Produced by George Martin
Thursday, 9pm, Studio At last, a documentary about a character associated with the Beatles featuring actual Beatles music and surviving Beatles in conversation with their old producer. But there is much more to George Martin, who began his long career at EMI producing comedy albums for the Goons, than the Beatles. So it would be a great shame if fans tuned out during the first, admittedly slow, half-hour. What they’ll miss is superbly edited interviews with Paul McCartney and Martin and Ringo Starr and Martin, as well as Martin’s recollections of John Lennon and George Harrison. During the troubled Let It Be sessions, Lennon apparently said to the producer: ‘‘ We don’t want any of your crap on this record’’, a wound reopened when the tapes were handed to Phil Spector. The group came running back to Martin for their swan song, Abbey Road. The story of how a true gentleman prevails.