In this week's Magazine...
All you need is (still) …. THE BEATLES!
With The Beatles’ legendary US tour the focus of a new Ron Howard documentary, a new book of unseen photos on the way, and Giles Martin at the helm remastering a live album from the Hollywood Bowl (paring back the sound of screaming teens) the legacy of the Fab Four is still – amazingly – fresh and revelatory. There’s even a new kids’ TV show featuring their pop genius. Adam Forrest speaks to experts, pundits and producers to find out why a new generation is hopping on board for the Magical Mystery Tour that never ends…
MATT BERRY is ‘Toast of London’ and you know him from The IT Crowd and many more, but he’s also a modest, charmingly self-effacing chap with a deep-running passion for music, and a new album out on the hip Acid Jazz label. His Younger Self would be much more impressed by that than Bafta-winning telly stuff, he says.
THE ARCHERS EFFECT has been gripping not just Radio 4 but Britain at large, and as Helen’s trial for stabbing her domestic-abuser husband Rob kicks off on the airwaves, Naomi Delap who works with ‘the real Helens’ who give birth in prison and raise tots in Mother & Baby Units says once the drama dies down, there is real, urgent need for radical change in how we deal with incarcerated mothers.
JEREMY VINE is fresh from his run-in with a road-ragey motorist on the streets of London, and as the new host of Crimewatch he’s determined to bring justice to the streets of Britain. The man with the Election Night swingometer also says it’s vital we learn to trust the news again, not fall prey to ‘post-truth’ propaganda masquerading as free-thinking.
TRACY BEAKER CULTURE is influencing a generation of badly behaved teens who think they’ll get an easier ride in a hostel for care-leavers than they do at home, according to a father whose daughter voluntarily went into care. Our A Different View from a care worker who has seen the tables turn in the last two decades offers a controversial and provocative view of who rules the roost in hostels.
We also have:
-The Man Who Fell to Earth is back in cinemas, and the supernatural genius and magic of David Bowie is as potent as ever;
-Pause and learn how urban foraging could keep you in fresh food for a year on the city’s streets;
-John Bird reflects on the poverty of despair in his column this week;
-Limmy, a regular on Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe, tells how his battle with depression fed his dark-edged comedy, and why GTA doesn’t make people want to act violence out in real life;
-Boxing helped Algeria rediscover its national pride, says Yasmina Khadra in our Books feature, while Clive James’ compendium of box-set reviews is a joy and a must-read says reviewer Jane Graham;
-Classical music seasons kick off around the UK this month and we have an exhaustive and comprehensive preview rounding-up of the best scene-stealers from orchestras across the land;
-Sam Delaney gets misty-eyed over the classic TV cop shows and stetson-topped telly dramas of the 1970s, when title sequences were an event in themselves;
-Download a free OS map and step by step walking guide to the Eden Valley in Cumbria in Hidden Britain this week;
-Our featured vendor in My Pitch is June Fullarton, in Westbourne, who was inspired to sell The Big Issue after hearing John Bird talk about working the way out of dire situations. With help from her regular customers and her lovely dog Jack, she is getting her life back together and things are looking up.
WIN Full Steam Ahead - Victorian Railways from the BBC’s top telly historians on DVD, and there’s still time to win Liverpool rock-documentary Get Back on DVD. Plus Spot the Ball, Crossword & our notoriously tricksy Soduku.