've never...?

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Diva, you have to have a lot of energy, and it's wasted.

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-I'd rather put it into my performance.

-Well...

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CHEERING

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I'm not so sure about that.

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Because this is what happened when our producer was summoned

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to a hotel suite to meet your personal assistant.

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HE CLEARS HIS THROAT

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Apologies for keeping you waiting for three hours,

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but, as you can understand, I am a very busy man.

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Yes. Hello. I'm Helen. I'm...

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I'm producing the Dame Shirley Bassey special.

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And I'm the Dame's personal PA assistant.

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I'm here to make sure everything is EXACTLY how she wants it.

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Of course.

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Now, what meal will you be serving the Dame upon arrival at studio?

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Some smoked salmon sandwiches and a mixed fruit platter.

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The Dame will only eat

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a family-sized bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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OK. Well, I'll make sure we have a plate and some cutlery for her.

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She will eat it with her hands

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and then she will wipe her fingertips on the curtains.

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Now, what drink will you be serving Dame Shirley during the show?

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Well, we know Dame Shirley is partial

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to a glass of vintage champagne.

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-She does not want to get drunk while she's working.

-Oh...

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So please just order in a 12-pack of Tennent's Super.

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OK. Right.

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Here are the songs we'd like Dame Shirley to sing.

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Of course, Goldfinger.

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No.

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-OK. The Lady is a Tramp?

-No.

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-Kiss Me, Honey Honey, Kiss Me?

-No!

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-Something?

-No.

-I Have Nothing?

-No.

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-This Is My Life?

-No.

-I Am What I Am?

-No!

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What will she be singing?

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Gangnam Style.

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-Gangnam Style?

-Gangnam Style.

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And what else?

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Just Gangnam Style.

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OK, well, it's an hour-long show.

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We were hoping she would sing at least eight songs.

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I understand. Then she will sing Gangnam Style eight times.

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OK. Um... She's so famous for her Bond themes.

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Can't she sing one of those?

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Dame Shirley Bassey is off Bond themes.

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But she has recently recorded

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an album of children's TV show themes.

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She covers all the classics -

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the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, ThunderCats, Rentaghost,

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and she does a very moving rendition of Grange Hill.

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# Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo... #

0:21:000:21:02

I mean, I can't really do it justice.

0:21:020:21:05

OK, well, we don't want Gangnam Style eight times.

0:21:050:21:07

Could she sing one of those?

0:21:070:21:09

I can try and persuade her to sing ThunderCats.

0:21:100:21:12

Can I please speak to Dame Shirley direct?

0:21:120:21:15

She is a very busy woman.

0:21:150:21:18

But I can try.

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HE KNOCKS

0:21:230:21:24

Dame Shirley?

0:21:240:21:26

# Thunder, Thunder, ThunderCats! #

0:21:260:21:30

I'm sorry, darling, I'm rehearsing. Please go away.

0:21:300:21:33

# Thunder, Thunder, Thunder...

0:21:330:21:36

# Cats! #

0:21:360:21:39

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:21:390:21:41

I really think you could have a hit with ThunderCats.

0:21:440:21:49

Do me a favour...!

0:21:500:21:51

Now, of course, one of the things that people love about you

0:21:510:21:54

is you've never taken yourself too seriously

0:21:540:21:57

and you've worked with many comedy greats over the years.

0:21:570:22:00

One of the most iconic moments of television

0:22:000:22:02

is also one of my favourite sketches of all time.

0:22:020:22:04

This is Dame Shirley Bassey entertaining millions of viewers

0:22:040:22:09

with Morecambe and Wise in their 1971 Christmas special.

0:22:090:22:12

# They asked me how I knew

0:22:120:22:18

# My true love was true

0:22:180:22:22

# I of course replied

0:22:250:22:28

# Something deep inside

0:22:280:22:31

# Cannot be denied

0:22:310:22:35

# So I chaffed them and I gaily laughed

0:22:360:22:41

# To think they could doubt... #

0:22:410:22:44

LAUGHTER

0:22:440:22:46

# Yet today my love flown away

0:22:490:22:55

# So I chaffed... #

0:23:010:23:05

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:23:050:23:08

What are your memories of working with the great Eric and Ernie?

0:23:110:23:14

Wonderful. They were great to work with.

0:23:140:23:17

Now, THEY were not divas.

0:23:170:23:19

Was it hard keeping a straight face with them?

0:23:190:23:21

It was, very difficult.

0:23:210:23:24

It took a lot of rehearsing to do that,

0:23:240:23:30

because I kept breaking up.

0:23:300:23:32

So we had to keep starting over and over again,

0:23:320:23:36

till we got it right, and I think it took a week.

0:23:360:23:40

And did you take a lot of persuading to do the show?

0:23:400:23:43

-Or did you immediately...?

-Oh, gosh, no.

0:23:430:23:45

I jumped at it. Are you kidding? I loved them.

0:23:450:23:49

Well, it's such a golden moment of television.

0:23:490:23:51

Now, of course, you have fans all over the world

0:23:510:23:53

and many of them are in the audience tonight.

0:23:530:23:56

Some of them have even had a special wash just for you.

0:23:560:23:58

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

0:23:580:24:00

But here's what happened

0:24:000:24:02

when your number one fan and her husband

0:24:020:24:04

met you for an interview in your hotel.

0:24:040:24:07

Dame Shirley Bassey.

