The voiceover artist was well known to fans of Blind Date and Shooting Stars not by his face, but for his rich speaking voice.
Black spent time with the X Factor judge in the early 2000s, shortly after partner Bobby Willis passed away.
Posthumous disco single 'You’re Sensational' was recorded back in the 1970s but the tapes have only recently been rediscovered.
Paul O’Grady knew it would be tough when he bravely stepped into his pal Cilla Black’s shoes and agreed to host the new ‘Blind Date’. Cilla Black was buried at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool. Paul, 61, admitted the Channel 5 programme has brought him close to Cilla again since she died after a fall at her Spanish home in 2015.
Paul O’Grady has made some shocking revelations about his old friend Cilla Black, branding her a “mad woman” and dishing that she took the class A drug cocaine. Was the Lily Savage legend joking? Cilla died at her Spanish villa in 2015 and Paul, 61, has taken over presenting duties on her infamous dating show ‘Blind Date’ which she presented from 1985 to 2003.
Channel 5 has announced that TV star Melanie Sykes will replace ‘Our Graham’ on the rebooted ‘Blind Date’ when it returns to screens later this year. The former Big Breakfast beauty is more commonly seen in front of the camera but has signed up to take on the announcing duties and will help contestants decide who they should pick to whisk off on a romatic getaway, when the show returns later this year with Paul O’Grady at the helm.
Last week, we were delighted to learn that classic dating show ‘Blind Date’ is being rebooted with Paul O’Grady at the helm. Now the comedic presenter has revealed he accepted the chance to take the reigns from the late Cilla Black as a tribute to the TV legend and his good pal. The 61-year-old host made a complete U-turn on his original decision to reject the offer by bosses because he realised Cilla would enjoy seeing him present the show and would have been “screaming with laughter”.
Paul O’Grady admits he’s still struggling with the death of his close friend Cilla Black, and still finds it difficult to cope knowing she’s not around. Some 16 months on, Paul says the loss isn’t getting much easier. The festive season is particularly poignant for the 61-year-old star, who is currently playing the wicked stepmother in Cinderella at the London Palladium.
For those of you that haven’t seen ‘Meet the Parents’ yet, it’s like ‘First Dates’ and ‘Take Me Out’ had a baby, and then that baby had a baby with ‘Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents’ resulting in what ITV clearly think is the next big Saturday night prime-time dating show. It’s hosted by nation’s sweetheart Holly Willoughby who, with the absence of Philip Schofield, manages to make it through the entire show without having a laughter fit, which probably makes ‘Meet the Parents’ worth watching for that, if not anything else. It essentially has a ‘Blind Date’ format where a singleton has to choose between three hidden suitors except, as the title suggests, the singleton can see each of the suitors’ parents and even ask them questions.
In 2003, Cilla Black joined the dubious company of Richard Nixon and Edward VIII in quitting their posts live on air. Admittedly, Nixon and Edward VIII’s posts were a tad more venerated than that of the presenter of ‘Blind Date’, but nonetheless, Cilla did indeed join their ranks when she made the announcement that she’d be leaving the show in front of several million viewers after 18 years and as many series. “Over New Year I thought a lot about what I wanted to do in 2003, and decided that it was the right time to move on from Blind Date,” she told the audience (and producers).
A “lost” Beatles record that was missing for more than 50 years is set to be sold at auction today for tens of thousands of pounds. The demo recording of It’s For You, written for Cilla Black by John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, was discovered by Black’s nephew Simon White after being missing for more than 50 years. The record is part of the 25th Beatles Memorabilia Auction, organised by The Beatles Shop, at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool today, and is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £20,000.
Holly Willoughby’s heartwarming show Surprise Surprise, which was revived in 2012 following a 17 year run with the late TV legend Cilla Black at the helm, has been given the chop for good as part of a shake up within ITV. Holly’s This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield has avoided the first cull with his show All Star Mr & Mrs, which is set to return to the box later this year along with her pal Keith Lemon’s series Through the Keyhole.
It has been announced that the late Cilla Black’s Buckinghamshire mansion has been put on the market for a whopping £4.4million.
Despite a national outpouring of grief and star-studded funeral, a rotting slab of plywood, withered flowers and water-logged tributes are all that mark her grave. Seven months after Cilla Black’s death, her muddy resting place is still without a headstone after it was reportedly ransacked by ghoulish thieves. Cilla takes to the catwalk for a fashion fundraiser in 2009.
Last August iconic TV presenter Cilla Black sadly passed away at the age of 72 following a fall in her Spanish home. According to The Sun the trio will have to pay almost £6 million in inheritance tax, leaving them with about £3 million each, with Cilla’s housekeeper Penny Walker also being left £20,000. "Her hearing had started to go, so she had to start wearing hearing aids.
Cilla Black’s son has revealed how the TV legend spent her final hours before tragically passing away in August. Cilla died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her villa in Spain. “She was sitting around having a glass of champagne, killing herself laughing at Jeremy Kyle - without the hearing aids obviously - so blaring out across Marbella.
Jimmy Tarbuck paid a wonderful tribute to his dear friend Cilla Black at the Royal Variety Performance, which aired last night. Speaking about the entertainer, who made her Royal Variety debut in 1964, Jimmy said: “Cilla was Liverpool’s Cinderella.
ITV are reportedly planning on honouring the late Cilla Black this festive season with an hour-long programme paying tribute to the showbiz legend.
In August, we were shocked and saddened by the news that TV legend Cilla Black had tragically passed away in Spain after suffering from a stroke. Picking up the TV Choice Award for best actress for her portrayal of the late singer and entertainer last night, Sheridan Smith paid tribute to Cilla, describing her as an ‘amazing lady’. The 34-year-old played the entertainer in the ITV biopic ‘Cilla’ last year, and picked up the best drama performance award for her fantastic work at the 2015 National TV Awards.
Details of Cilla Black’s funeral service, which takes place today (20th August) at 1pm in Liverpool, have been revealed. The service has been organised by her three sons, and will take place at St Mary’s Church in Woolton, where Cilla married her late husband Bobby in March 1969. Many famous faces who were close to the legendary entertainer will be attending the service to pay their respects, with Sir Cliff Richard set to perform his hit ‘Faithful One’ in tribute to his friend.
Following earlier reports that Cilla Black had been attempting to have her life turned into a West End show before she tragically passed away, aged 72, it has now been CONFIRMED that her rags-to-riches story will be brought to the stage as her son has started talking to producers. Cilla had been in meetings with producers, who were interested in telling the story of her rise to fame, prior to her death.
It has been reported that Cilla Black attempted to have her life turned into a West End show before she died earlier this month, aged 72.