Cilla – ITV – 15th September Episode 1.

First of a three-part biopic of the Liverpudlian songbird who would later find fame and fortune. The young and unknown Priscilla White works in the typing pool of a local company in the city, but dreams of stardom. The series tells of her rocky road to fame and captures the essence of 1960s Liverpool with its atmosphere of promise and excitement as the Merseybeat music scene is about to explode. Priscilla falls for young chancer Bobby Willis, but in her desperation to become a star, she elbows him aside. Then a failed audition with Beatles manager Brian Epstein leaves her frustrated and distraught. With Sheridan Smith, Aneurin Barnard, Ed Stoppard, John Henshaw, and Melanie Hill.

Mick O’Dowd… Enjoyed this! Used to have The Big Three at The Cavern EP with What’d I Say on! Nostalgia overload!

Pete Fairless… She’s very good, isn’t she?

Alan Esdaile… Yes Sheridan Smith is very good and it is her singing.

Pete Fairless… All songs recorded live on set, it said – that’s excellent! Although, as you say, Sheridan Smith is a great singer, anyway, it’s a pretty impressive take on a young Cilla and particularly so if she did it with those false teeth in!

Ralph Town… I like he since A pint of Lager and a packet of Crisps but shes been an amazing Doctor Who companion to Paul McGanns Doctor for Big Finish Audio adventures 🙂

Jim Breeds… Missed this last night – may have to catch up on iplayer. Coincidentally we did watch Who Do You Think You Are last night featuring Sheridan Smith, whose ancestor was a banjo virtuoso. It was a very good episode and features her performing with her mum and dad’s country & western music act.

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