Cilla Black’s iconic life and career celebrated in new Channel 5 documentary

Following months of seemingly endless royal documentaries, Channel 5 switched to a different kind of national treasure.

The only mystery was why they chose Sunday to show Our Cilla: The One And Only. As far as I can make out, it wasn’t a significant anniversary in the life or career of Cilla Black.

We must therefore assume it was commissioned to mark the 15 years that have passed since Cilla revealed in a BBC2 documentary that her favourite snack was half an orange with an Oxo cube sprinkled over it.

Anyway, I say national treasure because this 90-minute film was very much a hagiography.

That back in the 1980s, Cilla demanded a toilet be installed in her dressing room at ITV so she didn’t have to walk down the corridor for a wee.

Sadly, there was no word about whether anyone scrawled “Step inside, luv” on said toilet door.

But I really hope that someone did.

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