Cilla would ‘die happy’ to be in Coronation Street

Cilla Black has revealed she would “die happy” if she had the chance to be on Coronation Street.

The Liverpudlian TV star has been a massive fan of the soap since it was first broadcast 50 years ago.

She told the Sun: “My life’s ambition would be to be an extra on an episode. The offer hasn’t been forthcoming yet unfortunately, but I would absolutely love it if I could.

“To say I’ve been in Coronation Street, well, I would die happy.”

Explaining her love affair with the show, Cilla said it was the first time she saw characters on television she could identify with.

“This was at a time when TV was in black and white and everyone on it either talked terribly posh or, if they had a regional accent, then it was Cockney.

“This was when newsreaders would wear a black jacket and bow tie. So we were absolutely gobsmacked to see ordinary, northern people in a show.

“‘My God,’ we thought, ‘we’ve been recognised at last. Not everyone talks like the Queen or Barbara Windsor’.”

Coronation Street marks its 50th anniversary with a week of special episodes, which will feature a tram crash and a live transmission.