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Thursday, 15 June 2017

May 2017... Pepper at 50, Polish Radio, Eppy, Marilyn, Pepper Film Premiere, Arsenal, CCR & Another TV Credit,...

(31) St John’s Wood, (near the world famous Abbey Road Studios) – A trip out to North West London for a lengthy interview at the exclusive, Ivy restaurant, with (the delightful) presenters, Magdalena and Pawel of the top, East Poland, national radio station, Radio Lublin. The Pepper album and movie were naturally discussed.

The first part of the interview was aired on the station the following day; the rest the following week. This was the first of two rather busy days of Pepper promotional interviews for Keith. (Celebrity spotted in the Ivy restaurant that day; English actor, Bill Nighy.)

(30) Overcast Berkshire – Further work on the latest Rockin’ The Box piece for Record Collector magazine, a fiftieth anniversary feature on Brian Epstein’s very last, now largely forgotten, television interview, for News At Ten in July 1967.

- Marilyn was still placed at #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(29) Overcast Berkshire / twinned with Canada – Bank holiday Monday, another amazing day on Amazon Canada… when Keith’s Marilyn featured prominently in three different charts, #1 in the “Most Gifted in Monroe, Marilyn” section, and at #2 (kindle) and 3 (paperback) in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” listing. “Incredible!!”

- It did not end there. The book was also found at #11 in the Kindle Store, in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism” section and at #27 in the “Books > Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” section. The downside of it all, stocks of the softback edition were now completely gone on the site, with deliveries expected to be shipped in “1-2 months.”

(28) Goodreads – Many thanks to “Peter Wilson” for his five-star review of Marilyn on the world renowned, book reading site, Goodreads.

(27) Wembley, London – Yay!!!!!!!! Keith’s beloved Arsenal won the FA Cup AGAIN, (easily) beating Chelsea 2-1. “What a superb, stunning performance from Wenger’s boys!” And a truly magical day!!

- Many thanks to “Stefano C” for his five-star review of Marilyn on Amazon Italy.

(26) West End London, Picturehouse Central – The big-day finally arrived. The UK/ London Premiere of the new Pepper movie , It Was Fifty Years Ago Today took place in Central London. A Q&A with the film's director, Alan G, preceded it… "A splendid time was certainly had by all."

- The movie (incredibly) also opened today in 72 cinemas across the country…
- BBC film reviewer, Mark Kermode reviewed It Was Fifty Years Ago Today,  The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond on BBC Radio 5 Live.
- BBC Four aired (at 10pm) Sharon Osbourne Presents Rock N Roll’s Dodgiest Deals, which featured Keith’s latest TV credit.

(23) Overcast Berkshire… sincere and heart-felt thoughts went out to those involved in the Manchester Arena atrocity…

- Another BBC Pepper fiftieth anniversary interview was arranged, this time for BBC Radio Kent, for the following week, June 1 at Wogan Host, West End London. ("Many thanks to Sara Cash for her help in arranging this.")

(22) Canada – For the third straight day, Marilyn was at No.1 again in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon in that country.

(20) Canada – Marilyn went to the No.1 AGAIN in the “Most Wished for in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(19) London - Beatles movie promotions continued with Alan G. appearing live on Sky News Sunrise. (“Many thanks AGP for yet another name check.”)

- Early morning phone call with legendary, 60s/70s photographer, Mike Randolph…
- AND another big move forward with the Marilyn TV drama came when it was announced that the two parties concerned in the project had (wait for it) reached an amicable agreement… now on to contracts…

(18) London - Beatles film promotions began with director, Alan G. making a live appearance on BBC Breakfast Time. (“Yes! Thanks Alan for the name check!”)

(16-17-18) Sunny Berks – Three mad days of CCR researching and typing.

- Big news time! The Pledge CCR (in London 1970 and 1971) book / photographic campaign officially went live on the eighteenth.

(15) A Rather Sunny Berkshire – What a day… what a day… CCR, Queen, and Marilyn… conversations with Simon L, Mike R, Paul S and my TV agent, Yasmin. What a day! Non-stop!