0:24:070:24:09

May I say, it is a huge honour to meet you, your Dameness.

0:24:140:24:18

Oh, please get up.

0:24:210:24:22

OK. Thanks. Take a seat. Thank you.

0:24:220:24:26

You all right?

0:24:260:24:28

Yes, thank you, very well.

0:24:280:24:29

Um...I'll just start with some questions from my website,

0:24:290:24:32

that I run for you.

0:24:320:24:34

It's called basseyhounds.net.

0:24:340:24:36

Just a play on words,

0:24:360:24:37

because basset hound is a kind of dog and...

0:24:370:24:39

My name reminds you of a dog?

0:24:390:24:42

Now, it has been rumoured that you've had many romances

0:24:420:24:46

with some celebrities over the years.

0:24:460:24:48

You don't need to tell me their names,

0:24:480:24:50

but just give me a wink.

0:24:500:24:52

So here we go.

0:24:520:24:53

Tom Jones.

0:24:530:24:55

Neil Diamond.

0:24:550:24:56

Sean Connery.

0:24:560:24:57

Alan Titchmarsh.

0:24:570:24:59

Peter Andre. Hmm.

0:25:000:25:02

-Mr T?

-There was a blink there.

0:25:030:25:06

Just...my eyes were stinging.

0:25:060:25:08

-What was that for?

-Peter Andre and Mr T, I think.

0:25:080:25:11

Ooh, both of them?

0:25:110:25:13

I don't think so.

0:25:130:25:15

Moving on. Now you're wearing some beautiful jewellery, might I say.

0:25:150:25:19

Do you buy your jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos?

0:25:190:25:24

What we call "Argoose".

0:25:260:25:28

-No?

-No.

-Too expensive for her.

0:25:280:25:31

So, next question - who is the most famous person that you have met?

0:25:310:25:36

JFK.

0:25:360:25:37

SHE GASPS

0:25:370:25:39

I suppose everyone really met him, didn't they? Is there anyone else?

0:25:390:25:41

Frank Sinatra.

0:25:410:25:43

More famous still?

0:25:430:25:45

The Queen?

0:25:450:25:47

-More famous than that?

-Yeah.

0:25:470:25:48

-Ever met Gloria Hunniford?

-Yes.

0:25:490:25:52

OK. She's met Gloria Hunniford.

0:25:520:25:53

Now, Your Damelihood,

0:25:530:25:56

we would just like to say thank you for the interview

0:25:560:25:59

and also happy birthday!

0:25:590:26:01

Go get the big gift, Clive.

0:26:010:26:03

Oh, yeah, yeah. Got a present for you.

0:26:030:26:04

So I'll just give you the little, um...mini ones first.

0:26:050:26:09

This is a mono slipper for while you're watching Antiques Roadshow.

0:26:090:26:13

Thank you.

0:26:150:26:16

MOBILITY SCOOTER HORN BEEPS

0:26:180:26:20

We got you one of these.

0:26:200:26:23

Run it up for you.

0:26:230:26:25

Do you want a quick go on it? It's very simple. That's forward.

0:26:250:26:29

My God!

0:26:290:26:30

Have a quick go.

0:26:300:26:31

APPLAUSE

0:26:310:26:33

There you go. All right? That's forward there.

0:26:330:26:36

OK. Ooh...

0:26:370:26:38

SHE CHUCKLES

0:26:390:26:41

-Goodbye.

-Goodbye.

0:26:410:26:43

-APPLAUSE

-Who was that?

0:26:430:26:46

THEY LAUGH

0:26:460:26:48

Thank you for being such a good sport.

0:26:490:26:54

And can we please have the mobility scooter back?

0:26:540:26:57

No, no way!

0:26:570:26:59

I'm going to the supermarket with that, definitely.

0:26:590:27:02

Time now for another performance.

0:27:020:27:04

Dame Shirley, if you'd like to take to the stage.

0:27:040:27:07

With her incredible version of 'S Wonderful, this is,

0:27:070:27:10

of course, Dame Shirley Bassey!

0:27:100:27:12

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:27:120:27:15

MUSIC: 'S Wonderful

0:27:150:27:17

# 'S wonderful

0:27:250:27:27

# 'S marvellous

0:27:270:27:30

# You should care for me

0:27:300:27:33

# It's awful nice

0:27:340:27:37

# It's paradise

0:27:370:27:40

# It's what I love to see

0:27:400:27:44

# You've made my life so glamorous

0:27:440:27:50

# You can't blame me for feeling amorous

0:27:500:27:54

# Oh, it's wonderful

0:27:540:27:57

# It's marvellous

0:27:570:28:00

# That you should care for me

0:28:000:28:03

# 'S wonderful

0:28:120:28:15

# 'S marvellous

0:28:150:28:18

# You should care for me

0:28:180:28:22

# It's awful nice

0:28:220:28:25

# It's paradise

0:28:250:28:27

# It's what I long to see

0:28:270:28:34

# You made

0:28:350:28:38

# My life so glamorous

0:28:380:28:44

# You can't blame me for feeling

0:28:440:28:49

# Amorous

0:28:490:28:52

# Oh, it's wonderful

0:28:520:28:55

# It's marvellous

0:28:570:29:03

# That you should care for

0:29:030:29:08

# I say a prayer for

0:29:080:29:12

# That you should care

0:29:120:29:15

# For me. #

0:29:150:29:23

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:29:290:29:34

Thank you.

