Cilla (2014)

Episode #1.1 

Working-class typist by day, rock 'n' roll singer by night, 17-year-old Cilla White dreams of one day becoming a star.


Paul Whittington


Jeff Pope (screenplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Linney Dan Linney ... Robbie
Sheridan Smith ... Cilla
Gemma Brodrick Gemma Brodrick ... Pauline
Tara Wells Tara Wells ... Pat
Danny Burns Danny Burns ... Johnny 'Hutch' Hutchinson
Jordan Luke Gage ... Adrian Barber
Ryan Calais Cameron Ryan Calais Cameron ... Delia
Ella Brennan Ella Brennan ... Susan
Melanie Hill ... Big Cilla
Kate Fitzgerald Kate Fitzgerald ... Vera
John Henshaw ... John White
Mary Duffy Mary Duffy ... Elsie Starkey
Tom Dunlea Tom Dunlea ... Ringo Starr
Jamie Muscato ... Rory Storm
James Nelson-Joyce ... Degsy


In Liverpool in 1960 17-year old typist Cilla White frequents the Cavern Club, where she occasionally sings. Her friend Ringo Starr, drummer with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes suggests she accompany the band to Hamburg for concerts but her parents forbid it, By chance she meets Bobby Willis, who claims to be in the music industry but actually works in a bakery. Cilla is not impressed when she learns the truth about him but allows him to be her manager. At their first gig she is erroneously billed as Cilla Black but likes the name. Ringo is now playing with the Beatles, who arrange for Cilla to audition with their manager Brian Epstein. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

15 September 2014 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The series was set in the 1960s. In the 'studio' setting where sheridan sings 'anyone who had a heart' - both her vocal microphone and that of the backing singers both appear to have 'Neutrik' xlr connectors which weren't around until the 70s. Should have been Cannon xlr connectors for authenticity. See more »


Shy of Love
Written by Bobby Willis
Performed by Aneurin Barnard
[Bobby sings while working at the bakery]
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