Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Those Radio Times Advent Calendar: The Beatles At Christmas

Retrospace'  Those Radio Times Advent Calendar continues today with a Christmas season of movies from 1979 starring the Fab Four John, Paul, George and Ringo!

Beatles fans were actually spoilt this particular festive season as from December 21 onwards as all The Beatles films including Magical Mystery Tour, Help!, The Beatles at Shea Stadium, Yellow Submarine, A Hard Days Night and Let It Be were broadcast on BBC2 over the Christmas holiday.

Many of the films had received regular showings on the BBC during the 1970s, but following John Lennon's assassination the following year (in which Help! was hastily scheduled on BBC1 as a tribute) the films were shown less frequently.

In recent years A Hard Days Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine have all gained repeats. Let It Be has not been repeated since a rock season on BBC2 in the early 80s while The Beatles at Shea Stadium has not been shown since 1979.

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