The Beatles had been booked to record an appearance on the influential US television show Shindig!. The group had recently returned from their first US tour, so producer Jack Good flew to the UK to make an all-British special edition.
This day was scheduled for rehearsals, ahead of recording on 3 October 1964. The Beatles were at the top of the bill; other acts appearing were Sandie Shaw, PJ Proby, The Karl Denver Trio, Tommy Quickly, Sounds Incorporated, and Lyn Cornell.
As it was an American production, Good was unable to use BBC or ITV-affiliated studios, so the rehearsals and filming took place at the independent Granville Studio.
The studio was based in the Granville Theatre, a former Victorian music hall on Fulham Broadway which was demolished in October 1971 to make way for an office block.