In the preliminary hearing, the BBC argued that Richard's legal bills thus far of over £500,000 were "grossly unreasonable".
As the singer’s case finally begins, the BBC has claimed that Sir Cliff Richard has spent “grossly unreasonable” amounts on legal advice, having launched a lawsuit against the broadcaster over TV coverage of a police raid on his home.
Lawyers for the BBC have told a preliminary High Court hearing this week that the iconic pop singer, 76, has run up “disproportionate” legal costs over half a million pounds in his lawsuit against the broadcaster and South Yorkshire Police over both the controversial televised coverage of the raid on his home in August 2014, and over being publicly named as a suspected sex offender of alleged historic crimes.
Sir Cliff Richard is suing the BBC and South Yorkshire Police over the raid on his Berkshire home in August 2014
The veteran broadcaster passed away in January aged 77.
Fans of late broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan have launched a campaign to get his version of ‘The Floral Dance’ to the Christmas number one spot.
Wogan passed away in January of this year following a short battle with cancer.
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Sir Cliff Richard is a regular at Wimbledon and this year he once again appeared. The singer is seen here entering on the thirteenth day of The Championships. London, United Kingdom - Saturday 9th July 2016
Harry Rodger Webb aka Sir Cliff Richard OBE with Gloria Hunniford at Sexy Fish restaurant in Mayfair - London, United Kingdom - Friday 1st July 2016
The CPS decided that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution regarding historic sexual abuse allegations made two years ago, and that Sir Cliff would face "no further action".
The Crown Prosecution Service has announced that Sir Cliff Richard will not face charges over historic sexual abuse allegations that have hung over him for nearly two years – and the legendary singer has spoken out about the length of the investigation.
Just over a month after police handed over a file of evidence on the 75 year old singer that they spent the best of two years putting together, lawyers for the CPS have said that “no further action” will be taken against Sir Cliff because there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution.
Sir Cliff Richard has been cleared of historic sexual abuse allegations
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Sir Cliff Richard has cancelled his first gig since the investigation began.
Sir Cliff Richard has withdrawn from a charity concert at Canterbury Cathedral on September 26 because he did not "want the event to be overshadowed by the false allegation", his spokesman announced. The statement added: "He is sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience caused."
Cliff Richard denies the allegations [Getty/Andreas Rentz]
Police searched Sir Cliff's Sunningdale apartment last week as part of an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a young boy in Sheffield in 1985. The pop star, who was in Portugal at the time, denies any wrongdoing.
Cliff Richard - Cliff Richard outside Wimbledon today - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 1st July 2014
Cliff Richard - Cliff Richard thanks his loyal fans in New York with free concert and Q&A session at the Gramercy Theatre - New York, United States - Saturday 21st June 2014
Cliff Richard - TV recording of german ZDF TV Show "Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel" at Messe Arena. - Show - Halle An Der Saale, Germany - Saturday 12th April 2014
Morrissey, Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones. Dream line-up.
Morrissey has announced two dates in the United States with support coming from Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones. According to the reliable fan-site True To You, the former Smiths frontman will perform with Tom Jones at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on May 10 before playing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with Sir Cliff Richard on June 21.
Morrissey Performing at the Manchester Evening News Arena
They are the first confirmed shows since Morrissey abandoned a series of tours last year blaming a "lack of funding" and cancellations.
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Sir Cliff Richard - Sir Cliff Richard Signing his Album Rock N Roll Songbook at HMV Manchester. Sir Cliff Richard look a like Jimmy Jemain cheekily posed for Photographers before Sir Cliff arrived - Manchester, United Kingdom - Thursday 14th November 2013
Sir Cliff Richard hopes Miley Cyrus will "grow out of" rebellious behaviour.
Sir Cliff Richard has just hit the milestone of releasing his 100th album called 'The Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Songbook'.
In an interview with Sky News the British pop-icon described how the music industry has dramatically changed since he emerged on the scene in 1959.
Richard told Sky, "The industry has changed drastically and that damages young artists."
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Cliff doesn't know if Miley has ruined her career or not
Having recorded a staggering 100 albums, Cliff Richard can be considered somewhat of an authority on the inner workings of music and its effects, even if his output has been genuinely cheesier than a baked Camembert sandwich. Anyway, he thinks Miley Cyrus has been damaged by the industry.
