Material part of 'Beatles on Record'
LONDON — A documentary featuring previously unpublished conversations between the Beatles as they worked together in London’s Abbey Road recording studio will be broadcast by the BBC as part of a weeklong tribute to the group.The material is part of helmer Bob Smeaton’s “The Beatles on Record.” Smeaton specializes in music docs and worked on “The Beatles Anthology” series. Docu provides a concise history of the Beatles in the studio with narration by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and their producer George Martin. Alongside the never-heard-before outtakes of chat from Abbey Road are clips from more than 60 songs, rare footage and photographs from Beatle archives. “The Beatles on Record” has yet to be picked up by U.S. cable web BBC America, but a spokeswoman for the channel said it is under consideration. Other highlights of the week are the preem of Emmy-nominated director Leslie Woodhead’s “How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin,” examining the Fab Four’s social impact in Soviet Russia, and the first TV showing of “The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit,” depicting the quartet’s seminal 1964 trip and helmed by brothers Albert and David Maysles. The tribute week kicks off on BBC2 and BBC4 on Sept. 5 and coincides with the Sept. 9 release on both sides of the Atlantic of the first Beatles videogame and remastered versions of all the group’s main albums.