0:29:400:29:41

Whoo!

0:29:410:29:42

That was amazing.

0:29:470:29:50

Amazing, Dame Shirley.

0:29:500:29:52

Nearly as good as when I sing it.

0:29:530:29:56

Now, over the years you've duetted with many famous stars -

0:29:560:30:00

Tom Jones, Andy Williams, Dean Martin - but it was a performance

0:30:000:30:04

with Neil Diamond on your 1970 show which still stands out.

0:30:040:30:07

Let's see why.

0:30:070:30:09

# And what was right

0:30:100:30:12

# Became me

0:30:140:30:18

# You are the sun

0:30:200:30:23

# I am the moon

0:30:230:30:25

# You are the words

0:30:250:30:26

# I am the tune

0:30:260:30:29

# Play me... #

0:30:290:30:31

WHOOPING AND APPLAUSE

0:30:360:30:38

The atmosphere there is electric.

0:30:420:30:46

Was there a little moment between you and Neil Diamond?

0:30:460:30:50

Yes. His diamond necklace. Oh!

0:30:500:30:53

That's what you were staring at?

0:30:530:30:54

That's what I was staring at.

0:30:540:30:56

That's what I was singing to. It was GORGEOUS.

0:30:560:30:59

You weren't looking into his eyes, you were looking at his diamond?

0:30:590:31:01

No, I was looking at his diamonds.

0:31:010:31:03

What about that strange bulge he has in his...red Lycra outfit?

0:31:050:31:09

David! Behave!

0:31:090:31:12

Does he still wear that on stage?

0:31:120:31:14

I don't know!

0:31:140:31:16

I don't know. I was looking at his diamonds.

0:31:160:31:18

I think you were looking at his crown jewels.

0:31:210:31:23

That's what you were looking at.

0:31:230:31:25

LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE

0:31:250:31:29

Before Dame Shirley performs another very special number

0:31:340:31:37

for us all, here's what's still to come on the show tonight.

0:31:370:31:41

Now listen here, you lot. I've come here tonight to sing for you.

0:31:420:31:46

She doesn't have the range. I love her to bits

0:31:460:31:48

-but she doesn't have the range.

-I'm basically very shy.

0:31:480:31:51

The only way to get over it when I was a kid was to sing.

0:31:510:31:55

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:31:550:31:58

Ladies and gentlemen, joining Dame Shirley Bassey for the next

0:31:580:32:01

performance, please welcome the fabulous Blake.

0:32:010:32:04

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:32:040:32:08

# Anything you can do I can do better

0:32:110:32:15

# I can do anything better than you

0:32:150:32:18

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:32:180:32:20

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:32:200:32:22

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:32:220:32:23

# Yes, I can

0:32:230:32:26

# Anything you can be I can be greater

0:32:260:32:28

# Sooner or later we're greater than you

0:32:280:32:31

-# No, you're not

-Yes, I am

0:32:310:32:33

-# No, you're not

-Yes, I am

0:32:330:32:35

-# No, you're not

-Yes, I am

0:32:350:32:36

# Yes, we are

0:32:360:32:38

# I can shoot a partridge with a single cartridge

0:32:380:32:42

# I can get a sparrow with my bow and arrow

0:32:420:32:45

# I can live on bread and cheese... #

0:32:450:32:48

-Only on that? ALL:

-Sure.

0:32:480:32:50

So can a rat.

0:32:500:32:52

# Any note you can reach I can go higher

0:32:520:32:55

# I can reach any note higher than you

0:32:550:32:58

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:32:580:33:01

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:33:010:33:02

ALL: # No, you can't

0:33:020:33:06

HIGH-PITCHED: # Yes

0:33:060:33:07

# I

0:33:070:33:10

# Can... #

0:33:100:33:14

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:33:140:33:18

# I say tomato

0:33:180:33:19

# I say potato

0:33:190:33:20

# Anything you can sing we can sing softer

0:33:200:33:24

# I can sing anything softer than you

0:33:240:33:27

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:33:270:33:28

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:33:280:33:30

# No, you can't

0:33:300:33:31

# Yes, I can, yes, I can

0:33:310:33:34

# We can drink our liquor faster than a flicker

0:33:340:33:37

# I can drink it quicker and get even sicker

0:33:370:33:40

# I can open any safe... #

0:33:400:33:44

-Without getting caught? ALL:

-Sure.

0:33:440:33:46

That's what I thought.

0:33:460:33:47

You crook!

0:33:470:33:49

LAUGHTER

0:33:490:33:50

# Any note you can hold I can hold longer

0:33:500:33:54

# I can hold any note longer than you

0:33:540:33:56

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:33:560:33:58

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:33:580:34:00

-# No, you can't

-Yes, I can

0:34:000:34:02

# Yes

0:34:020:34:03

# I ca-a-a-a-a-a-an... #

0:34:030:34:11

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:34:110:34:14

She won. She won.

0:34:140:34:15

# Anything you can say I can say faster

0:34:180:34:22

# I can say anything faster than you... #

0:34:220:34:24

-No, you can't.

-Yes, I can.

0:34:240:34:26

-No, you can't.

-Yes, I can.

-No, you can't.

-Yes, I can.

-No, you can't.

0:34:260:34:28

-Yes, I can.

-No, no...

