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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, November 25, 1963

Studio Four, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Re-arranged from an original booking for November 27th, the Beatles spent the afternoon at Granada Television taping a music sequence and interview for use partly on November 27th on the 11:45 to 12:00 pm local program, "Late Scene Extra (a production from the Scene at 6:30 team) and partly on Friday, December 20th in "Scene at 6:30 itself, 6:30-7:00 pm.

They taped two music sequences, miming to "I want to hold your hand", and it's B-Side "This Boy", performing on an unusual set comprising enlarged ficticious "Daily Echo" newspaper headlines. ("I want to hold your hand" was broadcast on the 27th, "This Boy" was held back to December 20th.)

For the interview (shot on the same set), with program host Gay Byrne, the Beatles were joined by comedian Ken Dodd. Dodd turned the proceedings into a ad-libber's delight. At one point, when he suggested inviting ideas for an earthy name, so that he might form a rock group, George quipped "sod". It wasn't edited from the November 27th broadcast nor from a repeat of the whole Beatles appearance, "This Boy" included, in the Boxing Day (Thursday, December 26th) edition on "Scene At 6:30", again 6:30-7:00 pm.

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