Winner of the International FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage in an Entertainment Production 2015

A documentary film for ITV's arts strand Perspectives.

“Many people ask me what I’ve enjoyed most in my long career in showbusiness. My answer is always the same. Working with Sammy Davis Jr on a special we made together in 1980. Of all of the many shows I’ve been associated with – well, that was the best,” says Sir Bruce Forsyth.


Sir Bruce Forsyth considers Sammy Davis Jr to be the greatest entertainer of all time – a performer who could sing, dance, act, tell jokes, do impersonations…and all to an astonishingly high standard. His was a career that emerged from the dying days of vaudeville and continued to superstardom, taking in nightclub performances, Broadway and West End theatre, Hollywood movies, network television, the biggest showrooms in Las Vegas and performances for royalty and presidents.


In this acclaimed film, Bruce met friends and collaborators of Sammy Davis Jr, people who worked with him on some of his most celebrated performances and travelled to the US and London to visit locations important in Sammy’s life and career, including the site of his life-changing 1954 car accident.

Bruce Forsyth on Sammy Davis Jr