Pro­duced by Ge­orge Martin

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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