Cliff Richard walking about with a jacket that's too small for him
He’s looked at what Cyrus has been up to, seen that Sinead O’Connor and Annie Lennox have been chatting about and decided to get involved; to have his say. So what does Sir Cliff think about Cyrus, twerking and smoking on stage?
Continue reading: Cliff Richard And His 100 Albums Reckons Music Has Ruined Miley Cyrus
Sir Cliff is lining up his 100th full-length release to date as he vows to continue working until his last breath
Sir Cliff Richard has had one heck of a career, and a long, long one at that, but this by no means indicates that he has plans of slowing down any time soon. The 72-year-old announced on Tuesday (3 September) that his career has gone "full circle" as he returns to his rock 'n' roll roots for his 100th overall album, The Fabulous Rock 'N' Roll Songbook.
Sir Cliff still performs regularly to his dedicated fanbase
Beginning with 1959's Cliff, Richards has been a mainstay in the British entertainment world ever since and has continued producing album after album. As his sound gradually softened and Cliff became more and more devoted to his Christian faith, there was a departure from the Shadows-backed sound fans came to know and love over the years, but with his new release Cliff has claimed that he is back where he started; making rock 'n' roll again.
Continue reading: Sir Cliff Richard Vows To "Never Stop" As He Brings Out 100th Album
British farces work on stage, but usually feel agonisingly stupid on screen. And this is a worst-case scenario, as playwright Cooney adapts his classic 1983 farce without even the slightest adjustment for the cinema. Everything is played as broadly as possible, with luridly coloured sets and actors performing to the top balcony rather than cameras that are right in their faces. So even if it's energetic and sometimes amusingly silly, it's painful to sit through.
Everything centres around John Smith (Dyer), a cheeky cabbie who lives two idyllic lives. He lives with his wife Michelle (Van Outen) in South London and has a second wife Stephanie (Harding) north of the river, juggling them with his shift-work. One day he's injured while rescuing a bag lady (Dench) from two thugs, and he ends up in the hospital. When he doesn't come home on time, Michelle calls the South London police and meets a detective (Cartwright). But Stephanie also calls a cop (Le Prevost), and the two officers are about to rumble John's whole set-up. So he asks his chucklehead neighbour (Morrissey) for help.
As a farce, the story is full of possibility for slapstick hilarity and more telling social comedy. But Cooney never taps into any of this, instead creating a hectic movie that never pauses to catch its breath. Dialog is shouted at full pitch, which bulldozes any potential for clever wit. And most of the actors are goaded into giving smirking performances that make the characters deeply unlikeable. Everyone goes on about what a nice guy John is, but Dyer plays him as a panicky liar who cares about nothing but his own skin. And both Van Outen and Harding over-react so ludicrously to everything that we can't understand how John can bear to be around them.
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John Travolta has been reunited with his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John, for a forthcoming Christmas album, entitled 'This Christmas.' It's something of a surprise move from the actor, who has been busily defending himself against sexual assault claims and allegations that he is a closet homosexual. We're thinking that if he was really trying to prove to people that he's not gay, releasing a Christmas album with a ridiculously camp photograph of himself sharing a cup of tea (or coffee, maybe. or something else. we're not quite sure) with Olivia Newton-John possibly wasn't the strongest part of his game plan.
Music Fix and NineMSN.com have quoted Travolta as saying "My desire was to make This Christmas an intimate album, not something too ostentatious or showy." To achieve this aim, he invited Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Cliff Richard and Kenny G to join him as guests on the album. Um, not ostentatious or showy at all, then, John? He added "I wanted people to be able to play it around the house or in the car during the holidays, and make us part of your celebration." Olivia added that it was a struggle getting the recording done, in amongst their hectic work lives: "It just fell into place. With our busy schedules, I don't know how we got it done. John and I have always connected. That's never gone away. When we're together, we have a good laugh and feel bonded to one another. We've been through some amazing experiences together."
Ostentatious or not, at least it's all for a good cause; proceeds from the album sales will go to the Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne.
Date of birth
14th October, 1940