Cilla is a British drama television mini-series about the early career of Cilla Black. It was broadcast in three parts on ITV, and began on 15 September 2014 with Sheridan Smith playing the starring role!
Episode 1 (September 15, 2014)
In 1960s Liverpool, young Priscilla "Cilla" White is working as a typist, but frequently performs at Liverpool's famed Cavern Club, where she meets young singer-songwriter Bobby Willis. Mersey Beat, a local music publication, prints an article on Cilla in which she is mistakenly referred to as "Cilla Black". However, young Cilla likes the sound of it and decides to use if for her stage name. It is arranged for her to audition for the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein. However, her voice wavers mid-performance, and she loses ground to her rival, Beryl Marsden.
Episode 2 (September 22, 2014)
As Cilla's confidence returns, following her disastrous audition, Bobby urges her to give singing another go, and Brian Epstein gives Cilla another chance to audition by inviting her into the studio to record what would become her debut single, Love of the Loved. The song fails to break the Top 30, but Brian then insists that Cilla change direction and take a gamble on a cover of a Dionne Warwick ballad entitled Anyone Who Had a Heart. The gamble pays off and Anyone Who Had a Heart shoots straight to the top of the charts.
Episode 3 (September 29, 2014)
Cilla follows up Anyone Who Had a Heart with a second consecutive number one, You're My World. However, she fails in her subsequent bid to crack the American market and tempers flare in her blossoming relationship with Bobby. Meanwhile, Brian Epstein's life is unravelling as the Beatles start to drift apart and Epstein, a closeted homosexual, wrestles with his inner demons which include a dependency on sleeping pills. One evening, Cilla and Bobby are out enjoying a meal when Bobby takes a phone call and tells Cilla that Brian has been found dead. By his bed, the police found a contract from the BBC for Cilla to star in her own TV series, which she signs. The epilogue states that Bobby became Cilla's manager, a role he would play for the rest of his life, and we also see a photo of the real Cilla and Bobby on their wedding day in 1969.
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