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The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over, A Celebration of the

50th Anniversary of The British Invasion of America, airs on

THIRTEEN's Great Performances Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. and

Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on PBS

NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Great Performances

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 lives forever.

The two-hour special airs on PBS on both Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 8-10

p.m. ET and on Friday, April 11 at 10 p.m. - midnight (check local


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), Richard Chamberlain, and Lulu.

The DC5, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones were all war babies, born

during 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 HuxleyandLenny

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


The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over will be released on DVD

and Blu-ray by PBS Home Video in conjunction with the broadcast.

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


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


Visit Great Performances Online at for additional

information about this and other programs.

About WNET 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,

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created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and

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content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the

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also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms,

including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS

content for free.



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