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Disc 1: Merseyside
This wide-ranging 2008 programme visits locations up, down and on both sides, of the River Mersey where the Beatles honed their talents. The destinations include localities as varied as Bootle, the industrial town to the north of Liverpool, and New Brighton, the fairground paradise of the Liverpudlian.
Along the way, we take our own journey on a ferry across the Mersey, the river whose merchant seamen literally smuggled rock ‘n’ roll into the UK in the form of vinyl LPs. Last but not least, we meet a wide range of Liverpudlians, the people whose warmth and dry wit were shared by the group, and were an integral part of their launch into superstardom.

Disc 2: Liverpool
For many visitors, Liverpool is one giant theme park... and the theme is the Beatles. At least, such is the suggestion of Spencer Leigh, Liverpudlian, disc jockey for BBC Radio Merseyside and investigator of the Beatles phenomenon for over forty years. Together with Spencer and Beatles historian Ray O’Brien, this 2006 programme explores key Beatles sites, including the Cavern Club, and the childhood homes of John, Paul, George and Ringo. At the same time, we meet personalities who made the Liverpool scene the epicentre of the 60s cultural explosion, including Allan Williams (the man who gave away the Beatles), Kingsize Taylor, (the man who brought rock’n’roll into Liverpool) and that’s just for starters. Essential viewing for anyone who was around at the time, and all the others who wish they had been!

Disc 3: Hamburg
Liverpool DJ Spencer Leigh visits the Hamburg locations that played a vital roll in shaping the early career of The Beatles while highlighting “The Hamburg Sound” exhibition and speaking with the friends and collaborators who all witnessed the band’s stratospheric ascent to the top of the charts.

A celebration of the artistic environment that helped to produce one of the most popular musical acts ever, this 2007 documentary is sure to appeal to music archivists and anyone interested in our rock and roll heritage.

Disc 4: London
The Beatles London is without doubt the most detailed investigation of the legendary group at this point of their career. It is guaranteed to provide new insights both for the Beatles fan and the dedicated chronicler of the history of popular music.

Presented by Richard Porter, founder of the London Beatles Fan Club and author of the Guide to the Beatles London, this 2007 programme takes the viewer to key Beatles sights of London, such as EMI Studios and the iconic pedestrian crossing at Abbey Road; the Fab Four’s London homes; Decca Studios where they failed their audition, and much more.

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