WATCH: Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black (plus Beatles)

Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black in 'Cilla' (Pic: ITV/Stuart Wood)

Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black in ‘Cilla’ (Pic: ITV/Stuart Wood)

ITV have a new three-part drama on the way this fall, in which they profile the life and career of the British broadcasting powerhouse Cilla Black.

Perhaps best known to an American audience as the singer of Lennon/McCartney and Burt Bacharach songs during the British beat boom, Cilla began her career singing at the Cavern Club with the Beatles, was signed up by their manager Brian Epstein, and then their record label Parlophone, and recorded at Abbey Road with George Martin. With great success, including the theme song to the Michael Caine movie Alfie.

She then went on to become one of Britain’s most beloved television presenters, a mainstay of Saturday night TV (which is to Britain what Thursday night TV is to the U.S.) with shows such as Blind Date (the U.K. version of The Dating Game) and Surprise, Surprise.

So a trailer for Cilla, a dramatic recreation of those early years, starring Gavin & Stacey’s Sheridan Smith (with fake teeth), is bound to be of interest, especially to Beatles nuts, because look who’s there in the Cavern with her:

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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