Cilla: surprise, surprise

A strange thing happened to me this week. I found myself sniffling joyfully at Cilla, the ITV three-part drama about Cilla Black.

I know. I know!

How can this be? Although I did cry at the Coleman sauce advert as well this week so my cheese-monitor can’t be trusted.

Even though Sheridan Smith is just fabulous and the love story between Cilla and Bobby is really cute I was surprised (surprise, surprise) to find myself swept up in bittersweet nostalgia

You see the whole show reminded me of my Dad. My lovely Dad who I lost 13 years ago.

And I miss my Dad. Lots.

My husband thought I was a loon bucket as I sat there dabbing my eyes and saying stuff like “the unexpected hits you between the eyes!”

Anyone who has lost a parent will tell you that it is the silly stuff that catches you out. The unpredictable thing when you are least expecting it – that’s the surprise you seesurprise, surprise (sorry! I’ll stop!). Sometimes those memories can be painful but then at other times, they are worth their weight in gold.

The show took me back to a time when my Nan (my Dad’s mum) had a stall in a local market selling fur coats and pink fluffy negligees (back in the day when both were acceptable). I loved going to that market. I loved the banter and bartering. I mostly loved going around the other stall holders, my Nan’s mates, who would give me 50 pence to spend on the toy stalls. It was beyond ace on toast.

There was one stall holder that held particular fascination – a lovely lady called old Cilla – whose daughter hosted a show on a Saturday night that we could stay up for. I was in awe of the fact that my Nan was friends with her.

I would pester my Dad for information but she was just always Cilla from the block to him (before Jenny got in on the action). My Nan was not so shy and would regale us with stories – usually putting herself in the epicentre (she was pretty cool my Nan).

Cilla, Alan and Old Cilla. Source: Daily Mail

Getting a slice of your childhood handed back to you on a plate on a Monday night is quite a gift. Especially as I get older and my links to my Dad’s family become less and less. His stories are not shared as they once were. But for two nights recently I’ve been thrust into them again and I felt like I had him in touching distance. Precious stuff.

So who is joining me for the final part of the series tomorrow? Look out for old Cilla’s chums in her parlour.

If the unexpected brings a smile.
That’s a big surprise.

Surprise, surprise!
Gabe says: “Anyone got any idea what she is talking about? Anyone? Nope! Nor us.
But I do like the sound of those pink negligees.”

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9 Comments on Cilla: surprise, surprise

  1. The Reading Residence
    September 29, 2014 at 10:58 am (8 years ago)

    Liking those Cilla puns! I'm glad you're enjoying your jaunt down memory lane, and what a claim to fame!

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  2. Le Coin de Mel
    September 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm (8 years ago)

    I can't believe I have missed it! I have seen the trailer and thought it would be a great programme to watch. Will have to try and catch it on demand. #MagicMoments

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  3. Redpeffer
    September 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm (8 years ago)

    I did enjoy the idea of your husband thinking you were a 'loon bucket' for crying-guys just don't get it do they?! I'm glad the programme is bringing back some lovely memories.

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  4. pinkoddy
    September 29, 2014 at 10:43 pm (8 years ago)

    Sorry to hear about your dad. My mom died when I was 20.
    I haven't seen this show – don't really have much tv time. Glad it's giving you some comfort.

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  5. Erica Price
    September 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm (8 years ago)

    Lovely stories. Must be very difficult to lose a parent so young. x

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  6. Judith Hurrell
    September 30, 2014 at 9:14 pm (8 years ago)

    Never mind 5 Degrees of Separation, you and Cilla are practically family! No wonder you were having a wee sob. It's good to reminisce and indulge in happy memories every now and then – keeps the past in touch with the present for generations to come. xxxx

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  7. Sara Murray
    September 30, 2014 at 9:47 pm (8 years ago)

    I lost my dad over twenty years ago, and you're right that it's the oddest things that catch you. I would have liked to have seen this programme, bet it's fascinating and, I imagine, quite entertaining x #WhatstheStory

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  8. pixiedusk
    October 3, 2014 at 5:45 am (8 years ago)

    I lost people and so true about the things that reminds me of them makes me cry. Simple things really like crackers that my cousin loves to eat, mangoes that my Grandmother loves so much. MEmories just go back everytime I see things that they most love. #magicmoments

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  9. Jaime Oliver
    October 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm (8 years ago)

    oh no i missed this!! … i will have to see if i can get it on demand!

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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