John Blakemore predicts that this series will prove the Beatles were the best

John Blakemore predicts that this series will prove the Beatles were the


Even with their place in history assured, the three remaining Fabs have

finally decided to tell their sides of the story. Presumably, this was

as a result of avarice, pride and ego in varying quantities from the mop

tops (plus a widow).

The big questions are: what do they hope to achieve from the extensively

hyped ‘new’ single and TV series? And how does the average fan feel

about it - conned and manipulated, or overjoyed?

It was with these thoughts that I watched the first part of the series.

The half hour before 8pm was spent part in nervous trepidation that the

pop group that played an important part in my formative years would

finally let me down, and part in fervent hope they really could prove

yet again that they are the best at what they do.

An hour later, I didn’t give a damn that I probably had been manipulated

or that by the end of the marketing plan I’d have spent a fair few bob

on the single and albums (in all formats), the video, the books and the

T-shirt because I loved it, yeah, yeah, yeah.

From the opening credits, with the wall of screams I still remember from

London concerts, right through to the end, it was a superb testament to

their early years.

Did it tell us anything new? Well, not really, but the Beatles’ history

has been so well documented it’s probably unrealistic to expect it to.

It would have been interesting to have had an interview with Pete Best,

to get his perspective on the sacking which led to the introduction of

Ringo, but this is also probably too much to expect from what is, in

reality, an accurate but clearly sanitised version of events.

The film clips, photos and interviews were skilfully put together to

provide a perfect trip down memory lane, or a lasting document of their

rise to fame, depending on which side of 40 you are.

Did I view it through round rose-tinted Lennon specs? Probably, but,

trust me, the Beatles were that good and I’m confident the next five

episodes will go on to prove it.

John ‘Paul, George and Ringo’ Blakemore is the UK advertising director

of SmithKline Beecham


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