“In The World Tonight” documentary press launch

Tuesday, May 13, 1997


In The World Tonight” is a documentary directed by Geoff Wonfor – who directed the Beatles Anthology – that follows Paul McCartney during the making of its album, “Flaming Pie“. We see him giving a tour of his home recording studio, recording some of the “Flaming Pie” songs. The latest part of the documentary is focused on “Beautiful Night“, from the recording at Hog Hill Mill with Ringo Starr, to the orchestral arrangement at Abbey Road with George Martin.

From The Beatles Monthly N°254, June 1997:

Paul’s “In The World Tonight” documentary was premiered at a press launch at Bafta, in London’s Piccadilly on 13th May. The screening was attended by many from Paul’s inner circle – Neil Aspinall, Geoff Emerick, Mark Lewisohn and Alan Crowder from MPL – but, much to the disappointment of many, not by Paul himself.

From Club Sandwich N°82, Summer 1997:

TAKE TWO – Anthology director Geoff “Wildman” Wonfor has made a new TV film behind the scenes with a Beatle.

Following the massive success of the Anthology series, which told The Beatles’ story from their beginnings to 1970, Wonfor has filmed a new documentary that brings Paul’s side of it bang up to date.

Wonfor and his original Anthology production team have spent weeks filming behind the scenes as Paul made his new album.

The Anthology told The Beatles’ story of 25 years ago“, said Wonfor, “This new film tells a Beatle’s story, Paul’s story, as it is now“.

He added: “It is a sequel that was crying out to be made as both so much has changed and so much hasn’t. With this new film, we’re going backstage again inside the life of a Beatle“.

Insiders say the one-hour TV documentary – sought by Granada TV, who bought The Beatles Anthology – is “a frank and funny fly-on-the-wall study of McCartney” which reveals a side that the Anthology’s audience never saw.

Said Wonfor: “Millions of people learnt The Beatles’ story through the Anthology this new film will reveal that there’s more to that story to learn yet“.

An ITV spokesman told The Flame that Wonfor’s new film should be screened in May in the UK. The film will be shown on VH1 in the USA and it is also set to be screened in at least 30 countries worldwide.

Last updated on December 25, 2020

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