David Walliams will host a special night to honour Dame Shirley Bassey on BBC1 this Christmas, ahead of her 80th birthday

The BBC has announced a special to celebrate Dame Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday this Christmas, to be hosted by her friend David Walliams.

David Walliams Celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey will be a night of entertainment, comedy, surprises, and will include performances by Dame Shirley accompanied by a live orchestra.

Dame Shirley said: “I’m excited to be recording a TV special alongside David Walliams and the BBC. This will mark two very special milestones for me – an occasion not to miss! We just need to work out how to fit a 60-year career into 60 minutes!”

David Walliams said: “As a lifelong fan of Dame Shirley I am thrilled to be making a television special with her. It really is a dream come true. Whenever Dame Shirley and I are together we laugh a great deal, so I am hoping this will be a hugely entertaining show.”

The one-off special, to be broadcast at Christmas ahead of her 80th birthday, will feature a lavish mix of entertainment, comedy, surprises and of course live music, with the Dame thrilling viewers as she performs some of her biggest and best-loved classics backed by a live studio orchestra.

Dame Shirley turns 80 on January 8.

Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment Commissioning said: “Dame Shirley’s first BBC television special aired in 1970 and we’re thrilled to welcome her again for a truly fabulous night. With amazing stories, performances and a few surprises, the whole family is in for a treat with David and the Dame.”

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