1. Kevin Howlett restored the BBC's archive of The Beatles on BBC radio and TV early in their career. Today he explains the juxtaposition of the “radical” Beatles and the more formal radio and TV actors:

I think it’s important to put yourself back in that era, and this is the year [1963] before it all happens in America and internationally, this is the breakthrough year for The Beatles, make or break time. And what they were doing was revolutionary and shocking: the choice of material, the way they were allowed to be themselves on the air and be so witty and irreverent, all in a very good-natured way, but the culture clash of the cheeky lads from Liverpool with the trained actors who might be presenting programs with them.


photo cred: Harry Myers/Rex Features View in High-Res

    Kevin Howlett restored the BBC's archive of The Beatles on BBC radio and TV early in their career. Today he explains the juxtaposition of the “radical” Beatles and the more formal radio and TV actors:

    I think it’s important to put yourself back in that era, and this is the year [1963] before it all happens in America and internationally, this is the breakthrough year for The Beatles, make or break time. And what they were doing was revolutionary and shocking: the choice of material, the way they were allowed to be themselves on the air and be so witty and irreverent, all in a very good-natured way, but the culture clash of the cheeky lads from Liverpool with the trained actors who might be presenting programs with them.

    photo cred: Harry Myers/Rex Features

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    interview

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  1. Tomorrow: Our guest Kevin Howlett has restored the BBC archive of The Beatles’ recordings and written documents from their early career. He is the executive producer of The Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 that has just been released.
Tomorrow we listen to some of these tracks and discuss early BBC radio and TV appearances of the group.


"Nobody had any idea of how fast they would progress and how every record they ever made would be a signal from the front to other groups, ‘This is what you have to catch up to.’ They were so progressive."
-Kevin Howlett View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: Our guest Kevin Howlett has restored the BBC archive of The Beatles’ recordings and written documents from their early career. He is the executive producer of The Beatles On Air: Live at the BBC Volume 2 that has just been released.

    Tomorrow we listen to some of these tracks and discuss early BBC radio and TV appearances of the group.

    "Nobody had any idea of how fast they would progress and how every record they ever made would be a signal from the front to other groups, ‘This is what you have to catch up to.’ They were so progressive."

    -Kevin Howlett

  2. fresh air

    interview

    the beatles

    bbc

    kevin howlett

    john lennon

    paul mccartney

    ringo starr

    george harrison

  1. David Bianculli reviews BBC America’s TV movie “Burton and Taylor” a “narrow biography” of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Bianculli considers last year’s Lifetime TV movie “Liz & Dick" starring Lindsay Lohan in his review:

Burton and Taylor is as serious as last year’s Liz & Dick telemovie was campy. For writer Ivory and director Richard Laxton, it’s easily a career best. For stars Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West, it’s one more triumph to add to their already impressive resumes. And for other TV writers and producers looking to dramatize the lives of famous figures, Burton and Taylor, like Steven Spielberg’s narrowly focused movie biography of Lincoln, serves as a very clear lesson. Sometimes, when deciding how much of a life to examine, less very definitely is more.


Read the full review here.


image via BBC View in High-Res

    David Bianculli reviews BBC America’s TV movie “Burton and Taylor a “narrow biography” of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Bianculli considers last year’s Lifetime TV movie “Liz & Dick" starring Lindsay Lohan in his review:

    Burton and Taylor is as serious as last year’s Liz & Dick telemovie was campy. For writer Ivory and director Richard Laxton, it’s easily a career best. For stars Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West, it’s one more triumph to add to their already impressive resumes. And for other TV writers and producers looking to dramatize the lives of famous figures, Burton and Taylor, like Steven Spielberg’s narrowly focused movie biography of Lincoln, serves as a very clear lesson. Sometimes, when deciding how much of a life to examine, less very definitely is more.

    Read the full review here.

    image via BBC

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    elizabeth taylor

    richard burton

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    david bianculli

  1. Good morning!

    Yesterday’s Pegg/Frost interview felt reminiscent of the the quip-y tiffs on The BBC cult series The Mighty Boosh. Here’s one of my favorite scenes featuring an argument about jazz. Do you fear jazz? What’s happening? The shapes, the chaos…

    -Molly

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    jazz

    electro

    noel fielding

    julian barratt

    bbc

  1. The British musical private-eye drama, which first aired in 1986, starred Michael Gambon as a novelist hospitalized with a horrible skin condition who tries to write a Hollywood screenplay in his mind. David Bianculli explains why The Singing Detective is “TV’s most polished, audacious masterpiece.” View in High-Res

    The British musical private-eye drama, which first aired in 1986, starred Michael Gambon as a novelist hospitalized with a horrible skin condition who tries to write a Hollywood screenplay in his mind. David Bianculli explains why The Singing Detective is “TV’s most polished, audacious masterpiece.”

  2. david bianculli

    the singing detective

    bbc

  1. This is terrific, because I always assumed that the only way I could get on the BBC would be to have David Attenborough narrate my mating rituals. Glad this happened instead.

    — Peter Sagal on the new Wait Wait TV Special.

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    bbc

    wait wait don't tell me