In 1961 The Temperance Seven, with whispering Paul McDowell on vocals, gave George Martin his first number one, before disintegrating in a haze of 'artistic differences'.

Forty two years later, in an emotional reunion, seven of the band reveal what celebrity was like before the Beatles.

Presenter Humphrey Carpenter wades through the alcohol, the arguments and the sex to fulfill a lifelong ambition to play with the band.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20030626
  • 20040308