Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sheridan makes a sensational Cilla

Sheridan Smith in ITV's Cilla
Sheridan Smith in ITV's Cilla

Easily the best three minutes of the week came at the end of the second episode of Cilla, ITV's three-part dramatisation of the life of the 1960s Liverpudlian pop singer and subsequent game show host.

The series is a bit formulaic but it's evocatively shot, has a fine sense of period and place and Cilla herself is wonderfully played by Sheridan Smith (left), who sings all the original songs.

Just before the end credits, she's in the studio to record 'Anyone Who Had a Heart' and she does it sensationally as the camera lovingly films her ecstatic performance, watched over by an awestruck Brian Epstein.

Smith has always been a commanding presence, even in the early ropey sitcom, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, but she's getting better with every role and her unforced warmth here is something to cherish.

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