"The BBC bought it sight unseen," says Jonathan Clyde, director of production of Apple Corps.
The only narrative thread concerns The Beatles' trip aboard a coach bus as it drives north to Blackpool, the Lancashire "equivalent of Atlantic City," with a bunch of ordinary English citizens. (Clyde says the passengers on the bus include McCartney's brother, Mike, Starr's aunt, Jessie Robins, various characters actors and two Beatles' fan club presidents.) While the bus travels north, psychedelic images appear outside the window as songs from album, such as "Fool on the Hill," play.
"People would be amazed when they got off and chatted with people," Clyde
"There was no security.
Just a roadie.
It was another age.
An age of innocence."
oversaw the restoration of the original "Magical Mystery Tour" film and produce the documentary about it.
To help explain the public's bewilderment on Boxing Day, Clyde
uses footage from the BBC archive to show that even though 1967 may have been the Summer of Love, England was still a "deeply conventional" place where "Edwardian entertainments" were still popular.
was the face of the Unswinging '60s," says Clyde
"One would have thought they were in some sort of shock," Clyde
"It seems to have been decided that 'We're going to do this anyway.' Get out of town for two weeks and head off into the West country."
The controversy about "Magical Mystery Tour" died pretty quickly the next year.
"They got such a hammering from the establishment media," says Clyde
, "and it passed. 'Yellow Submarine' came next and blew people away."