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'Cilla' Review - Sheridan Smith Reveals Grit, Charm And A Hell Of A Voice In Title Role

15/09/2014 21:58 BST | Updated 15/09/2014 22:59 BST

SO much to enjoy in this vintage drama, with Jeff Pope's able pen bringing to life the formative years of Cilla Black, enjoying love, laughs and music in 1960s Liverpool.

Few critics will argue with Sheridan Smith's complete ownership of the title role. From the very first 'Hiya, love' to her friends, to her feisty, flirtatious dealings with the opposite sex, this popular actress proved once again why she's the first call for so many contemporary screenwriters, bringing her own grit and charm to help paint Cilla's story in vibrant colours. And she silenced any doubters, surely, from the first time she belted out a number in the recreated Cavern Club - vocals all actress's own.

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The real Cilla Black has given full praise to Aneurin Barnard's performance as the determined but adoring Bobby Willis, the platinum-haired baker's lad who wore down the protestations of this good Catholic girl who didn't want a boyfriend, and then held her hand all the way to stardom. "I've already proved I'm good at lying, haven't I?" he asked her. Who could resist, particularly when she tried and failed to go it on her own?

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But, even with all this pair's chemistry and the witty glimpse of a Beatle or two, there was a palpable charisma rush when the influential manager Brian Epstein (actor Ed Stoppard) wandered into the Cavern, expensive suit, coiffed hair, hand on chin, lurking against pillar, surveying what musical treasures he could deport to bright lights, big London. Thus is the scene magically set for Episode 2. Can't wait!

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