0:34:280:34:29

# No, you can't

0:34:290:34:31

# I can jump a hurdle

0:34:310:34:33

# I can wear a girdle

0:34:330:34:35

# I can knit a sweater

0:34:350:34:36

# I can wear it better

0:34:360:34:38

# I can do most anything... #

0:34:380:34:41

-Can you bake a pie? ALL:

-No.

0:34:410:34:43

Neither can I!

0:34:430:34:45

# Any note you can sing I can sing sweeter

0:34:450:34:48

# I can sing any note sweeter than you

0:34:480:34:51

# No, you can't

0:34:510:34:55

# Yes, I can

0:34:550:34:59

# No, you can't

0:34:590:35:02

# Yes, I can

0:35:020:35:05

# No, you can't

0:35:050:35:07

# Yes, I can

0:35:070:35:09

# No, you can't

0:35:090:35:10

# Yes, I can

0:35:100:35:12

# No, I can't, can't, can't

0:35:120:35:16

# Yes, I can, can, c-a-a-an

0:35:160:35:22

# Yes

0:35:220:35:25

# I ca-a-a-n. #

0:35:250:35:31

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:35:310:35:35

APPLAUSE DROWNS SPEECH

0:35:370:35:40

Thank you. Thank you.

0:35:430:35:45

Thank you very much to the fabulous Blake there.

0:35:540:36:00

I know you guys are done now but can you just hold back on the

0:36:000:36:03

buffet until we're all there?

0:36:030:36:05

-Yeah, sure.

-Thank you.

0:36:050:36:06

Now, when we met earlier this week I asked Dame Shirley all about

0:36:060:36:10

growing up in Tiger Bay.

0:36:100:36:12

-David!

-Thank you so much.

0:36:190:36:21

How are you?

0:36:210:36:22

I'm well.

0:36:220:36:23

I'm so excited to be talking to you. Please, have a seat.

0:36:230:36:26

So, Dame Shirley, there's still not very much known about you.

0:36:280:36:32

How have you kept your life so private?

0:36:320:36:35

Believe it or not, I'm basically very shy.

0:36:350:36:38

The only way to get over it when I was a kid

0:36:380:36:40

was to sing.

0:36:400:36:42

That's when I thought, "That's what I'm going to do.

0:36:420:36:45

"I want to do that."

0:36:450:36:46

When did you first discover music and when did you first know

0:36:460:36:49

you had a great singing voice?

0:36:490:36:51

My brother was a record collector then. He was the music man.

0:36:510:36:55

Into jazz he was. He and I would do a duet.

0:36:550:36:59

I would be Sarah Vaughan and he would be Billy Eckstine.

0:36:590:37:02

# Believe me... #

0:37:020:37:03

What were the songs?

0:37:030:37:05

# If I told a lie

0:37:050:37:08

# If I made you cry

0:37:080:37:12

# When I said goodbye

0:37:120:37:15

# I'm sorry... #

0:37:150:37:18

And it drove my sisters mad.

0:37:180:37:22

"Mum, Shirley's singing again!"

0:37:220:37:25

"Take her out of the room!"

0:37:260:37:28

# You only... #

0:37:280:37:31

When did you realise you had a special gift?

0:37:310:37:34

When I was singing outside a pub, I think I was 12, 13.

0:37:340:37:39

I couldn't go inside so I sang outside with a hat!

0:37:390:37:43

You were on your own or with your family?

0:37:430:37:45

No, I was on my own. The pub was just across the road.

0:37:450:37:48

What were you singing at that time?

0:37:480:37:50

# Jezebel... #

0:37:500:37:53

Just that one word over and over again?

0:37:550:37:57

No, I sang the whole song!

0:37:570:37:59

I don't remember the words now.

0:37:590:38:02

You're talking about busking outside a pub.

0:38:020:38:05

But there was a moment further on when you were maybe 17 when

0:38:050:38:09

you were spotted by your first manager, Michael Sullivan.

0:38:090:38:13

Yes. He said he could make me a star.

0:38:130:38:15

We got to blows because he wanted to change my name.

0:38:160:38:19

I said, "But if I change my name and I become famous, nobody will

0:38:190:38:23

"know who I am!"

0:38:230:38:24

It's difficult to think of a more showbiz name than Shirley Bassey.

0:38:240:38:28

Well, Betty Bassey?

0:38:280:38:30

I don't remember.

0:38:310:38:33

But I was dead set against it.

0:38:330:38:36

I'm glad that I did put my foot down.

0:38:360:38:39

Was there someone at that time who was an influence upon you?

0:38:390:38:43

Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan

0:38:430:38:47

and Ella Fitzgerald. I met them all.

0:38:470:38:50

But Judy and I, we became friends.

0:38:500:38:54

# I was... #

0:38:540:38:56

She used to meet me years later at the stage door

0:38:560:38:59

with a bottle of wine

0:38:590:39:01

in this big limo and then we'd go to a nightclub.

0:39:010:39:06

But on the way we drank this bottle of Liebfraumilch that she liked

0:39:060:39:09

very much.

0:39:090:39:11

There's lots of stories about playing these really hostile

0:39:110:39:14

theatres, playing the Glasgow Empire.

0:39:140:39:17

Well, they purposely sent me up to Glasgow but did not tell me

0:39:170:39:21

that they were a tough crowd.

0:39:210:39:23

I was in the dressing room and I could hear some noise over

0:39:230:39:28

the Tannoy and it's the balancing act

0:39:280:39:30

and they were booing and calling out.

