FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday, March 29th, 2014
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond –
Glad All Over
A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The British Invasion
airs on Great Performances
Premieres Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00pm and encores Friday, April 11th at 9:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
- Star-studded documentary features rare footage not seen in decades -
- The Beatles and The Dave Clark Five hit America in February/March 1964 -
presents a look at the British invasion 50 years after both the Dave Clark Five and the Beatles
hit our shores.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over features newly filmed
interviews with Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van
Zandt of The E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Gene Simmons of Kiss,
Whoopi Goldberg, Dionne Warwick, '60s fashion icon Twiggy and Sir Ian McKellen, all sharing
their memories of how the music of the 60s and the cultural revolution of 1964 changed their
The two-hour special airs on WTVP-HD 47.1 on both Tuesday, April 8th from 8:00-10:00pm
and on Friday, April 11th from 9:00-11:00pm. Also look for multiple overnight airings.
Included in the film are the DC5’s iconic performances on “The Ed Sullivan Show,”
along with rare live concert footage and their countless appearances on television with American
musical icons. Much of this material — much of it on 35mm film — has not been seen in decades,
either on television or home video.
The film also features never-before-seen footage from Clark’s personal archives
together with performances by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Dusty Springfield, Stevie
Wonder, the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Freddie Mercury
of Queen and Sir Laurence Olivier. The DC5 were the first English group to tour America (in May
1964), thus spearheading the British Invasion.
They achieved a record-breaking 15 consecutive Top 20 U.S. hit singles within a
two-year period — more than any other group in the world except the Beatles. They appeared a
record-breaking 18 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” with its weekly audience of 70 million viewers
— more than any other rock, pop or R&B artist. They took the world by storm and helped change
the rock scene, blasting hit after hit over the world’s radio airwaves.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond features scenes from
their feature film Catch Us If You Can (Having a Wild Weekend in the U.S.).
The group is seen with Lucille Ball (on whose “Lucy in London” special they guest-starred),
Dean Martin, and Richard Chamberlain.
The DC5, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were all war babies, born during the
World War II. The film highlights the DC5’s working-class roots in war-torn England and tells in
fascinating detail the story of how the five — Clark, Mike Smith (an underrated rock vocalist, as
several of the luminaries in the film attest), Denis Payton, Rick Huxley and Lenny Davidson — met
while training in the gym two nights a week in Tottenham and their rise to worldwide fame, selling
more than 100 million records in the process.
Clark, a fan of the legendary Buddy Rich, was the drummer and manager of the group;
his drumming was a key influence on Springsteen, Max Weinberg, Van Zandt and others. Clark — whom
Elton John praises in the film as a “stone-cold genius” — made sure they owned the masters of all
their music and video appearances.
Further demonstration of Clark’s business acumen was his acquisition of the
pioneering classic British rock/pop series “Ready Steady Go!,” which was released on TV and
video throughout the world. In the United States, it was released on the Disney Channel, which
billed it as “a timeless treasure.”
Clark studied at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama and with Lee Strasberg
at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles. He created the long-running British musical Time,
which featured the hologram image of Olivier. Clark had the privilege of directing him in his
final theatrical performance, one that received critical acclaim.
In 2008, Tom Hanks inducted the DC5 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of
America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its 40 year history on
public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled
showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious
and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. Over the course of its four decades, the series
has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of drama, dance, musical theater, classical
and popular music, providing many with their very first television exposure.
The Dave Clark Five and Beyond – Glad All Over is a
production of Dave Clark International and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET.
For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer and
David Horn is executive producer.
Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided
by the Irene Diamond Fund, The Starr Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust and PBS.
Visit Great Performances online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional
information about this and other programs.
As New York’s flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and
operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than
5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great
Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries,
children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers
in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah!
and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the
classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities
through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news
magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on
emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content
For further information contact Stacey Tomczyk, WTVP Interim Program
Director, at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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