Television: The Morecambe And Wise Show

The Beatles’ celebrated appearance on The Morecambe And Wise Show was filmed at ATV’s Elstree Studio Centre in Borehamwood on this day, although it wasn’t broadcast to the nation until April 1964.

In the morning they rehearsed their act prior to filming in the afternoon. The Beatles performed three songs to a small studio audience: ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.

They were then joined by Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise for some banter and a light-hearted version of golden oldie ‘Moonlight Bay’.

The episode of The Morecambe And Wise Show was shown on the ITV network on Saturday 18 April 1964 at 8.25pm. It was repeated on 24 July the following year on The Best Of Morecambe And Wise.

The audio recording of Moonlight Bay was released on Anthology 1 in 1995.

Last updated: 2 December 2011
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