0:39:300:39:33

"Fall off!"

0:39:330:39:36

And, of course, he's got his wife on his shoulders...

0:39:360:39:38

HE LAUGHS

0:39:380:39:40

They were willing people to fail?

0:39:400:39:42

Exactly. I went on stage and I'm singing

0:39:420:39:45

# I've got you under my skin... #

0:39:450:39:50

Then suddenly a voice says, "Take it off. Take it all off. Strip."

0:39:500:39:54

HE LAUGHS

0:39:540:39:56

I put my hands on my hips and I said, "Now listen here, you lot.

0:39:560:40:00

"I've come here tonight to sing for you,

0:40:000:40:03

"and if you don't like it, then I'll go home.

0:40:030:40:06

"But give me a chance."

0:40:060:40:08

There was silence.

0:40:080:40:10

And I looked at the music director and... "Yeah, let's go."

0:40:100:40:13

And they were fantastic. And ever since...

0:40:130:40:16

-You just had to show them who was boss.

-Glasgow's become a...

0:40:160:40:19

Well, nobody fought back before.

0:40:190:40:21

This is what I was told.

0:40:210:40:23

It was fantastic.

0:40:230:40:25

Has it ever failed you, your voice?

0:40:250:40:27

Yes. Very badly.

0:40:290:40:32

Um...

0:40:320:40:33

After my daughter died, Samantha.

0:40:330:40:37

It was just devastating.

0:40:370:40:39

And I went home

0:40:410:40:43

and a week of being alone...

0:40:430:40:47

I woke up one day and I said, "I have to go back on stage.

0:40:470:40:51

"This is k... This is k..."

0:40:510:40:53

I don't know what I would have done with myself.

0:40:530:40:56

And then came the show.

0:40:570:40:58

And I walked on the stage and I opened my mouth to sing Goldfinger

0:40:580:41:02

and nothing came out. It was like...

0:41:020:41:04

WHISPERS: Gold...

0:41:040:41:06

And what had happened was instead of staying at home and grieving

0:41:060:41:11

and getting it out of my system that way,

0:41:110:41:14

I was singing it through the songs

0:41:140:41:16

and probably wasn't breathing in the right places

0:41:160:41:20

and panicking probably, you know.

0:41:200:41:22

Six months I couldn't sing at all.

0:41:220:41:25

And then a vocal coach, Helena Shenel, who I thank so much...

0:41:260:41:31

I just worked with Helena doing these vocal exercises,

0:41:310:41:35

strengthening my vocal cords.

0:41:350:41:36

And at the end of the year she said,

0:41:360:41:39

"You know, I've discovered you have another...another octave

0:41:390:41:44

"that you never use.

0:41:440:41:46

"I've never heard you sing that high."

0:41:460:41:48

And she did my spirit the world of good, and my soul, and...

0:41:480:41:53

I went back on stage.

0:41:530:41:55

What is your favourite of your recordings?

0:41:550:41:57

How Do You Keep The Music Playing?

0:41:590:42:02

It is so beautiful.

0:42:020:42:05

You listen to the words. "How do you keep the music playing?"

0:42:050:42:08

# How do you make it last?

0:42:090:42:15

# How do you keep the song

0:42:160:42:19

# From fading so fast? #

0:42:190:42:25

And it fits, you know, cos how DO you keep the music playing?

0:42:250:42:29

How do you keep on?

0:42:290:42:31

That, for me, is my song.

0:42:310:42:34

And do you sometimes get too emotional to actually...?

0:42:340:42:37

Yes, I had to take it out because it made me so emotional.

0:42:370:42:41

My childhood - you know, growing up in poverty,

0:42:410:42:45

not knowing where the next meal would come from -

0:42:450:42:48

and my life story within those songs.

0:42:480:42:51

# How do you lose yourself to someone? #

0:42:510:42:58

-Do you ever think, "Where did this gift come from?"

-Yes.

0:42:580:43:01

I bombarded my mother with questions,

0:43:010:43:03

because none of my siblings sang.

0:43:030:43:06

So I really don't know where this talent comes from.

0:43:060:43:10

APPLAUSE

0:43:120:43:16

So, you went from humble beginnings to enjoy huge success.

0:43:200:43:24

You burst onto the scene with your very first single aged just 19.

0:43:240:43:27

To put it in perspective, when I was 19,

0:43:270:43:29

I was eating Pot Noodle and watching Kilroy.

0:43:290:43:32

-LAUGHTER

-Now, what was it like becoming

0:43:320:43:34

so famous so young?

0:43:340:43:36

You know, I loved the adventure of it, travelling around.

0:43:360:43:40

And I got to sing as well. You know, I loved it.

0:43:400:43:43

I loved every moment of it.

0:43:430:43:45

And this year actually marks 60 years since you released

0:43:450:43:48

your very first single, Burn My Candle.

0:43:480:43:51

And we have a clip. I don't think you've seen it for a long time.

0:43:510:43:55

This is your very, very first television appearance

0:43:550:43:58

way back in 1956.

0:43:580:43:59

-Oh, no.

-Let's see how it all began.

