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In 1938 mixed race baby Shirley Bassey, her mother and eight siblings are living in a poor area of Cardiff after her father is imprisoned for sexual offences. The teen-aged Shirley will help the family finances bringing her big, impassioned singing voice to local clubs and, in 1954, aged seventeen, she moves to London, impressing agent Mike Sullivan. To further her career however she must give up her illegitimate daughter Sharon to be raised as her own child by Shirley's sister Iris. After winning over the famously hostile Glasgow Empire audience Shirley has arrived. Impresario Jack Hylton stars her in the West End and she has hit records. She rides out gutter press interest in Sharon and, after a row with Mike, takes fledgling film producer Kenneth Hume as her agent and husband. Not only does he fail to further her career but he turns out to be a homosexual. Yet Shirley is a born survivor, weathering her divorce from Ken in 1965 and, decades later, still every inch a star, belting ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Lesley sharp had to wear brown contact lenses for her role. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 26 September 2011 (2011) See more »

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The Woman with the Midas touch
16 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a child Shirley Bassey was a big draw as she had a own Saturday night show on BBC television and she was one of the few black performers to have their own prime time show.

This drama tells the condensed version of Shirley's life at breakneck speed. Growing up as a mixed race child in poverty in Cardiff, her natural father was jailed and the family seem to move from one squat to another.

However Shirley had a big voice which brought her attention to a showbiz manager who booked her to various theatres and also got a recording deal but by 16 years of age she had already become pregnant.

However despite finding fame their are setbacks. Her first husband (who was also gay) cannot get her film or theatre roles such as Nancy in Oliver because of her colour.

The drama is very much meat and potatoes. Ruth Negga looks fabulous as Shirley Bassey, Charlie Creed-Miles fares well as her manager but it just felt too straightforward, clichéd and humourless.


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