The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On - Sky Arts

Paul McGann at the Cavern Club
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The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On explores the venue where the Beatles cut their teeth and finds it's still pulling in the crowds

In February 1961, four leather-clad Scousers took to the stage in a dingy Liverpool cellar, changing the world of music forever and making the Cavern Club an integral part of the Beatles’ story.

The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On explores a venue that's been called "the cradle of British pop".

The Cavern opened as a jazz venue in 1957 and hosted almost 300 gigs by the Fab Four in their early days, until long stints in Hamburg and back home honed them into the devastating pop machine they became.

Sign outside the Cavern Club

The Cavern Club – yeh, yeh, yeh

But as this documentary fronted by Liverpool lad Paul McGann discovers, there’s more to the place than Merseybeat nostalgia.

For sure, this documentary treads some familiar ground but it’s nevertheless a fascinating story of how the iconic venue has survived its own dramas and changing fortunes to remain at the heart of the music scene for seven decades.

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As Paul finds out for himself, it's still pulling in the big names and the crowds, including recently Paul McCartney in a nostalgic return gig.

TV Times rating: ****