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Dusty Springfield at the BBC

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Review

If you’re of the conviction, as I am, that panda-eyed Dusty Springfield is the most technically perfect female pop, soul and torch singer the UK has produced, you’ll need no urging to wallow through this clips-and-captions tribute.

Look past her stiff-hipped jigging and the heinously snazzy BBC light-entertainment sets, and let that instrument of a voice gush over you. The tracks span from 1961 (an irresistibly cheesy Wimoweh by the Springfields, before Dusty went solo and blonde) to 1995 — a spirited turn on Later… with Jools Holland, with Alison Moyet and Sinead O’Connor happy to serve as backing singers.

As well as amusing duets with Tom Jones and Warren Mitchell, most of the big hits are here. Sadly, no footage survives of fan favourite Goin’ Back and they’ve omitted I Close My Eyes and Count to Ten, a performance from her glazed 1970s nadir that is nevertheless excoriating.

Summary

A tribute to the renowned London-born pop diva, featuring BBC archive footage of some of Dusty's most famous performances from 1961 to 1995. The programme also offers a chance to relive the singer's story, from her folk beginnings with the Springfields, through to her Motown homage years and her collaboration with Pet Shop Boys in the late 1980s. Also includes the star's duets with Tom Jones and Mel Torme.

Cast & Crew

Performer Dusty Springfield
Performer Tom Jones
Performer Mel Torme
Producer Dione Newton

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