Shiver Leeds to produce 90-minute Elton John special for ITV

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ITV Studios' factual label Shiver has been commissioned by ITV to produce an Elton John special to mark the star's 50 years in the music business.

The 90-minute special will be produced out of Shiver's Leeds office and is also timed to recognise Sir Elton's 70th birthday.

Centred around a new interview with David Walliams, the show features contributions from an all-star cast including Ed Sheeran, Sting, Annie Lennox, Sir Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Kiki Dee, Rag’n’Bone Man, James Corden, Lulu, Stephen Fry, Boy George, Dionne Warwick, Sharon Osbourne and Rob Lowe.

Sir Elton reveals how 20 of his classic songs came about, many stemming from his five-decade partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin, with an exclusive ITV poll counting down to the track voted the nation’s favourite Elton John song.

The show is the latest Nation’s Favourite which has so far seen Shiver explore the work of many other music legends from Elvis to The Beatles, The Bee Gees to Queen.

Commissioned by Priya Singh, commissioning editor ITV Factual, produced out of Shiver’s Leeds office by Kerry Allison, and executive produced by Shiver’s creative director Mark Robinson

Robinson said: "It’s been an absolute privilege to work with Sir Elton on this programme and to hear from Elton and Bernie about how many of their greatest songs came about - from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting), Rocket Man to Candle In The Wind, Your Song to Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.

"We commissioned an exclusive poll to help find the nation’s favourite Elton song from seven UK number ones and 300m records sold – it’s clearly not an easy choice with so many classic songs across the decades."