0:43:590:44:01

# Who's got a match for strikin'?

0:44:010:44:04

# Don't say, "It all depends"

0:44:040:44:07

# Who wants to help me burn my candle

0:44:070:44:10

# At both ends?

0:44:100:44:13

# Who'd like to play with fire

0:44:130:44:16

# As Satan recommends?

0:44:160:44:18

# Who wants to help me burn my candle

0:44:180:44:21

# At both ends?

0:44:210:44:23

APPLAUSE

0:44:230:44:26

I think what a lot of our younger viewers won't know was that song

0:44:300:44:33

-was actually banned for its suggestive lyrics.

-Yes, it was.

0:44:330:44:37

But I didn't know...

0:44:370:44:39

-You had no idea?

-I had no idea what I was singing about.

0:44:390:44:41

What did you think you were singing about?

0:44:410:44:43

I thought I was singing a Disney song.

0:44:430:44:45

LAUGHTER

0:44:450:44:47

-It was a very innocent time then, wasn't it?

-It was.

0:44:470:44:50

So we're going to have a look at those lyrics in detail

0:44:500:44:53

with the help of one of Britain's leading thespians, Simon Callow.

0:44:530:44:58

"Who's got a good ignition waiting for dividends?

0:44:580:45:01

"Who wants to help me burn my candle at both ends?

0:45:010:45:06

"It may not last but it's all in the game, my friend,

0:45:060:45:09

"and while it burns, what a fabulous flame!

0:45:090:45:13

"Who has an inhibition? Who has a notch that's on the handle?

0:45:130:45:17

"Open my door and spurn the scandal!

0:45:170:45:22

"Who wants to help me burn my candle...

0:45:220:45:26

"at both ends?"

0:45:260:45:27

LAUGHTER

0:45:270:45:29

APPLAUSE

0:45:290:45:31

It's actually sexier when Simon Callow does it.

0:45:340:45:36

-Yes, it is.

-But I...

-Now I know what it's about.

0:45:360:45:40

-Really?

-LAUGHTER

0:45:400:45:41

Um... Now, the song you're about to sing for us is a real treat,

0:45:410:45:47

because you very rarely perform it.

0:45:470:45:50

-If you'd like to get ready, please.

-Yes.

0:45:500:45:51

Originally a hit in 1963, this is I Who Have Nothing.

0:45:510:45:57

APPLAUSE

0:45:570:45:59

MUSIC INTRO

0:45:590:46:00

# I...

0:46:160:46:17

# I who have nothing

0:46:190:46:21

# I...

0:46:230:46:24

# I who have no-one

0:46:260:46:27

# Adore you

0:46:300:46:33

# And want you so

0:46:330:46:34

# I'm just a no-one

0:46:360:46:38

# With nothing to give you but, oh...

0:46:380:46:42

# I love you

0:46:440:46:45

# You...

0:46:510:46:52

# You buy her diamonds

0:46:540:46:55

# Bright, sparkling diamonds

0:46:580:47:02

# But believe me

0:47:040:47:07

# Dear, when I say

0:47:070:47:09

# That you can give her the world

0:47:110:47:13

# But she'll never love you the way

0:47:130:47:17

# I love you

0:47:190:47:20

# You can take her any place she wants

0:47:260:47:29

# To fancy clubs and restaurants

0:47:290:47:33

# But I can only watch you with

0:47:330:47:36

# My nose pressed up against

0:47:360:47:38

# The windowpane

0:47:380:47:44

# I...

0:47:460:47:47

# I who have nothing

0:47:490:47:51

# I...

0:47:530:47:56

# I who have no-one

0:47:560:47:57

# Must watch you

0:47:590:48:01

# Go dancing by

0:48:030:48:04

# Wrapped in the arms of somebody else

0:48:060:48:09

# When, darling, it is I

0:48:090:48:13

# Who love you... #

0:48:140:48:16

TRUMPET SOLO

0:48:180:48:22

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:48:540:48:57

That was beautiful.

0:49:160:49:17

That was beautiful. Thank you so much.

0:49:170:49:19

Now, Dame Shirley, over 40 years ago

0:49:190:49:22

you were one of the very first artists

0:49:220:49:24

to have their own prime-time variety show on the BBC.

0:49:240:49:28

And you really got around, didn't you? Let's have a look.

0:49:280:49:31

MUSIC: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars

0:49:310:49:34

Incredible stuff!

0:49:560:49:58

Singing on Concorde, under a space rocket, on an oil rig,

0:49:590:50:04

it makes this show look cheap.

0:50:040:50:07

Now, I hate to break it to you, Dame Shirley, but over the years,

0:50:070:50:11

-people have done impressions of you.

-Mm.

0:50:110:50:14

-Yeah, I...

-It's not something I would ever associate myself with,

0:50:140:50:18

but let's have a look at one of the very worst offenders.

0:50:180:50:20

I am the voice of Bond, darling.

0:50:200:50:22

You didn't do 'em all, I did Thunderball.

0:50:220:50:24

I think you're mistaken, darling, that's one of mine.

0:50:240:50:26

What do you think of the more recent efforts though?

0:50:260:50:28

GoldenEye? I love Tina, but she doesn't have the range.

0:50:280:50:31

I'm sorry, Tina, I love you, I adore you, you know I love you,

0:50:310:50:33

but you don't have the range.

0:50:330:50:34

I've met Tina Turner.

0:50:340:50:36

I don't know if you know this,

0:50:360:50:37

but he said I had the greatest voice of my generation.

0:50:370:50:41

-"He"? Tina Turner?

-Yes, Tina Turner.