- Both Apple News and Empire Magazine carried most favourable reviews of the It Was Fifty Years Ago Today movie on their websites.
- Goodreads – Many thanks to reader “Jessica Avery” for her five-star review of Marilyn on the site.

(11 - 12) Overcast (but dry) Berkshire – Even more typing on the CCR book Pledge project. ("Dear me. It goes on.")

- The new Pepper film, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today was STILL at #1 (DVD at #2) in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” listing on Amazon.co.uk.
- Keith’s Marilyn (softback edition) was at #3 in the “Most Wished For In Monroe, Marilyn” listing on Amazon Canada.

(10) South London – A trip out to Bermondsey to see Keith’s old, long-time mate, Terry R. Several bottles of… Diet Coke were consumed in a most eventful 3-hour session.

- Interesting news… the Mexico ’70 movie documentary looks like a go-er. (Fingers tightly crossed.)
- Further major news. Pepper movie director, Alan G. will be a guest on BBC Breakfast Time next Thursday (May 18) to discuss and promote the new Pepper film.

(8/9) Sunny Berkshire – Even more work on the forthcoming CCR book project.

-It is announced that the new Pepper film will be screened on August 27 at the big, annual Beatles Convention in Liverpool. A Q&A with Alan G. is scheduled to follow it.
- A Marilyn interview request came in today from one of the top US radio programmes, The Scott Helmer Show…

(3/4/5) Overcast Berkshire – Further text work on the new CCR project.

- On the fourth, an interesting archive breakthrough came on the proposed Mexico ’70 documentary idea. (Keith knows where the rare archive footage is!)
- Marilyn sat very nicely in the #3 position in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(2) Sunny Berkshire – Another RC Rockin’ The Box column beckoned, this time a 1968 edition of Kenny Everett’s Nice Time series. (Video grabs were sent today… but unfortunately the publication of them in the mag would be held back for several months.)

- Keith’s Sgt Pepper / 50th Anniversary interview for an East Poland radio station, on May 31 was confirmed today, but the logistics of it had yet to be confirmed.
- Still there. The Blu-ray version of the Pepper film was STILL at #1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (DVD was now up to #2)
- Big news time! The USA/South America distribution for the new Pepper film was now complete. It will be handled by Bob Frank Entertainment.

(1) London & Slough – Keith’s credit on a new BBC Four music documentary was confirmed today. “Thanks, Andy!”

April 2017...Football, New Projects, Pepper 50, Amazon, Marilyn, a Buzzcock & The Grand National...

(28) West End London – Another trip into the capital, this time to meet Alan G and Gabriel Clarke, a rather important, highly influential individual from the sports television production industry. After which, Alan and Keith attended a 2:30pm meeting with the distributors of the Pepper movie. This was followed by… a Diet Coke or (five) with Buzzcock, Steve Diggle and (former) Bootleg Beatle, Andre Barreau…

(27) Overcast Berkshire – A day of email catch-ups and discussions with Alan G about the important meeting tomorrow.

- Anticipating the exciting new project, Keith made preliminary contacts with some rather important, UK TV archive-based figures.
- Yep, the run was uninterrupted… The Pepper film (Blu-ray version) was still at #1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (DVD now at #3)
- TV Legend, Ross L came forward with a truly amazing archive lead for the next project Keith was planning…

(26) Amazon – Due to high amount of advance sales, Amazon in the UK had no option but to move forward, by one whole month, the release dates of both the Bu-ray and DVD version of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…. The new issue date is now June 5.

(25) A rather sunny Berkshire – Email catch-up, and more development work on the aforementioned discussed new movie projects.

- Yep, still there… the new Beatles / Pepper film (Blu-ray version) was still at #1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (DVD at #4)
- The new Pepper movie received another invite-only, press screening in Central London.

(24) Windsor, Berks – Another hook-up with the legendary photographer, Mike Randolph.
- New (rather exciting) movie projects were also discussed with the film director extraordinaire, Alan G.

(21) South West London – Another trip out to Wandsworth to chat over the several ongoing, rather exciting new projects with (director of the moment) Alan G. Parker and producer, Alexa Morris. Safe to say, several Diet Cokes were consumed during the afternoon/ 12:15pm meet.

