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Frankly Speaking | Brian Epstein

Beatles manager Brian Epstein speaks about his life.

CHANNEL | Regional Programme

FIRST BROADCAST | 23 March 1964

DURATION | 28 minutes 26 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1964

Synopsis

Brian Epstein talks openly about his early ambitions to be an actor, his preference for classical music and his fondness for all his clients. We also hear about his qualities as a manager, plans for the first Beatles film and how The Searchers are one of the most interesting new bands around.

Did you know?

Journalist and seasoned broadcaster Bill Grundy was the first person to present The Beatles to television audiences when he introduced their small-screen debut on Granada TV on 17 October, 1962. An appearance by fledgeling punk act The Sex Pistols on the live daytime programme 'Today' in 1976 effectively damaged Bill Grundy's career beyond repair. When Steve Jones and Johnny Rotten swore during their interview, the avuncular Grundy encouraged them to continue, as if to shame them into behaving. Viewers, however, felt that he'd prompted them to swear more. Though he continued to present other programmes, his career never recovered from the 'scandal'.

Contributors

Bill Grundy
Presenter
Contributor
Michael Barton
Producer

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