0:50:410:50:44

I must say, I'm particularly fond of Garbage's The World Is Not Enough.

0:50:440:50:48

Oh, Manson, I love her to bits, but she doesn't have the range.

0:50:480:50:50

-Sheryl Crow?

-She doesn't have the range.

0:50:500:50:52

# Tomorrow never di-eees. #

0:50:520:50:53

There, that's how it should be sung.

0:50:530:50:55

Is there any one you like? What about Gladys Knight?

0:50:550:50:57

She doesn't have the range.

0:50:570:50:59

-Sheena Easton?

-She doesn't have the range.

0:50:590:51:01

-Paul McCartney?

-She doesn't have the range.

0:51:010:51:02

-Shirley Bassey?

-She doesn't have the range.

0:51:020:51:04

I'm sorry, Shirley, I love her to bits,

0:51:040:51:06

-but she doesn't have the range.

-But that's you.

0:51:060:51:08

I don't care, I don't have the range.

0:51:080:51:10

I'm so sorry about that, Dame Shirley.

0:51:140:51:17

Now, what is the range and who has it?

0:51:170:51:21

-Um...Whitney had it.

-Who doesn't have the range?

0:51:210:51:26

-You.

-Me!

0:51:260:51:27

LAUGHTER

0:51:270:51:28

-Now, I'm a huge...

-You are absolutely tone-deaf.

0:51:280:51:31

-Thank you very much.

-You're welcome.

0:51:310:51:34

Very kind of you to say, thank you.

0:51:340:51:36

Now, Dame Shirley, we would love another song from you,

0:51:360:51:41

-so please, would you take to the stage once again?

-Yes.

-Thank you.

0:51:410:51:45

APPLAUSE

0:51:450:51:47

This is The Lady Is A Tramp.

0:51:500:51:53

CHEERING

0:51:530:51:55

# I've wined and dined on mulligan stew

0:52:000:52:03

# And never wished for turkey

0:52:040:52:07

# I've hitched and hiked and drifted too

0:52:090:52:12

# From Maine to Albuquerque

0:52:120:52:15

# Alas, I missed the Beaux Arts Ball

0:52:160:52:20

# And what is twice as sad?

0:52:220:52:26

# I was never at a party where they honoured Noel Coward

0:52:280:52:35

# His social circles move too fast for me

0:52:380:52:40

# My hobohemia is the place to be... #

0:52:430:52:51

BAND KICKS IN

0:52:510:52:53

UP TEMPO: # I get too hungry for dinner at eight

0:52:550:53:00

# I love the theatre but never come late

0:53:010:53:05

# I never bother with people I hate

0:53:060:53:09

# That's why this lady is a tramp

0:53:110:53:13

# I don't like crap games with barons and earls

0:53:160:53:22

# Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls

0:53:220:53:26

# Won't dish the dirt with the rest of them girls

0:53:270:53:31

# That's why this lady is a tramp

0:53:310:53:34

# I like the free, fresh wind in my hair

0:53:360:53:41

# Life without care, I'm broke, that's "oke"

0:53:420:53:47

# Hate California, it's cold and it's damp

0:53:470:53:52

# That's why this lady is a tramp

0:53:520:53:57

# I like the free, fresh wind in my hair

0:53:570:54:05

# Life without care

0:54:080:54:11

# I'm broke, well, that's "oke"

0:54:110:54:14

# Hate California, it's cold and it's damp

0:54:140:54:18

# That's why this lady is a tramp... #

0:54:190:54:22

Whoo!

0:54:230:54:24

# And I love it

0:54:260:54:29

# Yes, I'm a tramp, and I love it

0:54:310:54:37

# And I wish that you were coming my way, yeah

0:54:380:54:42

# I wish that you were coming my way, yeah

0:54:430:54:48

# I wish that you were coming my...

0:54:490:54:53

# Yes, I'm a lady

0:54:530:54:57

# But a tramp. #

0:54:580:55:06

CHEERING

0:55:120:55:14

That was wonderful, thank you so much.

0:55:280:55:30

Please, come and join me.

0:55:300:55:33

I've been missing you. All the way over there.

0:55:330:55:37

Now, I've called you showbiz royalty,

0:55:400:55:43

but you have had a lot of brushes with actual royalty, haven't you?

0:55:430:55:47

Yes.

0:55:470:55:48

You've performed at the Royal Variety Performance

0:55:480:55:51

more than any other artist, 13 times.

0:55:510:55:54

-Mm-hmm.

-You...

0:55:540:55:55

APPLAUSE

0:55:550:55:57

..recently sung at Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration.

0:55:580:56:03

Do you get more nervous performing for Her Majesty?

0:56:030:56:06

Of course, every time, doesn't matter how many times you do it.

0:56:060:56:11

-She's the Queen!

-What do you chat to her about afterwards?

0:56:110:56:14

Because I've had the pleasure of meeting her once or twice,

0:56:140:56:16

and I've been told, "You're not allowed to ask any questions."

0:56:160:56:19

Which makes conversation a little bit tricky.

0:56:190:56:21

Well, I said to her one day, I said, "We're going to Cardiff to

0:56:210:56:28

"open the Millennium Stadium",

0:56:280:56:30

and that was when she was just about to walk away,

0:56:300:56:32

and she stopped and turned round and said, "Yes, we are, aren't we?"

0:56:320:56:38

LAUGHTER

0:56:380:56:40

I burst!

