ITV bosses are pulling out all the stops for the festive season, and their plans include a special tribute to TV legend Cilla Black, according to reports.
The singer and TV star died in August, and it’s believed that the channel are putting together a special show, which will feature a number of her friends and loved ones, including Christopher Biggins, Cliff Richard and Paul O’Grady.
A source has revealed details of the plans to The Mirror, stating: “Cilla’s death was one of the biggest showbiz events of 2015 and this new programme will honour her career in the best way possible.
“ITV expect millions to tune in – and it is likely to be a real tear-jerker for her fans.”
Following Cilla’s death, ITV paid tribute to the star, screening the Sheridan Smith drama ‘Cilla’ again, along with the one-off show, ‘The One & Only Cilla Black’ with a special new introduction from Paul O’Grady.
Paul was one of the speakers at Cilla’s funeral, and he later opened up about how he was coping following her death, stating: “After anyone close to you dies, you're in a strange state for a while.
"I've withdrawn a bit and gone into myself. I just get on with my work. I'm not in the mood for partying, put it that way.
“I was destroyed after her funeral. We were so close. We knew what each other was thinking. We had a special bond.
"I used to say to her, 'You'll see me out, you' and I got that wrong, didn't I?"