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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, March 2, 1963

City Hall, Barker's Pool, Sheffield, Yorkshire and then Studio One, Didsbury Studio Centre, Parrs Wood Rd. Manchester, Lancashire

After finishing the 2nd Shapiro "House" at Sheffield, the Beatles drove 38 miles to Manchester, to appear live on the ABC TV news magazine program ABC At Large, boradcast in the Midlands and north regions only from the company's Didsbury Studio Centre between 11:00 and 11:50pm.

Together with Brian Epstein, they participated in a lengthy interview with David Hamilton (later a top radio DJ) answering questions about their sudden fame and pondering why they had succeeded where hundreds of other groups, from Liverpool to elsewhere, had not done so.

The feature also included interviews with pop fans and an appearance by Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers. The Beatles did not perform music on this program, although a brief clip of a mimed "Please please me" from their most recent appearance on ABC'S "Thank your lucky stars" (taped February 17) was shown again.

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