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The life and career of British singer and entertainer Cilla Black




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Series cast summary:
Sheridan Smith ...  Cilla 3 episodes, 2014
Aneurin Barnard ...  Bobby 3 episodes, 2014
John Henshaw ...  John White 3 episodes, 2014
Kent Riley Kent Riley ...  Kenny 3 episodes, 2014
Melanie Hill ...  Big Cilla 3 episodes, 2014
Ed Stoppard ...  Brian Epstein 3 episodes, 2014
Andrew Schofield ...  Robert Willis Snr / ... 3 episodes, 2014
Debbie Brannan Debbie Brannan ...  Rose 3 episodes, 2014
Tara Wells Tara Wells ...  Pat 2 episodes, 2014
Danny Burns Danny Burns ...  Johnny 'Hutch' Hutchinson 2 episodes, 2014
Jordan Luke Gage ...  Adrian Barber 2 episodes, 2014
Tom Dunlea Tom Dunlea ...  Ringo Starr 2 episodes, 2014
James Nelson-Joyce ...  Degsy 2 episodes, 2014
Elliot Cowan ...  George Martin 2 episodes, 2014
Jamie Muscato Jamie Muscato ...  Rory Storm 2 episodes, 2014
Kevin Mains ...  Paul McCartney 2 episodes, 2014
Tommy McDonnell Tommy McDonnell ...  Teddy 2 episodes, 2014
Samantha Robinson Samantha Robinson ...  Jean 2 episodes, 2014
Jack Farthing ...  John Lennon 2 episodes, 2014
Kate Fitzgerald Kate Fitzgerald ...  Vera 2 episodes, 2014
Michael Hawkins ...  George Harrison 2 episodes, 2014
Nic Greenshields Nic Greenshields ...  Kingsize Taylor 2 episodes, 2014
Shaun Mason Shaun Mason ...  Trevor 2 episodes, 2014


The life and career of British singer and entertainer Cilla Black

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The inspiring true life story of a 60s icon.


Biography | Drama | Music







Release Date:

15 September 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Cilla See more »

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ITV Studios See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


After Cilla Black died in August 2015, the show was repeated on ITV between the 4-6 of August. See more »


In the scene of the recording of anyone who had a heart, clearly visible on top of the upright piano is a pair of DT100 headphones. These wern't introduced until 1969, while the song was recorded in 1963. See more »


Referenced in Granada Reports: 13 September 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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Whiter than Black
2 October 2014 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Cilla Black is probably best-known in the UK for her family entertainer TV persona which started with her own variety show but eventually led to her massive success as the giggling genial hostess of awful but long-running TV shows like "Surprise Surprise" and "Blind Date". Originally though, she came to prominence as a singer in the early 60's as part of Brian Epstein's post-Beatles Merseybeat stable and this 3-part series covers just that period, I certainly wouldn't have tuned in if it had gone beyond that.

Miss Black is on record herself as saying her lifestyle even in the swinging 60's was hardly rock and roll even with her association with the Beatles who mentored her and wrote some of her hit songs. Thus you won't find too much excitement or danger in her rags to riches story, besides some religious tension between her Protestant family upbringing and that of her Catholic boyfriend and road manager, later her manager and husband Bobby Willis, the usual ups and downs of her relationship with Willis, some strain between her and a distracted Brian Epstein, plus of course her rise to fame from Cavern hat-check girl to appearing on the London Palladium and topping the charts.

Sheridan Smith, who does all her own singing too and Aneurin Bernard are personable in these two main roles although a lack of likeness in other key parts, such as the Beatles and Epstein weakens veracity a touch. Some licence is taken with the facts too, like Cilla being told her record has magically made it to number 1 as if from nowhere when in reality it took weeks to climb to the top. I could also have done with a little less concentration on the troubled Epstein's unconventional personal life which probably belongs in a bio-drama of its own.

Nevertheless this was pleasant and likable if slightly over-polite (well, Cilla is still alive and something of a national treasure, I guess you'd say) entertainment with some good songs and performances thrown in for good measure.

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