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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 17, 1963

Playhouse Theatre, London

Another top billed appearance on the BBC radio show Saturday Club, rehearsed and recorded from 3:00 to 6:30 pm and broadcast in the Christmas edition, transmitted in the Light Programme between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon on December 21st.

The Beatles performed six songs, "All my loving", This Boy", "I Want to hold your hand", "Till there was you", "Roll Over Beethoven" and "She Loves you", and also sang "All I want for Christmas is a bottle" (a pastiche of Dora Bryan's contemporary chart hit "All I Want For Christmas Is a Beatle", performed in session in this very programme by Susan Maughan) and a wacky medley, the "Christmas Mudley", comprising "Love Me Do", "Please Please Me", "From Me To You", "I Want to hold your Hand", "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer", all crammed into 29 seconds.

The second half-hour section of this programme, 10:31 to 10:59, was broadcast simultaneously by the BBC's General Oversees Service, including the Beatles, "All My loving", and "This Boy".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, December 16, 1963

Today, the Beatles took a break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, December 15, 1963

Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham

Following its success with the June 29th all-Liverpool edition of Lucky Stars (Summer Spin), ABC' Television this day shot a second such programme for the main series Thank Your Lucky Stars. All of the acts were Merseysiders, and Cavern Club compere Bob Wooler appeared as part of the reular "Spin-A-Disc" record review section. Taped in Aston during the afternoon, it was transmitted on Saturday, December 21st, from 5:50 to 6:35 pm.

Making their English TYLS appearance of the year (counting the two Summer Spot editions), the Beatles mimed to four songs, the most they had performed on this show to date, "I want to hold your hand", "All my loving", "Twist and Shout", and "She loves you". They were also presented, on camera, with two more gold discs to add to their quickly growing collection.

This edition was selected as ITV's official entry in the next annual International Contest For Television Light Entertainment Programmes, held in Montreux, Switzerland, in April 1964, but it did not win.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Saturday, December 14, 1963

Wimbledon Palais, High St. Merton

Wimbledon, London

The Beatles Southern Area Fan Club's equivalent to the Liverpool festivities the previous Saturday. In addition to their mid-afternoon live performance, the Beatles lined up behind the Palias' bar and shook hands with all 3,000 ecstatic fans who filed slowly past them, often in less than orderly fasion. Television and cinema news cameras filmed here and there throughout the event.

The management of the Palais, fearing their precious stage might be damaged by an onslaught of rampaging Beatlemaniacs, created a makeshift platform for the Beatles and erected a steel cage around it to keep the hordes at bay. Though safe, the Beatles were not best pleased with this arrangement, although seeing the fans crushed up against the wire prompted John to crack "If they press nay harder, they'll come through as chips".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Friday, December 13, 1963

Gaumont Cinema, Southampton

The final date on the long "Autumn Tour" which had started in Cheltenham on November 1st.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Thursday, December 12, 1963

The Beatles performing at the Odeon Cinema, Nottingham

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Wednesday, December 11, 1963

The Beatles performing a the Futurist Theatre, Foreshore Rd. South Bay, Scarborough, Yorkshire

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Tuesday, December 10, 1963

Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster

In their dressing room at the Gaumont, sometimes straining to make themselves heard above the shouting and singing fans outside, the Beatles gave an entertaining interview to a British-domiciled Australian broadcaster, Dibbs Mather, for overseas distribution by the BBC's Transcription Service (and not for domestic broadcast). Extracts from the interview - which also featured John reading "Neville Club", a piece of poetry to be published three months later in his first book "In His Own Write", were included in the 61st edition of Dateline London and also in the 453rd edition of Calling Australia, sent to any radio station in that country which paid the BBC's nominal subscription.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Monday, December 9, 1963

Odeon Cinema, Southend-On-Sea

Once again, a TV news crew, this time from the BBC, interviewed the Beatles in their dressing room. It was becomin a regular occurrence.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today : Sunday, December 8, 1963

Odeon Cinema, Lewisham, London