Timewatch: Season 26, Episode 2

Beatlemania (12 Jan. 2007)

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In the 1960s, the Beatles inadvertently revolutionized the music industry, instigated the birth of youth culture and then, at the height of their popularity, inexplicably retired from the ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Barry Tashian ...
Himself, The Remains - support band
Tony Barrow ...
Himself, The Beatles' press officer 1962-1966
Barry Hood ...
Himself, amateur film-maker
Maureen Cleave ...
Herself, journalist
Chris Hutchins ...
Himself - journalist
Tony Bramwell ...
Himself, The Beatles' road manager 1962-1970
Tony Newman ...
Himself, Sounds Incorporated - support band
Dick Thomas ...
Himself, Sounds Incorporated - support band
Ivor Davis ...
Himself, journalist
Larry Kane ...
Himself, journalist, broadcaster
Alan Holmes ...
Himself, Sounds Incorporated - support band
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Epstein ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)


In the 1960s, the Beatles inadvertently revolutionized the music industry, instigated the birth of youth culture and then, at the height of their popularity, inexplicably retired from the stage. Using unseen home movies, the Fab Four are shown during their touring years and lets the viewer see the record-setting musicians at work from the vantage of their road crew. Written by webmaster@michael-praed.com

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"Timewatch: Beatlemania" provides a fascinating account of the group's touring years
8 September 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this BBC documentary episode of "Timewatch", about The Beatles' touring years in the first part of the '60s, on YouTube. Those years were marked at first with the Fab Four's bemusement at the attention of their fans especially the screaming teenage girls. But eventually that attention, not to mention the constant chaos concerning both the touring and the death threats after John's remarks about his group being bigger than Jesus to British reporter Maureen Cleave which eventually found it's way in the U.S. teen fan magazine DATEbook, exacted a strain that resulted in their final scheduled concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. As a child born of Philippine parents and a native of Chicago, Ill., I was especially interested in the account of the Mop Tops' snubbing the Marcos palace's invitation which got them almost killed and their initial U.S. concert in the Windy City after all the controversy concerning John's Jesus remark. Many interviews of Cleave as well as those of tour personnel and many opening act members provide many insights of what it was like to spend time with those Liverpool Lads. One more interview with one Barry Hood-who made home movie footage of the preparations of that final concert-provide how even by that time the field manager and the tour manager went on to an argument of how the equipment was going to be handled. Lots of great previously unseen footage of this innovative music group abound. So on that note, I highly recommend "Timewatch: Beatlemania" to many of this group's fans as well as anyone who still wonders what the big deal about them was.

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