The Beatles: Made on Merseyside

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The Beatles: Made on Merseyside
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Review

A night of Fab Four-themed repeats starts with this documentary on the early years. The 2019 film explores the influences that sculpted the band, both in Liverpool and on the mean streets of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn.

Insights from friends and contemporaries add colour. “I don’t think many of the parents liked John. They used to refer to him as ‘that Lennon’,” says the Quarrymen’s Len Garry. Paul, meanwhile, “always did his homework on time”, and Ringo “was in hospital so much, the other kids called him Lazarus”.

It’s followed by a compendium of covers (Sings the Beatles, 10.55pm) and a retrospective of John Lennon’s performances (TOTP2: John Lennon Special, 11.55pm).

Summary

Few dispute that the Beatles defined 1960s music and popular culture like no other band, but how John, Paul, George and Ringo made the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars is less known. Director Alan Byron's documentary recounts the rise of the band as American rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Beat sound.

Cast & Crew

Director Alan Byron
Producer Alan Byron
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