Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Sir Bruce to host Davis documentary

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth is to host a documentary about his late pal Sammy Davis Jr, his first ITV programme for many years.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter will front the film for the network's Perspectives strand which will also see music stars such as Will Young, Gary Kemp and Emeli Sande front shows about figures in the arts.

Sir Bruce, who has been at the helm of BBC1's dance show for a decade, famously announced he was quitting ITV in 2000 unhappy with the way he claimed he was being treated by then programme boss David Liddiment.

In his new documentary he looks back at the lengthy career of Sammy - with whom he formed a friendship in 1960 after meeting at a Royal Variety Performance - and the way he broke down race barriers.

Elsewhere in the fourth series of Perspectives, Young looks at Rene Magritte, Sande tells the story of Frida Kahlo and Kemp examines the generation of Young British Artists.

In addition, tenor Alfie Boe presents a programme about Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and comic Alan Davies explores the secrets of Harry Houdini.

ITV's controller of factual Jo Clinton-Davis said: "The key to Perspectives films is a distinctive, individual voice, keen to search for and share fresh insights through genuine, in some cases, life-long passion and curiosity for the chosen subject."

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