UK indie prodco Spun Gold Television is producing an hour-long documentary on British pop musician and actor Cliff Richard to mark his 60-year anniversary in show business.
Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years In Private And In Public, produced for British commercial broadcaster ITV, offers exclusive access to Richard as he lodges a privacy case against British pubcaster the BBC in court, alleging that the corporation invaded his privacy in its reporting of a raid of his home in 2014, and as he records his first original album in 15 years. He also speaks about the last four years, which saw him accused and cleared of historic sex offences.
Capturing the results of his case, which ruled in favor of Richard, the film also follows Richard as he starts his new tour in Newcastle and features interviews with Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Hank Marvin, Lord Lloyd-Webber and Joan Collins.
The film is directed by Jamie Batten and executive produced by Juliet Rice. It was commissioned for ITV by James Cohen. It will air on ITV next month.
“Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years In Private And In Public is the most complete portrait of one of Britain’s greatest show business legends, revealing what drives him to continue recording and performing, where he finds strength, how his faith has got him through the dark times and the secret of his enduring longevity and appeal,” said Daniela Neumann, managing director of Spun Gold, in a statement.
Richard is resuming his public life following the outcome of the case, with recent appearances on British TV, including a controversial appearance on ITV’s chat show Loose Women.
(With files by Barry Walsh)