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On October 5th 1962 the Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do. It was a moment that changed music history and popular culture forever. It was also an extraordinary year in social and cultural history, not just for Liverpool but for the world, with the Cuban missile crisis, John Glenn in space and beer at a shilling a pint.

Stuart Maconie explores how the Beatles changed from leather and slicked back hair to suits and Beatles mops, and how their fashion set the pace for the sixties to follow. Pop artist Sir Peter Blake, (Whispering)Bob Harris, Gerry Marsden, Beatles Fan Club President Freda Kelly, Love Me Do drummer Andy White and former Beatles drummer Pete Best, join friends to reflect on how John, Paul, George and Ringo evolved into the most famous band in the world.....The Beatles! (59 mins.)

DVD format includes the special bonus feature:


Recorded for the 40th anniversary of Abbey Road, The Beatles' final album, a journey through the classic and curious covers in the BBC archives.

Featuring Sandie Shaw singing a sassy Day Tripper, Shirley Bassey belting out Something, a close-harmony Carpenters cover of Help!, Joe Cocker's chart-topping With a Little Help from My Friends, Oasis reinventing the Walrus and a little Lady Madonna from Macca himself.

Plus a few 'magical' moments from Candy Flip, The Korean Kittens and Su Pollard. (00:58:42)

Korean Kittens ~ Can't Buy Me Love

Cilla Black & Dudley Moore ~ If I Fell

Sandie Shaw ~ Day Tripper

Sandie Shaw ~ Ticket to Ride

Joe Cocker ~ With a Little Help From My Friends

Carpenters ~ Help!

Nana Mouskouri ~ Hey Jude

Petula Clark ~ Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Buddy Rich ~ Norwegian Wood

Richie Havens ~ Here Comes The Sun

Jeff Beck ~ She's a Woman

Elton John ~ I Saw Her Standing There

Shirley Bassey ~ Something

Matt Monro ~ Yesterday

Siouxsie and the Banshees ~ Dear Prudence

Tina Turner ~ Help!

Su Pollard ~ Back in the USSR

Candy Flip ~ Strawberry Fields Forever

Oasis ~ I Am The Walrus

Paul McCartney ~ Lady Madonna