The Beatles Anthology

ABC (ended 1995)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 8

    Episode 8 (July '68 to The End)

    Aired 11/23/95

  • S 1 : Ep 7

    Episode 7 (June '67 to July '68)

    Aired 11/23/95

  • S 1 : Ep 6

    Episode 6 (July '66 to June '67)

    Aired 11/22/95

  • S 1 : Ep 5

    Episode 5 (August '65 to July '66)

    Aired 11/22/95

  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Episode 4 (August '64 to August '65)

    Aired 11/19/95

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul McCartney


  • Ringo Starr


  • George Harrison


  • Neil Aspinall

  • George Martin


  • show Description
  • An official documentary featuring the world's most famous and influential band, this series interweaves performances, archival footage, and film clips of the Beatles. A complete history emerges throughout the course of the program told from the perspective of the band members themselves.

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • George Harrison (about replacing Pete Best with Ringo Starr): Historically, it may look like we did something nasty to Pete. It may have been we could have done it better, but the thing was--as history also shows--Ringo was the member of the band. It's just that he didn't enter the film until that particular scene.

    • Paul McCartney (about Stuart Sutcliffe joining the group in 1960): John and I gave him a quite, sort of, persuasive argument that the best thing to do, obviously, was to buy this Hofner bass. He went and did that. The only trouble was--he couldn't play it. George Harrison: But, it was better to have a bass player who couldn't play than to not have a bass player at all.

    • George Harrison (about the music videos the Beatles filmed): We thought, well, we can't go everywhere. We'll send these things out to promote the record. And obviously, like, these days, everyone does that. It's just part of your promotion for a single. So, I suppose in a way, we invented MTV.

    • Paul McCartney: I know John got a bit annoyed, sort of saying 'Paul is trying to be the leader of the group' and stuff. It's possible that I was there more than anyone.

    • Paul McCartney: I remember thinking of it like army buddies... but one day, you kiss the army goodbye and get married and act like normal people. It was a bit like that for the Beatles--we always knew that day had to come.

    • Paul McCartney: When we sat down to play, we played good from the very beginning...we could just play any little blues or rock and roll thing--and it seemed to work.

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    Notes (6)

    • The excerpts from "That'll Be the Day" and "In Spite of All the Danger" are from the very first recording that John, Paul, and George made together in 1958. Only one copy of the original shellac disc was made, and it was considered lost until 1981, when Duff Lowe, the piano player on the songs, revealed that he still had it in his possession.

    • The "Rain" and "Paperback Writer" videos that appear in this episode are the final versions filmed in 1966 by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The clip that features the greeting to Ed Sullivan was originally an accompaniment to the earlier videotaped versions of these songs.

    • The video of "Strawberry Fields Forever" which appears in this episode was filmed in January, 1967 by director Peter Goldmann. The video for "Penny Lane" was filmed in February, 1967.

    • Three different versions of the "Hello Goodbye" video were filmed on November 10, 1967; Paul McCartney was the director.

    • The film clip of "All You Need is Love" was originally broadcast for the television special, Our World, on June 25, 1967. The show was viewed via satellite by an estimated audience of over 400 million people. The performance was originally filmed in black and white, and colorised for its inclusion in this episode.

    • The videos for "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" were both filmed on September 4, 1968. Michael Lindsay-Hogg was the director and Paul McCartney designed the sets.

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    Trivia (15)

    • The Beatles' performances in this episode (recordings and archival footage): "A Day in the Life", "Help!", "I Feel Fine", "In My Life", "I'll Follow the Sun", "I'm Down", "One After 909", "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "In Spite of All the Danger", "Something", "Besame Mucho", "Hallelujah I Love Her So", "How Do You Do It", "I'll Always Be in Love With You", "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", "Kansas City", "Leave My Kitten Alone", "Long Tall Sally", "Money", "Red Hot", "Red Sails in the Sunset", "Roll Over Beethoven", "The Sheik of Araby", "Some Other Guy", "That'll Be the Day", "Three Cool Cats", "Twist and Shout", "Come Go With Me", "Nobody's Child", "Please", "Raunchy", "Think It Over", "Three-30 Blues", and "Twenty Flight Rock"

