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Cilla: The Lost Tapes: Viewers hail the ‘national treasure’ as new footage is shown in ITV doc

What a gift for fans!

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Nearly five years since her death, Cilla Black’s hidden tapes filled with family moments and snapshots of her life with husband Bobby Willis have finally been aired on ITV.

Viewers couldn’t be happier to have an intimate look via the new documentary Cilla: The Lost Tapes of Cilla’s life at home, her early career and her marriage to husband and manager Bobby Willis.

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Cilla Black’s treasure trove of home movies feature family moments with husband Bobby and son Robert. (Credit: ITV)

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The hour-long documentary, which aired last night (Wednesday, February 19) unveiled a treasure trove of camera footage with many famous faces appearing including Ringo Starr, Paul O’Grady, Simon Cowell and Nigel Lythgoe.

Viewers were loving the chance to see some of the precious moments between Cilla and husband Bobby, who died in 1999 at 57 years old.

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The never before seen footage showed moments including Cilla and Bobby’s wedding day. (Credit: ITV)

Aside from the unseen footage of Cilla and Bobby, some of the famous faces caught on camera also caught the viewers’ attention – including The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

With footage shot in the Alps as Cilla and Ringo were skiing and filming a segment alongside comedy puppet Basil Brush, many were quick to point out the obvious chemistry.

But for many it was an opportunity to remember Cilla for what made her famous at the start: her voice.

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Cilla Black was discovered and managed by famous music entrepreneur Brian Epstein. (Credit: ITV)

That was when Saturday night telly was Saturday night telly! Cilla was a true great!

Aside from her singing voice and hits such as Anyone Who Had A Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, Cilla also had a glittering TV career with shows such as Surprise Surprise and Blind Date.

The walk down memory lane brought back memories of the famous primetime shows for many viewers. One wrote: “As a kid I loved Blind Date and Surprise Surprise. That was when Saturday night telly was Saturday night telly! Cilla was a true great!”

Another added: “She was really good at presenting Blind Date, you gorra give her credit for that.”

Cilla was known for her true professionalism, and those that worked with her were also quick to praise her.

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Behind the scenes footage showed a flirtation between Cilla Black and The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. (Credit: ITV)

Amongst those reminiscing fondly were fellow celebrities including Holly Willoughby who took over presenting Surprise Surprise on ITV and close friends Nigel Lythgoe and Paul O’ Grady.

Viewers remembered some of Cilla’s iconic moments that made her a ‘national treasure’.

Cilla Black died in August 2015, but her legacy isn’t one easily forgotten.

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