The life and career of British singer and entertainer Cilla Black
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Cilla (2014)
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Black Work (TV Mini-Series 2015)
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Our Zoo (TV Mini-Series 2014)
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A drama series about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

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In the Club (TV Mini-Series 2014)
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Drama series about a group of expectant parents who bond at pre-natal classes and the lives of the couples leading up to the births.

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We'll Take Manhattan (TV Movie 2012)
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A look at the love affair between 1960s supermodel Jean Shrimpton and photographer David Bailey.

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Hunky Dory (2011)
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A three-part drama based on the crimes of convicted murderer Malcolm Webster.

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The Scandalous Lady W (TV Movie 2015)
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An eighteenth century drama details the scandalous life of Lady Seymour Worsley.

Director: Sheree Folkson
Stars: Natalie Dormer, Aneurin Barnard, Shaun Evans
The 7.39 (TV Movie 2014)
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The C Word (TV Movie 2015)
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A woman writes a blog about her experience with terminal cancer.

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 Cilla Black (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Bobby Willis (3 episodes, 2014)
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 John White (3 episodes, 2014)
Kent Riley ...
 Kenny (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Big Cilla (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Brian Epstein (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Robert Willis Snr (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Rose (3 episodes, 2014)
Tara Wells ...
 Pat (2 episodes, 2014)
Danny Burns ...
 Johnny 'Hutch' Hutchinson (2 episodes, 2014)
Jordan Luke Gage ...
 Adrian Barber (2 episodes, 2014)
Tom Dunlea ...
 Ringo Starr (2 episodes, 2014)
James Nelson-Joyce ...
 Degsy (2 episodes, 2014)
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 George Martin (2 episodes, 2014)
Jamie Muscato ...
 Rory Storm (2 episodes, 2014)
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 Paul McCartney (2 episodes, 2014)
Tommy McDonnell ...
 Teddy (2 episodes, 2014)
Samantha Robinson ...
 Jean (2 episodes, 2014)
Jack Farthing ...
 John Lennon (2 episodes, 2014)
Kate Fitzgerald ...
 Vera (2 episodes, 2014)
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 George Harrison (2 episodes, 2014)
Nic Greenshields ...
 Kingsize Taylor (2 episodes, 2014)
Shaun Mason ...
 Trevor (2 episodes, 2014)
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The life and career of British singer and entertainer Cilla Black

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No surprise surprise
21 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Cilla Black passed away in August 2015. If this 2014 drama was made now I guess it would be more warts n all than this more respectful biopic shown in 2014.

Sheridan Smith Cilla who until recently was more known for comedies plays Cilla and also does her own singing here.

Aneurin Barnard plays Bobby her early manager, lover and later her husband. However I found his hairdo which might had been a wig rather off putting.

The film is a straightforward drama of a wannabe singer plucked out in the Merseybeat 1960s, who gets the attention of Brian Epstein, becomes buddies with the Beatles, tries to break America and later on takes her first steps on television. You see her blossoming relationship with Bobby across the religious divide, he seems rather too credulous being in awe of her and later of Epstein. Although given that Epstein was the manager of the biggest pop band in the world that's hardly a surprise.

The drama is personable as the late Miss Black. Rather inoffensive and somewhat bland. You always get the feeling that some liberties have been taken with the truth.

As a kid I remember The Cilla Black Show on Saturdays nights on BBC1. This was years before she became a mainstay on ITV's Blind Date. Once the pop hits start to dry up and tastes started to change she rather niftily moved to television and stayed there for several decades. You do not get to stay at the top of the showbusiness ladder, a cutthroat world by just being cheeky and nice. There was more to Cilla and Bobby but it was not covered here.

How cutthroat is showbusiness? Just before he died, The Beatles left Epstein's management. Just imagine some chancer got hold of Lennon and McCartney and persuaded them that they could be a better manager than the man who made them the biggest band in the world!


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