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Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

Airs Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Paul McCartney

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Ringo Starr

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George Harrison

Produced at the peak of Beatlemania in 1967, "Magical Mystery Tour" is the least known of the various films starring the Beatles. It was never theatrically released or nationally broadcast on U.S. television, receiving only sporadic TV syndication in the 1980s.

This documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film and provides context for “the summer of love” era that set the scene for its production.

This greatest Beatles story never told is packed with unseen footage and features contributions from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda and Terry Gilliam, among others.

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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Great Performances: Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

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Above: Now with the film fully restored to the highest technical standard with a remixed soundtrack, it’s time to tell the extraordinary story of "Magical Mystery Tour": why it was made, how it was made and the circumstances in which it was made. "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited" is the story behind the controversial and surreal Beatles film and features new interviews with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

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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.