This is not the moment for ponderous blockbuster cinema: concentration spans, we are told, are plummeting in the Covid era. So if you're fretting at home, here is a film that will take your mind off things: the Beatles' super-entertaining feature from 1964, which showcased their ease and humour in front of the camera as well as director Richard Lester's gift for experimentation. A blast.Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 25th September 2020
We all remember the classic Morecambe and Wise sketches and Christmas specials that they made for the BBC, but their first TV success was arguably over on commercial television, at ATV in the 1960s. This series was Two of a Kind and it spawned some of the double act's most famous routines.Ian Wolf, On The Box, 11th December 2016
"How many Beatles are there?" cries Mitch Benn, as if at the end of his tether. Loads, actually, if you're a sucker for tenuous links. Declaring himself number 37, Benn spends a cheeky, musical half-hour running through the other characters on his list, taking swipes at obvious targets like Ringo Starr ("he invented Mark Owen") and Yoko Ono ("the anti-Beatle").
He saves one of his smartest barbs, however, for Jeff Lynne, accusing the ELO frontman of producing the kind of records in the 1970s that he, Lynne, wished the Fab Four were still making. Ouch! When Benn finally explains his right to be on the roll call, the humour slackens a little, but it's great fun getting there.Chris Gardner, Radio Times, 6th February 2014