    • Other artists' performing in this episode (archival footage): Fats Domino-"Ain't That a Shame" Eddie Cochran-"C'mon Everybody" and "Twenty Flight Rock" The Del-Vikings-"Come Go With Me" The Shadows-"FBI" The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group-"Freight Train" Elvis Presley-"Hound Dog" and "That's Alright Mama" Gerry and the Pacemakers-"How Do You Do It" Mitch Murray-"How Do You Do It" Carole Carr-"How Much is That Doggie in the Window" Geraldo and his Orchestra-"I'm Beginning to See the Light" Glenn Miller and his Orchestra-"In the Mood" Frankie Lane-"Jezebel" Little Richard-"Long Tall Sally", "The Girl Can't Help It" and "Ready Teddy" Tony Sheridan (with the Beatles)-"My Bonnie" Ronnie Hilton-"No Other Love" Buddy Holly and the Crickets-"Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be the Day" Bill Haley and the Comets-"Rock Around the Clock" Lonnie Donegan-"Rock Island Line" Jackie Brenston-"Rocket 88" The Coasters-"Searchin'" Jimmie Rodgers-"T for Texas" Vera Lynn-"We'll Meet Again" Big Bill Broonzy-"When Did You Leave Heaven"

    • The Beatles' performances in this episode (recordings and archival footage): "All My Loving", "All You Need Is Love", "Do You Want to Know a Secret", "Help!", "I Should Have Known Better", "I'll Be Back", "I'll Be on My Way", "I'll Get You", "It Won't Be Long", "No Reply", "One After 909", "Tell Me Why", "What You're Doing", "From Me to You", "I Saw Her Standing There", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Misery", "Thank You Girl", "There's a Place", "She Loves You", "Ask Me Why", "Please Please Me", "Love Me Do", "P.S. I Love You", "A Taste of Honey", "Anna", "Baby It's You", "Boys", "Chains", "Lonesome Tears in My Eyes", "Long Tall Sally", "Mr. Moonlight", "Moonlight Bay", "Please Mr. Postman", "Roll Over Beethoven", "So How Come", "That's Alright Mama", "Til There Was You", "Twist and Shout", and "If You're Irish, Come into the Parlour"

    • Other artists performing in this episode (recordings and archival footage): Eric Morecambe-"I Like It" The Rolling Stones-"I Wanna Be Your Man" Helen Shapiro-"Look Who It Is" Roy Orbison-"Oh Pretty Woman"

    • The Beatles' performances in this episode (recordings and archival footage): "A Hard Day's Night", "And I Love Her", "Anytime at All", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Help!", "I Should Have Known Better", "I'll Be Back", "I'll Follow the Sun", "If I Fell", "No Reply", "Things We Said Today", "What You're Doing", "I Saw Her Standing There", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "All My Loving", "This Boy", "You Can't Do That", "She Loves You", "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", and "Long Tall Sally"

    • Other artists' performances in this episode (recordings and archival footage): Marvin Gaye-"Pride and Joy" Ray Block-"There's No Business Like Show Business"

    • The Beatles' performances in this episode (recordings and archival footage): "Another Girl", "Eight Days a Week", "Help!", "I Feel Fine", "If You've Got Troubles", "The Night Before", "That Means a Lot", "Things We Said Today", "Ticket to Ride", "You're Going to Lose That Girl", "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away", "All My Loving", "I'm a Loser", "I'm Down", "She's a Woman", "Yesterday", "She Loves You", "Don't Bother Me", "I Need You", "Act Naturally", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", "Hey Hey Hey", "Kansas City", "Rock and Roll Music", and "Slow Down"

    • Other artists' performances in this episode (recordings and archival footage): Bob Dylan-"A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'"

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