Shirley Bassey: A Special Lady

Radio Times
Review by:
Gill Crawford

“She takes the words of a song and makes them poetry… hers is the voice of happiness, heartache, tenderness and fiery passion… she is what love is all about.” It would be hard for most people to live up to an intro like that, but this is Shirley Bassey, a woman whom no brass section can overpower, in a Thames TV special from 1980.

So on to the stage she comes, in a succession of glittery frocks, to wow an enthusiastic audience with some knock-out numbers, from Diamonds Are Forever to George Harrison’s Something. Guests include Richard Clayderman and Broadway legend Robert Goulet. Those were the days…

About this programme

A programme recorded by the singer in 1980, in which she was joined on stage by singer and actor Robert Goulet and pianist Richard Claydermanf. Featuring songs including Goldfinger, I Could Have Danced All Night, and New York State of Mind.

Cast and crew


Richard Clayderman
Shirley Bassey
Robert Goulet