Arena

Episode 2. Arena: George Harrison - Living in the Material World

Arena: George Harrison - Living in the Material World
Radio Times
Review by:
Terry Payne

The second part of this utterly absorbing account of Harrison’s life opens with a handwritten entry in his diary for the date 10 Jan 1969. “Got up. Went to Twickenham. Rehearsed until lunchtime – left the Beatles.”

And so the concluding chapter of his story is set in motion, a story that’s punctuated with candid interviews – Eric Clapton describes how he stole Harrison’s wife, Pattie – wonderful archive footage and, best of all, music from Harrison’s own songbook.

The story of the Beatles so often concentrates on Lennon and McCartney. This unmissable film underlines the importance of Harrison to that legacy.

About this programme

Part two of two. Martin Scorsese documentary tracing Harrison's post-Beatle days, including his solo career and work with the Traveling Wilburys, and the financial backing he gave to the production of Monty Python's Life of Brian. His love of motor racing is also explored, as is his family life, which includes an account of the 1999 attack on Harrison and his wife by an intruder. Featuring contributions from wife Olivia and son Dhani, racing driver Jackie Stewart, musician Tom Petty and actor Eric Idle.

Cast and crew

Crew

Director
Martin Scorsese
Producer
Olivia Harrison
Producer
Nigel Sinclair
Producer
Martin Scorsese
Categories
Arts
Documentary