Liverpool singer, actor and all round entertainer Cilla Black talks family and career on 'The Late Late Show'.

Host Gay Byrne and Cilla reminisce about about their younger years and Cilla jokes about Gay's grey hair. 

You're absolute living proof that Grecian 2000 does not work.

Almost twenty years has passed since Gay and Cilla last met. Cilla now has three sons, Our Robert, Our Ben and Our Jack.

Gay asks Cilla about how she managed to remain "normal" while having such a successful career and being surrounded by the temptations that come with it. Cilla put her ability to stay grounded down to how she was brought up. 

It's not really that you change. It's people change towards you.

Cilla also talks about her much loved Scouse accent and gives Gay a few examples of colloquial Merseyside fighting talk,

Who knitted your face and dropped a stitch?

Cilla Black performs on The Late Late Show in 1982
Cilla Black performs on The Late Late Show in 1982

Cilla met her husband Bobby when she was 16 and they have been together for 22 years. 

I saw this lovely fella with a tan and I thought with this blonde hair he's either foreign or he's got money. And when he spoke, I thought he's definitely got money.

Cilla was also friends with The Beatles, as they were both managed by Brian Epstein. She talks about hearing about the death of John Lennon, with whom she was very close. 

When asked what she would have been if she hadn't pursued her current career, Cilla says

I think I would've been a hairdresser. I love fiddling with hair.

Cilla used to do Ringo Starr's mother's hair in exchange for spam and chips. Her own trademark red hair came from a bottle at the age of 13.  

Cilla was in Dublin for a series of concerts at the National Concert Hall and gives the Late Late audience a preview of what to expect with a performance of 'You needed me', a song written by Anne Murray.

This episode of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast on 23 January 1982.