Art, Films and Television
A Hard Day's Night puts Minehead on Comedy Map
Director Richard Lester has returned to West Somerset, this time for a BBC documentary, in which he talks about the making of the first Beatles feature film.
Richard was originally in Minehead on 2 March 1964, directing John, Paul, George and Ringo in A Hard Day's Night.
BBC Somerset Sound's Tammy Amirthananthar met with the filmmaker in December 2006 on his return visit to the county.
Speaking about why he shot scenes in Somerset, Richard said: "Minehead sort of chose us really.
"We'd get on the train early in the morning from London and we'd travel down until it was time for lunch.
"We needed a place with a turntable to turn the train around so that we could travel back for the afternoon. Minehead had one in those days, so it just made sense."
To listen to the interview, click on this audio link:
Local schoolgirls, who originally mobbed the Fab Four during the filming of the time-warp memento of Beatlemania, also share their experiences in the documentary.
"It was just so exciting," said Mary Noble who was 16 at the time.
"The Beatles sat on the train and looked out the window at us. We just stared at them whilst screaming and crying - we loved it!"
To listen to Mary speaking to Tammy about her memories, click on this audio link:
Find out more about the series and watch clips:
The second part of the Comedy Map of Britain was shown on BBC TWO at 10.05pm (2205 GMT) on Saturday, 3 February, 2007
last updated: 05/02/2008 at 11:41