Friday Sto­ryville: How The Bea­tles Rocked The Krem­lin 9.30pm, BBC Four

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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.

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