It’s this sort of attention to detail which makes the ‘Britannia’ strand such a reliable treat. And, as we follow the genre from skiffle washboard to ‘Love Me Do’ via Old Compton Street coffee bars and an underwhelming visit from Bill Haley, the archive film and survivor stories are rolled out to fine effect.
But it’s full of moments of great charm, not least when John and Paul’s Quarrymen bandmates recall an early recording and still-sprightly organist Cherry Wainer bashes out a reprise of her number one smash ‘Hoots Mon’. ‘History doesn’t give a darn,’ snarls the Peter Pan of Pop. Never mind Cliff, at least BBC4 does.