(20) Goodreads – A very big thanks to “Octobur Frost” for her five-star rating of Marilyn on the site. “It was amazing,” she typed. As it stood today, 92 per cent of the readers on the site loved the book.

- The paperback version of Marilyn sat quite proudly at #2 in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. It was also at #8 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” listing on the same day. Not bad for a book that was first released way back in 2010.
- The Blu-ray version of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today was still at No.1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” listing on Amazon in the UK… And on the same day, the movie officially became the #1 Best Seller in the “Music, Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk.
- Meanwhile, the Director’s Q&A tour dates for the Pepper movie were announced today, with events scheduled to take place throughout May and June in Norwich, Leeds, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and, of course, London (on May 26).

(19) Rather Sunny Berkshire – Phone calls / emails / discussions about future projects with various friends and colleagues…

(18) Sunny Berks twinned with Canada – A return after the Easter break… Superb news… The paperback version of Marilyn returned to No.1 in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section of Amazon Canada.

- Talking of No.1s… Two weeks on and it’s STILL there! The Blu-ray release of It Was Fifty Years Ago Today… was still in the top spot in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” chart on Amazon in the UK. (The DVD version stood at No.4 in the same listing…No.2 one day later!) On April 18, 2017 Keith had two Number One projects, with two different items in two different charts. Fact! “Amazing!”

(17) Italy – Major news. It was announced that the new Beatles / Pepper movie will be given an official cinema May 2017 release in Italy … its new title, by the way, is Dal 30 Maggio al 2 giugno, The Beatles: Sgt Pepper & Beyond.

(14) Good Friday in a cold & overcast Berkshire – Email catch-up and further work on the CCR project. “Happy Easter everyone!”

- Amazon.co.uk – Still there! The Blu-ray version of IT Was Fifty Years Ago Today was still in the No.1 position (DVD at No.5) in the Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert chart on the site (and still outselling The Rolling Stones’ latest)…

(13) South West London – A trip out to Wandsworth to discuss several ongoing projects with director, Alan G. Parker and producer, Alexa Morris. Keith learnt today that press screening invites for It Was Fifty Years Ago Today had gone out to the “red top” and several other UK newspapers. The response was magnificent and instantly, every seat for the screening, in Soho, London, on April 25, had been taken.

- Also today, Badman received news, from two different sources, that the proposed Marilyn drama series project had “optimistically” moved on a little bit further…

(12) Sunny Berkshire – Fine tuning/ developments on several projects took place today.

- One week after being placed on the site, the movie, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today (Blu-ray version) was still at No.1 in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” section on Amazon.co.uk. (The DVD version meanwhile stood at No.4.)
- Display copies of the Circus ’68 book went on display in The Beatles Shop on Mathew Street, Liverpool. (“A big thank you to both Anne Marie and Stephen… Wonderful people!”)

(11) Berkshire / The World – Cavern club text – was work on it finally finished? It looks like it was…
- Conversation with ace designer, Paul S and the ongoing CCR project took an unexpected, rather pleasant twist today.

(10) Overcast Berkshire – 47 years since The Beatles officially split, it was a monster email catch-up day…

- Incredible to think, but “It Was 20 Years Ago Today” that his definitive, co-authored Rolling Stones book, Good Times, Bad Times was released by Complete Music.

- Keith received news from movie producer, Alan Byron that the long planned; Odeon Entertainment film on The Beatles’ early years (which featured an interview with him) was back on the cards, and nearing completion.

(8) Aintree, Liverpool – The sporting highlight of the year, the 170th running of the world’s greatest horse race, The Grand National. It was another great betting year with Keith successfully backing the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th placed horses.

(7) West End London – Another monstrously busy day, taking in Windsor, Slough and then the West End of London where our Mr. Badman had a meeting with director, Alan G, producer, Alexa Morris, and film financier, Michael. The reason for the hook-up, to discuss (I kid you not) the purchase and development of one of Keith’s Beatles books into a fully-fledged movie.

- Amazon – Incredible, but true!! Just one day after going on sale, the Blu-ray and DVD releases of the Beatles movie reached Nos 1 and 2 respectively in the “Hot New Releases in Music Video & Concert” chart on the site. “Wow!”

