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Newly Released Magical Mystery Tour Footage from The BBC Vault
October 4, 2012
AFTER ALMOST 45 YEARS IN THE BBC VAULT . . .
Previously unseen footage of The Beatles sharing fish and chips
while filming their 1,967 film Magical Mystery Tour has been posted online.
Arts website The Space is hosting the footage, discovered during the making of a new documentary about the film from BBC Two's Arena.
It shows The Beatles taking a break from the Magical Mystery Tour coach at a fish bar in Taunton, Somerset.
The film was first broadcast by the BBC on Boxing Day 1,967.
It was not a hit, confusing the festive audience, and was savaged by critics in reviews that branded it "rubbish".
The film will be shown on 6 October on BBC Two for the first time in more than 33 years.
It will follow a new documentary, Arena: The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour, looking at the film's "artistic merit and cultural significance".
Arena has placed the previously unseen footage, which it said was reclaimed from the "cutting room floor", into a new short film made in association with The Beatles' record label Apple.