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Cilla Black to receive RTS Legends award

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Image caption Black became Brian Epstein's only female vocalist when he signed her in 1963

Singer and TV personality Cilla Black is to receive the inaugural Royal Television Society's Legends Award.

The award, to honour her 50 years in the TV business, will be presented on 5 December at the House of Lords.

The event - the RTS Legends Lunch: In Conversation with Cilla Black - will see her chat about her TV career with writer and producer Jeff Pope.

He was behind the recent ITV biopic, Cilla, which focused on the early part of Black's career.

Sheridan Smith played the role of the young Liverpudlian typist who dreams of stardom.

Black has enjoyed 19 top 40 singles during her career, including two number ones - Anyone Who Had A Heart and You're My World.

She later went on to become a famous face on TV with her own BBC show Cilla, performing alongside singers such as Matt Monro, Andy Williams, Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard. It ran between 1968 and 1976.

In the 1980s and 90s, she became a household name for a new generation with long-running shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise for ITV.

Earlier this year, Black was honoured at the Bafta TV Awards in recognition of her contribution to entertainment.

In an interview with the BBC in May, she hinted she may not appear on TV again.

When asked about the representation of older people on TV, Black said: "But [if you have] a 70-year-old and a 25-year-old with the same talent, I'm going to watch the 25-year-old! I don't want to see a 70-year-old on television....

"Look, I'm going to enjoy myself. If it be in television then so be it, but I've had my time."

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