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Unseen Cilla Black footage revealed in documentary

Cilla: The Lost Tapes airs on ITV at 9pm on February 19. Credit: Cilla: The Lost Tapes

Liverpool singer and presenter Cilla Black was a talent who defined British television for over four decades.

In the years following her death, Cilla’s family made a startling discovery - buried in the loft of her family home was a stash of never seen before films and behind the scenes footage from Cilla’s personal video collection, along with hours of audio recording of Cilla telling her own life story.

The material dates back to 1969 and covers Cilla’s early career, recording her hits, hanging out with The Beatles and falling in love with Bobby Willis.

It includes a guided tour by Cilla herself of her family home in Denham and holiday trips to Fiji, Hong Kong and Australia during the construction of the Sydney Opera House.

Her family say the Lost Tapes show a pioneer who re-wrote the rules of showbusiness, and provide an intimate portrait of a working-class Scotty Road girl who became a national treasure.

It's narrated by Sheridan Smith, who played Cilla in the 2014 ITV drama, and includes interviews with the family and friends who knew Cilla best, as they watch the lost footage for the first time and recall their own memories of a much-missed television icon.

  • Cilla: The Lost Tapes airs on ITV at 9pm on February 19.

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