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1964: six years into his showbusiness career, Cliff Richard - born Harry Rodger Webb in 1940 - shows off the estate that fame has brought him. Already the sexually potent Teddy boy, dressed to steal fans from the smouldering Elvis Presley, is giving way to the more wholesome figure who would enthral, or revolt, the following generations.

1999: hands still aloft, hair dark as ever - can 35 years really have passed? Sir Cliff Richard announces that he will be performing free of charge at a New Year's Eve charity concert in Birmingham. Can this crusading Christian compete with the secular attractions of the Millennium Dome? If public support for his Heathcliff musical is anything to go by, yes.