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A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

The Beatles first feature film was a surprisingly sensational comedy, which revolved around a fictional 36 hours in their hectic schedule during a trip to...

Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr is best known for her striking photos of The Beatles taken during their first stay in Hamburg, which were later reproduced around the world. Ironically,...

Backbeat (1994)

The early days of The Beatles in Hamburg provide a colourful backdrop for the story of Stuart Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff), the original Beatles bassist...

Beatlemania

By 1963 the newspapers were calling it "Beatlemania" - and there was no doubt that Britain was in love with The Beatles. Screaming fans clogged the...

Beatles Cartoon, The

1 9 6 5 - 1 9 6 9 (USA) 39 x 30 minute episodes The Beatles cartoons were screened in the US from 25 September 1965 to...

Beatles, The

So it goes like this . . . 15-year-old Paul McCartney hears a Skiffle group called The Quarrymen play on Saturday 6 July 1957. Along with a police dog...

Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein was born on 19 September 1934, in Rodney Street, Liverpool - an exclusive area well known for its concentration of doctors. The...

Cavern, The

A foul-smelling, dirty, damp and cramped cellar beneath a fruit warehouse at 10 Mathew Street in Liverpool city centre had served as a World...

George Harrison

Of all the individual solo output following the break-up of The Beatles, George Harrison provided the real surprise with the 1970 triple album set All Things...

George Martin

George Martin was working as a producer for EMI Records' Parlophone label when, in 1962, he heard the demo tapes of a group called The...

Help! (1965)

Fresh from the success of A Hard Day's Night, The Beatles had the world at their feet and pitched to follow in the globetrotting wake...

John Lennon

"We're more popular than Jesus right now", John Lennon said in 1966 at the height of The Beatles success. His irreverent remark caused a storm of...

Let It Be (1970)

Originally arranged as rehearsals for a one-off live show, the TV documentary/concert McCartney envisioned devolved instead into a depressing fly-on-the-wall ogle at The Beatles'...

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

This hour-long made-for-television film starring The Beatles first aired on BBC1 on 26 December 1967. Upon its initial showing, the public and critics attacked the movie...

Neil Aspinall

If anyone beyond Brian Epstein and George Martin deserved to be called 'the fifth Beatle' it was probably Neil Aspinall. While other aides, such as...

Paul Is Dead – The McCartney Myth

On 12 October 1969, out of the blue, a Detroit radio station began announcing that Paul McCartney was dead. The shock claim was picked up...

Paul McCartney

Inspired equally by show tunes, music hall and rock 'n' roll, the young James Paul McCartney (whose first guitar, incidentally, was a Rosetti Lucky...

Ringo Starr

Richard Starkey was born in the Dingle area of Liverpool on 7 July 1940. While John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best sweated through their musical apprenticeship...

Stuart Sutcliffe

Deciding to concentrate on being an artist rather than a musician, Sutcliffe opted to stay in Hamburg and lived there with his girlfriend Astrid Kirchherr. Stuart...

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From Here to Eternity

1 9 8 0 (USA) 12 x 60 minute episodes The TV miniseries of James Joyce's novel did well in 1979, prompting NBC to wonder how long...

Rufus Thomas

Born on 26 March 1917 in Cayce, Mississippi, Rufus Thomas first hit the stage as a dancer and comedian with the Rabbit Foot Minstrels....

Touched by an Angel

1 9 9 4 - 2 0 0 3 (USA) 211 x 50 minute episodes Three angels are sent to Earth to help solve worldly problems, Monica,...

Love Thy Neighbour

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 6 (UK) 54 x 30 minute episodes 1 x 45 minute episode 1 x special Staunch Union Jack-waving socialist Eddie Booth...

Salon Kitty (1976)

Kitty Kellermann (Ingrid Thulin) runs a brothel in Nazi Germany - the Salon Kitty - where the soldiers of the Third Reich come to...

Sweet Ride, The (1968)

Ageing tennis hustler Collie Ransom (Tony Franciosa), young surfer Denny McGuire (Michael Sarrazin), and young musician Choo-Choo Burns (Bob Denver) live the beach bum...

Top Town

1 9 5 4 - 1 9 6 1 (UK) Beginning as a radio series in 1950, Top Town was an inter-town competition, although unlike It's A Knockout (with...

Abigail

Abigail became the undisputed Number One female sex symbol in Australia during the 1970's, primarily as a result of her playing Bev Houghton in...