Filming for the new three-part ITV drama about Cilla Black, starring Sheridan Smith (Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps) is well underway in Liverpool.
The ‘60s-set drama will tell the story of how the singer and Blind Date star met Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and how she got the attention of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin.
ITV’s Cilla also follows Black’s friendship with John, Paul, Ringo and George, how it shaped her career and resulted in two men fighting for her love.
The shoot will take approximately six weeks to complete, and will include scenes from around the city – and a young Priscilla at the famous Cavern Club, where the Beatles played; the Zodiac Club, Blue Angel Club; and the Iron Door Club, where she chased her dream of becoming famous. So far, Sheridan is enjoying the city.
“I’ve always wanted to work in Liverpool,” she said to ITV during filming, “it’s the friendliest city in the world.”
To prepare for her new role, Sheridan went for dinner with Cilla Black so she could get some firsthand insight. Black is believed to be fully supportive of the project.
“I am thrilled to be playing Cilla, as she is a British icon,” said Sheridan. “In the ’60s, as a young girl from Liverpool, she had numerous number ones and sang with The Beatles, her life story is fascinating.”
The White Queen actor Aneurin Barnard will play opposite Sheridan Smith in the show, as Black’s husband Bobby Willis.