0:56:400:56:42

When she stopped I thought I was going to go to the Tower.

0:56:430:56:47

Now, a huge moment in your life was being made a dame.

0:56:490:56:53

When did you first hear about that?

0:56:530:56:56

-I was in bed.

-With who?

-Alone.

0:56:570:57:01

-No Neil Diamond?

-Unfortunately... No, Neil wasn't there.

0:57:010:57:05

And my manager came in and, uh, tried to wake me up,

0:57:060:57:12

and I said, "Please go away, I need to have more sleep."

0:57:120:57:16

And there was silence, and I thought he'd gone, and a voice said,

0:57:160:57:23

"So you don't want to be a dame?"

0:57:230:57:25

Well, I sat bolt upright! "What did you say?!

0:57:250:57:31

"Yes, I do want to be a dame!"

0:57:310:57:33

It's quite nice, cos it sort of heralds your arrival, doesn't it?

0:57:330:57:35

-Yes.

-"Dame Shirley Bassey!"

0:57:350:57:38

Well, it's better than being "Miss", isn't it, Shirley Bassey?

0:57:380:57:42

Do people often get your name wrong, do they call you...?

0:57:420:57:45

Eh, Dame Bassey, yeah. Lady Bassey.

0:57:450:57:48

-What do they call you in America, do they understand the system?

-No.

0:57:480:57:53

"What is your name?" "Dame Shirley Bassey."

0:57:530:57:56

"What is your first name?"

0:57:560:57:58

"Shirley." "OK, Shelle."

0:57:580:58:00

LAUGHTER

0:58:010:58:03

They do that, you know.

0:58:030:58:05

Are we going to see you back on the road any time soon?

0:58:050:58:09

I don't think so.

0:58:090:58:10

-AUDIENCE:

-Aww.

0:58:100:58:12

Uh, yes, yes!

0:58:120:58:14

CHEERING

0:58:140:58:16

Well...

0:58:180:58:21

I think we'd all love to see you. Sadly, it's the end of the show,

0:58:210:58:24

there is just time for one more performance.

0:58:240:58:28

What have you picked for your final song?

0:58:280:58:31

I'm not telling you, it's a surprise.

0:58:310:58:33

-It's a surprise?

-Yes.

0:58:330:58:35

Well, Dame Shirley, if you would like to take to the stage.

0:58:350:58:38

Thank you very much for tonight.

0:58:380:58:40

You're welcome.

0:58:400:58:42

CHEERING

0:58:420:58:43

Well, ladies and gentlemen,

0:58:480:58:50

this is the final performance of the evening.

0:58:500:58:54

Please, I ask you to be upstanding for Dame Shirley Bassey.

0:58:540:58:57

-AUDIENCE:

-Whoo!

0:58:570:58:59

# I am what I am

0:59:220:59:26

# I am my own special creation

0:59:290:59:35

# So come take a look

0:59:380:59:43

# Give me the hook... or the ov-a-a-tion... #

0:59:450:59:52

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:59:520:59:55

# It's my world that I want to have a little pride in

0:59:561:00:03

# My world

1:00:051:00:08

# But it's not a place I have to hide in

1:00:081:00:15

# Life's not worth a damn till you can say

1:00:191:00:25

# "Hey, world, I am what I am"

1:00:281:00:35

# I am what I am

1:00:421:00:46

# I don't need praise, I don't need pity

1:00:481:00:53

# I'll beat my own drum

1:00:551:00:59

# Some think it's loud, I think it's pretty

1:01:011:01:07

# And so what if I love each feather and each spangle?

1:01:091:01:15

# Why not try and see things from a different angle?

1:01:161:01:24

# Your life is a sham till you can say

1:01:291:01:36

# "Hey, world, I am what I am"

1:01:371:01:45

UP TEMPO: # I am what I am

1:01:491:01:52

# And what I am needs no excuses

1:01:521:01:55

# I'll deal my own deck

1:01:561:02:00

# Sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces

1:02:001:02:05

# It's my life and there's no return and no deposit

1:02:051:02:10

# One life, so it's time to open up your closet

1:02:101:02:18

# Your life is a sham till you can say

1:02:211:02:25

# "Hey, world, I am..."

1:02:271:02:35

# "..what I am." #

1:02:371:02:45

CHEERING

1:02:491:02:51

SHE MOUTHS: Thank you.

1:03:011:03:03

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE CONTINUES

1:03:361:03:39

Thank you so much, that was absolutely wonderful.

1:03:431:03:47

Wonderful. Thank you. Beautiful, thank you.

1:03:471:03:51

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. Dame Shirley Bassey.

1:03:511:03:54

Viewers are invited to join Dame Shirley Bassey for a special night of entertainment, ahead of her 80th birthday. The event is hosted by her great friend, and one of her biggest fans, comedian David Walliams.

The one-off special features a lavish mix of entertainment, comedy, surprises and live music. Dame Shirley performs a selection of her best-loved classics, including Goldfinger and I'm Still Here, backed by a live studio orchestra. She is joined for a special duet by Classical Brit award-winning vocal group Blake.

David interviews Dame Shirley in a walk through her life, from little-known stories to highlights from her music career to date. Dame Shirley also talks about some of her most famous dresses and joins David in some comedy sketches. With archive footage from her early appearances on TV, her headline set at Glastonbury and highlights from The Shirley Bassey Show.