Post by Phil Chappell on Jul 20, 2020 17:42:23 GMT
I’ve recently found The Beatles on ‘Big Night Out’ on YT. Interestingly, I see there are two versions available to view. One is sourced from VT and I guess is the version as would have been seen in the Uk. The other is sourced from film and rather than being a straight copy, the sketches have changed order, ad breaks inserted at different places ( two breaks instead of the UKs one) the first sketch starts halfway through and the bit where the Beatles arrive at Teddington by boat is dubbed in the film version. Then the end titles are different too. I’ve never seen the full show before and now two different versions appear at the same time. Anyone have any info on how these two versions came about? Was this done because they realised they could sell the show abroad as it was The Beatles or was this standard practice with ‘Big Night Out’. I think I’m right in saying that the Beatles had just returned from the Ed Sullivan Show when this was recorded.
Post by robertreinstein on Jul 20, 2020 18:05:00 GMT
the VT copy came from "Television Nine Special" broadcast in Canada in 1965. They cut up Big Night out, removing all acts except for The Beatles and Lionel Blair, then added some North American artists. That episode of BNO was distributed by Seven Arts, and could have been purchased (or leased) by any TV station, anywhere.
I've seen 3 different cuts of that episode. One which is probably what was broadcast in the UK, yet only missing Billy Dainty!