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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : April 3, 1964 (Friday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

Among the action filmed this day at Twickenham was a trailer for the film, a bizarre sequence in which John/George and Ringo/Paul sat in two adjacent baby prams, their legs dangling over the sides. John typed, Paul spoke, George mumbled and Ringo twice answered a telephone saying "It's for you, John," to which John twice replied, "Don't be soft." Quite how this promoted A Hard Day's Night seems unclear, but it was distributed to cinemas nonetheless.

The Beatles also filmed an unusual engagement with Tyne Tees Television, the ITV franchise for north-east England. Viewers of the area's weekly movie programme Star Parade had been invited to send in questions for the Beatles, and the best of these were put to the group by the programme's presenter Adrian Cairns this day at Twickenham. All four Beatles participated, giving their answers straight to camera, then - back in Newcastle - Tyne Tees later filmed the questioners (girls) posing their questions, again straight to camera, and the two sets of footage were edited together into a Q&A format. But the lack of genuine inter-play, the clearly different settings and the uncomfortable straight-to-camera scenario also resulted in a somewhat stiff six minute outcome which,ltogether with a brief interview the Beatles gave to Adrian Cairns, was transmitted to Star Parade on Thursday, April 9th, 10:10 to 10:40 pm.

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