Dame Shirley Bassey - The Girl from Tiger Bay

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imagine..., Winter 2009 Episode 2 of 6

Duration: 55 minutes

Alan Yentob gains an insight into the creative world of Shirley Bassey. After a triumphant Glastonbury appearance and a major illness at the age of 72, Dame Shirley looks back on her career.

Some of the best contemporary songwriters, including Gary Barlow, The Pet Shop Boys, Manic Street Preachers, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Hawley and KT Tunstall, along with the late James Bond composer John Barry and lyricist Don Black, have interpreted her life through song for a new album produced by David Arnold.

The story of Dame Shirley's life and career, complete with archive of her greatest performances, reveals what makes her a music legend.

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Alan Yentob
Dione Newton
Dione Newton
Executive Producer
Janet Lee
Executive Producer
Mark Cooper
Series Editor
Alan Yentob


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