Friday Storyville: How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin 9.30pm, BBC Four
A NOTHER showing for veteran filmmaker Leslie Woodhead’s excellent documentary, exploring whether The Beatles helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1962, just starting in TV, he helped make the first film on the as-yet-unknown band: a two-minute news report showing them playing a sweaty Cavern gig. As his career progressed, Woodhead specialised in Eastern Europe and, during his years filming in Russia, became aware of the group’s huge impact on the generation who came of age in the 1960s. While the authorities banned Beatles music, an underground community grew around it, trading smuggled records, photographs and crackly tapes of radio broadcasts. A spiritual defection was soon under way. It’s a good night for Beatle people, as it’s followed by Sgt Pepper’s Musical Revolution With Howard Goodall (10.30pm), with the composer conducting a fine forensic examination of the album; and then Arena: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited (11.30pm), going behind the scenes of the trippy roadtrip.