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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 8, 1965 (Thursday)

Four sequences were filmed, only two involving the Beatles, all four of the group took part in a washroom sequence, in which havoc was wreaked by an excessive hot-air hand-drier and then Ringo shot a solo sequence in a bathroom, not in the finished film.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicles - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 7, 1965 (Wednesday)

Today the Beatles filmed the "Pub Cellar" sequence, in which Ringo, having fallen through a trap door, is confronted by "Raja, the famous Bengal maneater".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 6, 1965 (Tuesday)

During a break in filming today, the Beatles received a "Bell" award from Radio Caroline, presented to them by disc-jockey Simon Dee and filmed by newsreel cameras, and Dee also took the opportunity to interview the Beatles for a broadcast on the Pirate airwaves.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 5, 1965 (Monday)

The first couple of days this week were spent shooting the interior dining area and kitchen sections of the "Rajahama" restaurant sequence, all on a set built at Twickenham.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 4, 1965 (Sunday)

April 4, 1965: The title “Help!” is confirmed for the Beatles’ second movie.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 3, 1965 (Saturday)

Today the Beatles took a break from filming "Help".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 2, 1965 (Friday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

While the Beatles were filming at Twickenham George Martin was working at Abbey Road (10:00-11:00 am) producing a stereo mix of "You're Going To Lose That Girl" that incorporated the March 30th overdub. It was never used.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 1, 1965 (Thursday)

More shooting of "Help" for "Eight Arms To Hold You"

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 31, 1965 (Wednesday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

More shooting for Eight Arms To Hold You

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 30, 1965 (Tuesday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham and Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

After today's filming the Beatles returned to London for an unsuccessful evening's recording at Abbey Road. Booked from 7:00 until 9:00 pm - but running over until 10:00, they first attempted a re-make of "That Means A Lot" but abandoned the song again after five more uninspired takes (numbered 20-24). They then recorded some overdubs - of which instrument(s) is not specified on the EMI session documentation - onto the existing "best" take of "You're Going To Lose That Girl", although none was used for the released version.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicles - Mark Lewisohn