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'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years,' to premiere on AETN Nov. 25

Posted 15 Nov 2017

"The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" will premiere on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Saturday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m.

After a brief commercial break Feb. 9, 1964, at 8:12 p.m. EST, four young men from Liverpool stepped onto the "Ed Sullivan" stage, unaware of the extraordinary impact the moment would have on America. Seventy-three million people watched The Beatles perform that night — the largest audience to date in television history. It was an event that united a nation and signaled the birth of youth culture. Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966 in a special documentary feature. The film, directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was "The Beatles."

In addition, "Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution" will air Thursday, Nov. 23, at noon.

The special feature looks back at the creation and ongoing influence of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." When The Beatles stopped playing live in 1966, they suddenly had the time to pour all of their energy into writing and recording, creating an album that was a performance unto itself. Released in 1967, after what had been essentially a media blackout of what the band had been creating, the album was immediately a sensation and recognized as a new chapter, not just in rock music, but in music's overall history.

"The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years" will repeat Sunday, Nov. 26, at 9:30 a.m. "Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution" will repeat Saturday, Nov. 25, at 9:30 p.m.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP.

Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).