Image for The Beatles on RecordNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Duration: 59 minutes

In 1962 an unknown group from Liverpool entered Abbey Road Studios to record their debut single. During the next eight years they created what is arguably regarded as the greatest collection of studio recordings of the 20th century.

This film charts The Beatles' extraordinary journey from Please Please Me to Abbey Road and reflects how they developed as musicians, matured as songwriters and created a body of work that sounds as fresh now as the time it was recorded.

Narrated entirely by John, Paul, George and Ringo and Sir George Martin, the documentary features rare footage and photos from The Beatles' archives and never heard before out-takes of music and studio chat from the Abbey Road recording sessions.

Last on

Sat 12 Dec 2009 00:35 BBC Four

  • Beatles Week

    Beatles Week

    This programme was part of Beatles Week, in which BBC Two and BBC Four joined forces to celebrate the Fab Four's enduring legacy and continuing influence.

    Find out what else was shown in Beatles Week
  • Tweet the Beatles!

    Join in a live conversation about this programme while it's happening or share your thoughts with others when you are watching on iPlayer. Find out more at the BBC Music blog.

    BBC Music Blog: Tweet the Beatles!


John Lennon
Paul McCartney
George Harrison
Ringo Starr
George Martin
Bob Smeaton
Jonathan Clyde


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss