Life of a le­gend

Sir Cliff Richard marks 60 years in show busi­ness in a spe­cial documentary

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Un­be­liev­ably it’s 60 years since Sir Cliff Richard stormed up the charts with de­but sin­gle Move It at the ten­der age of 17.

Since then, he has had UK chart hits in six con­sec­u­tive decades – from Devil Woman to fes­tive favourites such as Mistle­toe and Wine – has starred in films in­clud­ing the 1963 clas­sic Sum­mer Hol­i­day, and even now, at 78, still packs out venues on his live tours.

In this in­ti­mate documentary, cam­eras go be­hind the scenes with the leg­endary singer for six months as he cel­e­brates his 60th an­niver­sary, launches his new al­bum, Rise Up, and looks back at the im­por­tant mo­ments of his ca­reer.

‘My first No.1, Liv­ing Doll, and re­ceiv­ing my knight­hood are high­lights,’ says Cliff. ‘I’ve had the most won­der­ful songs writ­ten for me over the years and there’s no doubt that the writ­ers have played a ma­jor part in my suc­cess.’

How­ever, he also cred­its his devoted fans with be­ing the key to his longevity.

Rap­port

‘I’m still hav­ing sell-out con­certs af­ter 60 years.

Who’d have thought it? Not me!’ says Cliff. ‘But I’ve al­ways en­joyed the rap­port and the ex­cite­ment of live shows and meet­ing fans there.’

Cliff also re­flects on his chal­lenges over the last few years fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual of­fences that have since been dropped, and how he is now try­ing to move on.

‘I’ll never for­get the trauma of those years but they are in my past,’ he says.

‘Tour­ing has been a great start to re­cov­er­ing from a stress­ful time. Fam­ily, friends and fans have shown me love and sup­port. I’m back!’

Clas­sic Cliff… With Hank Marvin, pro­mot­ing Sum­mer Hol­i­day and re­ceiv­ing his knight­hood Still singing… Cliff in concert

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