19 MAY 2008

American crooner Neil Diamond has notched up over 115 million record sales during an amazing showbusiness career spanning five decades. And this week the 67-year-old musician's career was celebrated with a special London tribute show, during which he performed in front of a star-studded audience.

Turning up at An Audience With Neil Diamond, due to be shown on ITV on May 31, were some of the British small screen's most glamorous ladies - including long-time Neil Diamond fan Barbara Windsor and Holby City's Patsy Kensit, who shared a dance on stage with the man himself during the recording of the special programme.

Also joining the famous fans taking up prominent places in the audience were Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench and Welsh weathergirl Sian Lloyd, who will be seen helping the remaining contestants battle it out for a job with Sir Alan Sugar on this week's The Apprentice.

In addition to hearing some of Neil's greatest hits - including Sweet Caroline and I Am… I Said - as well as new material, guests were invited to quiz the singer on his life.

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The legendary crooner, who is at the top of the UK and US charts with his new album Home Before Dark, took centre stage during the taping of a TV programme celebrating his five-decade careerPhoto: © Getty ImagesClick on photos for gallery
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Turning out at the special show were some of British TV's most glamorous ladies, including Holby City actress Patsy KensitPhoto: © Rex
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