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Great Performances: The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour

Airs Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The Beatles perform "I Am The Walrus” for the film "Magical Mystery Tour."

Courtesy of Apple Films Ltd.

The Beatles perform "Your Mother Should Know" for the "Magical Mystery Tour" film finale.

Courtesy of Apple Films Ltd.

The Beatles perform "I Am The Walrus” for the film "Magical Mystery Tour."

Released in 1967, "Magical Mystery Tour" was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination.

The film is a showcase for six classic tracks including like “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr as themselves.

Now fully restored and presented properly for the first time, the film emerges from the shadows and onto the screen.

GREAT PERFORMANCES is on Facebook. The Beatles are on Facebook, and you can follow @thebeatles on Twitter. Paul McCartney is on Facebook, and you can follow @PaulMcCartney on Twitter. Ringo Starr is on Facebook, John Lennon is on Facebook, and George Harrison is on Facebook.

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Preview: Great Performances: The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour

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Above: Released in 1967, "Magical Mystery Tour" was arguably ahead of its time, with a mostly improvised and loosely plotted script based around a surreal dreamlike coach trip to an unknown destination. The film is a showcase for six classic tracks including like “I Am the Walrus,” “The Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know” and features John, Paul, George and Ringo as themselves.

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Magical Mystery Tour Origins

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Above: In this excerpt from the "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited" documentary, a look at how and why The Beatles decided to make the controversial film.