BBC Beatles doc uncovers new outtakes

Broadcast includes Abbey Road recording sessions

LONDON -- The BBC is to broadcast never-before-aired outtakes and conversations from the Beatles' final Abbey Road recording sessions as part of a weeklong tribute to the band to be aired on terrestrial Web BBC2 and arts channel BBC4 in September.

Narrated entirely from archive recordings of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison ad Ringo Starr as well as longtime Beatles producer George Martin, "The Beatles on Record" aims to chart the Beatles' musical journey from the first album, 1963's "Please Please Me," to their final album, "Abbey Road."

The documentary, which airs Sept. 5, will feature more than 60 songs, interviews, rare footage and outtakes from the band. Other highlights of the strand include the first U.K. TV showing of "The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit," which charts the Fab Four's arrival in the U.S. in 1964.

"This is a chance for viewers to enjoy some rare footage and fascinating insights into the career of the greatest pop group of all time," said George Entwistle, BBC Controller of knowledge and commissioning.