(6) Amazon – The Blu-ray and DVD releases of It Was 50 Years Ago Today were listed for the first time today on Amazon.co.uk and… sales were very brisk indeed!! Incredible really since they will not be released officially until July 3.

- The Beatles' Pepper 50 Years Ago Today movie trailer was picked-up by The Guardian website and, by the following Monday, it had been watched by over half-a-million people. The trailer was also carried by the New Musical Express site.

- Windsor, Berkshire - Another almighty catchy-up, this time with Keith’s old, fellow Beatles-loving mate, Daniel.

(5) Rather Sunny Berkshire, thank you – (Roll on drums) after a two week delay, the official movie trailer for Alan G. Parker’s It Was 50 Years Ago Today was finally released to the world on YouTube. On the same day, a report on the movie was carried by the Classic Rock website.

-Further discussions took place today about the aforementioned Sandie Shaw project.
-Another surprise, with stocks practically out, Keith’s Marilyn (softback) returned to the #1 spot on the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

(4) Overcast Berkshire – Discussions about the CCR project took place between Keith and designer, Paul. A lengthy chat about the legalities of the new Beatles movie was also had today with producer, Alexa Morris.

(3) Quite Sunny Berkshire – Promotional text, for the CCR Pledge campaign, was prepared today.

- London - Confusion / heated arguments over the trailer for the new Beatles Pepper movie took place today between the companies in charge of promoting the film.
- Discussions commenced today involving the aforementioned Sandie Shaw project as well as ones involving the new one, the Beatles film drama, And In The End...
- Director, Alan G. announced the trailer for It Was 50 Years Ago Today would be officially released this coming week…

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

March 2017... Unveiling of The Beatles film, Lawford, BBC Four, CCR, the Cavern, and Marilyn!

(31) West End – Another monstrously busy business day, with activities firstly taking in Slough. Then (after boarding a fast train), operations shifted to London with visits to Langham Place (for work on a new BBC Four show), High Street Kensington, Charing Cross Road (aka “The Office” where Keith met director, Alan G and Andre formerly of The Bootleg Beatles and now co-manager of them) and then Langham Place again (when he saw colleague and long-time friend, Andy).

- A trip to see his dear Mum wrapped-up this busy day. “Phew!” Another rather exciting, highly productive month was now over…

- Another nice end to March came when reader, Helen R Waddington gave Marilyn a five-star rating on Goodreads. “Thank you!”

(30) Sunny Berkshire – Busy on CCR. Keith also received an offer today to work on a new, official Sandie Shaw documentary.

(29) Leafy (but overcast) Berkshire – Work time today was split between the forthcoming CCR book and a new project involving Sara Cash, the wife of legendary DJ, Dave. With an ace design for it, just sent in from top designer, Paul S, the venture excitedly (and suddenly) moved-up another notch.

- The Cavern club book endeavour… was the copy for it finally completed today? All 33,00-plus words of it? With a final piece of fine-tuning of the text today, it looks like Keith’s role on it was finally over. (A June 2017 release still looks certain.)

(28) Sunny Berkshire – Formative work on a new photo book project involving the legendary American rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

(27) Canada – With stocks of the softback now sold out on the site, and deliveries of the book not expected for 1-2 months, the paperback version of Marilyn unsurprisingly returned to the #1 spot again (!!!!!!!!!!!), this time in the “Most Wished for Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- Goodreads (again) – Many thanks to reader, “David Cain” for his five-star rating of Marilyn on the site today. “Thanks, David.”
- Speaking of the legendary actress, plans to turn Keith’s book into a major television production moved that little bit closer when optimistic discussions about it, between him and his Film/TV/Media agent, Yasmin took place today.
- Has the Cavern book text finally been approved and signed off, we wonder??!!
- Plans for another hook-up in London, this coming Friday, with Alan G. was hatched this afternoon.

(23-24) Leafy Berkshire – Further work (can you believe that) on the Cavern book text, in addition to conversations with Sara Cash (about another new, ongoing project). Keith also prepared an updated version of his biography for use in promotions of the new Beatles film.

