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magical mystery tour

It’s been a Fab week one way and another, so what better way to spend a Saturday night than with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Arena is devoting a chunk of BBC 2 to a documentary about the Magical Mystery Tour project followed by a showing of the famous tv film restored to its full glory.

As I was 9 when it was first shown at Christmas 1967, I can say with certainty that this will be the first time I’ve seen it.

It maybe that my (late) Dad watched it as he was fan of the music hall comedian Nat Jackley.

Jackley was famous for his trade-mark rubber-neck dance, and was one of the ‘characters’ featured in the film.

Ivor Cutler also appears, who I got to know about in later years via John Peel’s patronage, and went to see perform a few years before he died in 2006.

Even in old-age, he was pretty amazing, playing mischievously with the full range of language and imagination at his disposal.

Musically the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ album has some of the Fabs finest moments.

The Beatles – I Am The Walrus

The Beatles – Fool On The Hill

And via The Space, a BBC/Arts Council online project, you can enjoy some of the footage that never made the final cut.

Magical Mystery Tour – unseen footage

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour – BBC iPlayer

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