[Note – I envision this being filmed without a studio audience. Just David Frost and the four of them. We’ll see what works.]
It is 1976, and the BBC and an American network have partnered to do a one-hour broadcast.
Single spotlight, David Frost speaks to camera:
Good evening and welcome. Some 13 years ago, the world of popular music was forever changed. Four young men from Liverpool, England – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – stormed the British pop charts with songs that combined the melodicism of dance hall jazz with the electricity and charisma of Elvis Presley. The Beatles soon won over Europe, and in 1964 were the first soldiers of the British Invasion, wowing American television audiences and changing the world in the process. In seven short years, they rewrote everything to do with popular song.
Now, some six years after an acrimonious split, these four men have decided to work together again; in what form, we may learn tonight. They have agreed to spend one hour with me, discussing their work and what lies ahead.
Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles.
[Studio lights go up, and David walks to a set, where his chair and two settees surround a table with white marigolds in the center, and tea cups all round. There sit Paul, John, George and Ringo.]
DAVID: Gentlemen, welcome. I shall give you the floor immediately. Please tell our viewers why you’ve decided to get back together, and what we can expect in the New Year.