- Also on the 24th, the softback version of Marilyn was spotted at #2 in the “Most Wished For In Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada.

- And talking about the great lady, today saw another major development in the plan to turn Keith’s book into a major TV drama series. More news soon! Watch this space…

(22) Leafy Berkshire – More forthcoming projects discussed, including one (a film biog) on a very well-known nightclub personality… with a background of over 50 years.

(21) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day of emails/ phone calls, catch-ups and sorting things, particularly with regards to the special Record Collector / Circus piece and the on-going book idea with Sara Cash, widow of the legendary DJ, Dave.

- A much-needed update on this site was carried out today.
- Another project with the Rock Gods, Queen in the offering, we wonder?

(20) Canada – In the Marilyn Amazon Bestsellers Rank, with stocks completely depleted, the softback version found its way up to #3 in the “Most Wished For” category. While in some of the other charts that day, the paperback edition was to be found at #18 in the “Biographies & Memoirs > People, A-Z > ( M ) > Monroe, Marilyn” and at #231 in the “Humour & Entertainment > Movies > Biographies” sections of the site.

- UK - Excitement continues when Record Collector magazine announces they will be featuring the remastered Circus ’68 images in a spread of a future Rolling Stones special edition version of the mag.
-The planned premiere today of the official trailer for It Was 50 Years Ago Today failed to materialise due to various unforeseen problems.
- Leafy Berkshire – “Have we reached the end for the Cavern book text?” That was the question today. We will soon know…

(17) London, England – Monster big news on the Beatles / Pepper movie front when the UK distribution for it, It Was Fifty Years Ago Today was picked up by Kaleidoscope Entertainment which means it will, without any doubts whatsoever, be in multiple cinemas across the country on May 26, the 50 anniversary of the UK release of the great album. (“Bet that will please Apple!”)

- West End, London (afternoon) – For the first time in possibly five-years, Keith met with his old, long-time pal of almost 30 years, Andy Neill. A pizza restaurant was chosen and a rather pleasant, four-hour catch-up was had by both of them.

(15) London, England – Keith was invited to the “Beatles Unseen” launch party, at the Proud Gallery in Camden this evening but, due to logistical problems, was unable to attend.

(14) West End – The first-ever screening of the completed, new Beatles movie took place at the private, swank, Hospital Club in Camden, London. (Event began at 5:30pm) Richard Porter, of the London Beatles Walks company, in the audience that night was the first to review it, describing it “a great tribute to a great album. Highly recommended.”

Keith’s role in the picture was also noticed, with Porter saying, “there is plenty of footage of the Fabs, much I hadn’t seen before, as collected by Keith Badman, Beatles archivist extraordinaire.” Thank you, Richard!

(10) Canada – Paperback Marilyn suddenly raced up to the #11 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” section on Amazon Canada. And with that, the site / company was completely out of any actual psychical copies of Keith’s book on the actress.

- Would you believe, even more editing / revision of the text to be featured in the forthcoming official Cavern club book.

(6– 9) South Coast – Keith took his twice-yearly trip down to Lawford-Land by the sea.

(3) Leafy Berkshire – Keith’s work on the Beatles documentary finally came to an end which at 11:43am, just seventeen minutes before the deadline, he submitted, for inclusion in the film, the last remaining piece of HD archive footage on the band. The very last picture, for inclusion in the picture (the Getty image of John Lennon leaning out of the train carriage window, Euston, in August 1967) had been sent just minutes before that. “The job was done.”

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Another frantic day when video grabs for another Rockin’ piece was sent to Record Collector magazine.

(1) Leafy Berkshire – Keith met for lunch with his old friend, the comedy producer and Queen production legend, Simon Lupton.

February 2017...Marilyn, The Beatles film is (almost) finished but the Cavern book is not!

(28) Leafy Berkshire – Keith spent the afternoon helping American author, John Brady with questions relating to Marilyn for his forthcoming book on the love affair of screen legends, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner.

(27) Leafy Berkshire (evening) – Another old-mate catch-up when Keith crossed paths with Gary, a friend of his for over 40 years!

(21) UK - Amazon.co.uk announced today the release of a new softback version of Marilyn.

