On Saturday, 16 December 2017, the BFI in London are to screen an episode of Cilla Black’s 1968 BBC TV variety show, ‘CILLA’ at their biggest Southbank auditorium, NFT1.
The episode of ‘CILLA‘ to be screened is the 9th and final show of series 1 which is a significant find as it had been missing from the BBC archive. A tape however has now surfaced recovered by the nonprofit organisation Kaleidoscope: The Television Organisation. The B&W episode was originally broadcast on BBC1 on 26 March 1968 featuring the Dudley Moore Trio, Roy Hudd, Freddy Davies, The Ladybirds and The Irving Davies Dancers. The Cilla Black show is included in the 1st Session of the BFI’s ‘Missing Believed Wiped’ programme which starts at 12.45pm and contains recently found episodes of ‘Whack-O!’ with Jimmy Edwards and ‘Till Death Us Do Part’ with Warren Mitchell & Una Stubbs.
In August 1967, only days before his premature death, Brian Epstein had engineered Cilla’s switch to television with the ‘CILLA’ variety show for BBC TV. The ‘CILLA’ series debuted on British television on 30 January 1968 and marked the beginning of a new phase of Cilla the Singer’s professional life as she was now one of Britain’s top rated television entertainers. Her show regularly commanded staggering audience figures of between 18 and 22 million until it ended in 1976.
Tickets go on sale to BFI members on Tuesday 7 November and general public from Tuesday 14 November – bfi.org.uk / 020 7928 3232
CILLA (50 mins)
Episode 9 of 9
Starring CILLLA BLACK
Written by Ronnie Taylor
Music by Ronnie Hazlehurst
Produced by Michael Hurll
Associate producer Terence Hughes
Please note that the above photo of Cilla was taken on set during Series 2 of the BBC TV ‘CILLA’ show.