‘CILLA’ is writer Jeff Pope’s BAFTA award-winning drama miniseries about the early career of pop icon Cilla Black and the on-off relationship with her husband to be Bobby Willis. It was broadcast in three parts on ITV, and began on 15 September 2014 with Sheridan Smith playing the starring role.
The miniseries captures the essence of 1960s Liverpool, the atmosphere of promise and excitement as the Merseybeat music scene was on the verge of exploding in a blaze of tight-fitting skirts, stiletto heels, and beehives.
Nearly 7 million viewers tuned in to watch the first episode of ITV’s highly anticipated biopic; it became ITV’s highest-rated new drama launch since 2013’s ‘Broadchurch’; when originally broadcast each episode was the most watched programme in the UK’s 9pm TV time slot!
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black
Ed Stoppard as Brian Epstein
Aneurin Barnard as Bobby Willis
John Henshaw as John White
Melanie Hill as Priscilla White (Cilla’s Mother)