(20) Berkshire – Keith sent the two completed Cavern files to the others in the production. Fingers crossed, his work on the book is now finished…. Alas not. (Work on the project, for one reason or not, would run on for another four months.)

(17) Soho, London – Fine-tuning of the film took place at Timeline Studios. This meant the start / end titles were added to the movie. Keith’s credit in the movie is (get ready) that of… “Archive Producer.”

(16) Soho, London – Following a special screening of the completed movie, the producer of it, Reynold liked what he saw and happily “signed it off,” which meant the release of it edged that much nearer. “Great news!” the team on the project screamed.

(1 – 15) Leafy Berkshire – Pretty much throughout the first two weeks of the month, our intrepid researcher spent most of his time intermittently dividing his time fine-tuning the Cavern club text and researching / finding / clearing footage and stills for the new Beatles documentary. “All go here, ya know!”

January 2017...Beatles movie work, a poster is designed, Ealing and Marilyn...

(25 – End of month) Leafy Berkshire – Unperturbed, Keith continued with his work researching / clearing archive footage and stills for the new Beatles film. “The WeTransfer site was certainly kept busy during these days,” he joked.

(25) London, England – An official, legal reply was sent to the legal representatives of a certain “well-known” British pop group. The letter made it abundantly clear, “You cannot stop us. We are doing nothing wrong and we are not infringing any of your copyrights.” We waited for a response… And until we receive one, the production on the movie would rumble on.

- Amazon Canada – With just one copy left in stock, Marilyn (paperback version) was spotted at #2 in the “Most Wished For in Monroe, Marilyn” section on the site.

- Legal matters on the film were discussed with producer, Alexa M this afternoon.
(24) London/ Berkshire – A flurry of emails / phone calls were sent / swopped, all of which concerned the imminent “cease and desist” notice from the lawyers of a “certain well known pop group.”

(23) Beatles movie poster – A “legal” letter was received by the producers of the It Was 50 Years Ago Today movie. It had been sent by lawyers acting on behalf of a certain, well-known “pop group.” They made it perfectly clear their “clients” were not happy with the film they were producing and demanded to know more about it. As a result, the movie poster and all literature about it had to remove from several sites, including this one until the matter had been resolved.

(18) London, England – Early promotions for the new Beatles documentary continued when the London-based film promoting company, Primal Screen distributed the newly created, excellent poster for the movie…. It was noticed by representatives of a certain, well-known “pop group” who immediately decided to take action against it.

(16 onwards thru month) Leafy Berkshire – Keith carried out continuous archive research and clearance work on the Beatles movie documentary.

(13) Ealing Film Studios – A return visit to the studios, famed for classics such as The Ladykillers and The Lavender Hill Mob. “Wow!”

(10) US – Goodreads – Many thanks to reader “Michael” for his five-star rating of Marilyn on the site. (For the record, during the period between July 22 2016 and January 14 2017 a total of 13 out of 16 readers on the site each gave Marilyn a five-star review. “Thank you all!”)

(9 – 12) Leafy Berkshire – Four days of non-stop archive research on the new Beatles doc.

(5 – 6) Leafy Berkshire – Time for another Rockin’ episode in Record Collector magazine. This month, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames’ January 1975 appearance on the long forgotten, Tyne-Tees music series, The Geordie Scene.

(3) Ealing Studios – The New Year continues with another trip out to Ealing Film Studios to see director, Alan G and editor, Ian who were there, hard at work constructing the new Beatles movie. “It was a freezing cold day,” Keith said, “so much so; I even had to put on my beloved, woolly Arsenal hat.”

(2) Leafy Berkshire – Welcome back. Here’s to a great 2017… It was a day of email catch-ups, Liverpool train and hotel bookings and further work on the new Beatles movie. A return to the world famous Ealing Film Studios in London is on the cards for tomorrow (Tuesday).

- Canada. Still hanging in there. The paperback edition of Marilyn was seen in the #23 position in the “Best Sellers in Monroe, Marilyn” listing on Amazon Canada. This meant Keith’s book on the late, great actress (in any format) has been in the Top 40 charts on the lady consistently since its release in Canada in August 2012.