“I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all, full of heart.She was a very special person, and I have lost a very wonderful friend.“I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands.
“My condolences go out to her family and all who loved her.Here is everything you need to know about the show...Blind Date series two continues on Channel 5 this Saturday, June 30, at 6pm.God bless her.” Sheridan Smith, who played the singer in last year’s three-part ITV drama that charted her rise to stardom, said she was “absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news about Cilla”.“She was the most remarkable woman, a true legend,” the actress said.“She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. She will always be with me.” Lord Grade, the former executive chairman of ITV, said a once-nervous Cilla soon gained a natural confidence in front of the cameras and went on to become an “enduring family favourite”.It was a privilege to know and love her.” Christopher Biggins, who co-starred in Surprise Surprise, said the news of her death was “devastating”. “A natural, natural performer of the highest quality,” he added. She always felt like a friend in your living room when she was on TV.Kramer and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers (PA) It is understood that the two younger men were told the news on Saturday night and immediately made arrangements to fly to Spain.The £2.2m family home in Denham, Bucks, remained quiet as one mourner laid a solitary bunch of flowers outside the property.The legendary British presenter Cilla passed away in August 2015, having suffered a stroke following a fall in her Spanish villa.He said before series one: “Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers.