Paul McGann presents a new feature-length documentary on the Cavern Club, the legendary Liverpool venue which hosted the Beatles and countless other music artists.
The Eighth Doctor actor, who has been heard doing voice-over duties on documentaries for many years, is developing a nice sideline in fronting factual productions. Tonight (29th May 2019), UK viewers will see him on BBC4 presenting the second episode of Victorian Sensations, in which he will be exploring how 19th Century fiction writers reflected scientific issues in their best known works.
In The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On McGann will be examining a more recent era, looking back on 60 years of the location described as ‘the cradle of British pop music’. The Cavern is best known for its association with the early years of the Beatles who played there nearly 300 times between 1961-63, but the new film also covers the ups and downs of a venue which continues to host live acts today whilst also being a tourist destination and place of pilgrimage for fans of the fab four.
The production team worked through thousands of hours of archive and shot over 40 hours of new content to produce the 70 minute film, with interviewees including Sir Paul McCartney. And it looks like Paul was able to enjoy a trip to Paris during the filming too.
The documentary has been made by LA Factual, whose head Christian Francis-Davies, says:
“Being a Liverpool-based production company, it is a great honour to work with such an iconic venue. We are really pleased with the outcome of the documentary and we cannot wait for audiences both at home and abroad to enjoy it for themselves.”
The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On is reported to be set to air on UK screens over the summer but there’s no word yet on screenings elsewhere.