TV Preview: Arena: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited
+ Magical Mystery Tour
Magical Mystery Tour Revisited (BBC. 2012. Directed by: Francis Hanly. Running time: 60min)
+ Magical Mystery Tour (BBC. 1967. Directed by The Beatles. Featuring: The Beatles, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Ivor Cutler, Victor Spinetti. Running time: 53min. Certificate: U)
Arena documentary telling the story behind The Beatles' polarising third feature, screening alongside the film itself. Read more
In September 1967, The Beatles made their third film featuring six new songs – a dreamlike story of a coach day trip to the seaside. It was seen by a third of the nation, at 8:35 on BBC1 on Boxing Day in black and white, and all hell broke loose. Magical Mystery Tour was greeted with outrage and derision by middle England and the establishment media. ‘How dare they?’, they cried – ‘They’re not film directors, who do they think they are?’, they howled. Where were the four lovable moptops of Help! and A Hard Day’s Night? Now, after 45 years, this virtually forgotten film has been fully restored and, screening alongside it, BBC TV’s multi-award- winning Arena tells this greatest of untold Beatles stories with contributors including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Paul Merton, Terry Gilliam, Peter Fonda and Neil Innes. Roll up for the Mystery Tour!
Tickets £10, concs £6.75 (Members pay £1.50 less))