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The Beatles’ last ever live performance, up on the rooftop of 3 Saville Row, is a legendary moment in music history and an event that Peter Jackson’s new three-part Disney documentary charts.

Based on around 56 hours of film that for 50 years remained hidden within Apple’s vaults, the three-parter also gives an in-depth insight into the recording sessions for their album Let It Be.

Having mused over where they’d first perform some of the tracks, the band joke about being arrested. In the footage, Paul McCartney says: “We should do the show in a place we’re not allowed to do it, getting forcibly ejected.”

Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in Peter Jackson's The Beatles: Get Back documentary. Pic: Apple Corps Ltd
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Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison in Peter Jackson’s The Beatles: Get Back documentary. Pic: Apple Corps Ltd

But, a young policeman who was there that day, has told Sky News the rooftop gig wasn’t halted because nobody “knew what to do”.

Ken Wharfe was 21 at the time. He’d been on traffic duty when he received a call from his “grumpy old sergeant” asking if he could hear a “dreadful noise”.

“We walked up Regent Street and suddenly it became clear I could hear the music Get Back just sort of flowing over the rooftops of Soho.”

When he arrived on Saville Row, there was a party atmosphere in the street.

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Ken Wharf was a 21-year-old police officer when The Beatles performed on the London rooftop
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Mr Wharfe said: “I remember thinking I needed a piece of this action, so I literally went into number three and ascended the stairs. I remember…Ringo Starr in that sort of tangerine coat and I thought ‘this is the best thing that’s ever going to happen to me in the police service’.

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and John Lennon in The Beatles: Get Back documentary. Pic: Apple Corps Ltd
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The documentary showcases hours of unseen footage that has been held in Apple’s vaults. Pic: Apple Corps Ltd

“None of us really knew what to do….because there wasn’t a problem, there wasn’t a crime, at worst it was noise but it was a pleasant noise.”

While the band might have expressed a desire to be dragged off stage by police, Mr Wharfe says he and his colleagues were too busy enjoying the best seats in the house.

“I think that one or two of my colleagues, you know, had to make a stand but the bulk of us, we were more interested in actually getting a better viewpoint and listening!

Peter Jackson, director/producer of The Beatles: Get Back documentary. Pic: SNPA/Ross Setford
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Peter Jackson produced and directed the documentary. Pic: SNPA/Ross Setford

“It was the last concert that The Beatles ever performed so, of all the things that I did in my career, I have to say this is the one thing that I remember more than anything else because it was just an amazing occasion.”

In Beatles mythology, so it goes that the Let It Be recording sessions were fractious and unpleasant.

However, the new footage shows it wasn’t anywhere near as miserable as we’d been led to believe as the band can be seen laughing and enjoying making music.

Sky News has spoken to one of the band’s sound engineers, Dave Harries, who was also there that day having helped them record the album.

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“They were so good, so talented,” he says. “Their harmonies, you know, all the harmonies were brilliant.”

Mr Harries believes the only real conflict stemmed from the boys’ frustration at the recording process.

“They weren’t very happy with the fact that the studio wasn’t completed and running properly…that was a shame because they deserved better.”

The documentary is a compelling insight and one that finally allows every Beatles fan the ending they’d always wanted – four young friends who might be ready to go their separate ways but who aren’t at each other’s throats but who are laughing and enjoying making music together.

Get Back is out on Disney+ now.

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Phillip Schofield: Ex-This Morning star Dr Ranj Singh criticises ‘toxic culture’ at ITV show and claims he was ‘managed out’

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Phillip Schofield: Ex-This Morning star Dr Ranj Singh criticises 'toxic culture' at ITV show and claims he was 'managed out'

Former This Morning star Dr Ranj Singh has spoken out in the wake of the Phillip Schofield controversy and hit out at the “toxic culture” at the ITV daytime show.

He claimed he was “managed out” after taking his concerns to Emma Gormley, the head of ITV Daytime.

“I was on the show for 10 years and I genuinely loved and valued working there,” he said in a post on Twitter.

“However, over time I grew increasingly worried about things were behind the scenes and how people including myself, were being treated.

“I didn’t know the truth about what was going on with Philip [sic], but I do know the issues with TM [This Morning] go far beyond him. It takes more than one person to create a culture.”

Dr Ranj said he “did what I thought was right” and made a complaint about This Morning editor Martin Frizell’s behaviour, adding “especially given that my job is to look after people’s wellbeing and I had been heavily involved in diversity, anti-bullying and mental health projects across the channel”.

“I then found myself being used less and less,” he said.

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“I even took my concerns directly to the top of ITV: the culture at This Morning had become toxic, no longer aligned with ITV values, and I felt like because I whistle-blew I was managed out.

“But as history and experience have taught us, things like bullying and discrimination are very hard to prove, particularly in hindsight and when the ‘people in power’ control the narrative. As we’ve seen, no review or investigation is foolproof.

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“I haven’t worked on the show since… and I’m not the only one who has spoken up or experienced similar,” he added.

“That was two years ago and, frankly, it still hurts. The whole process was pretty heart-breaking and even affected my mental health. But I’m happy to say I’ve found my feet again, know my worth and have found my tribe.

He continued: “There are some good people in TV, but we need to be brave and stand up to those who aren’t. Even if it’s scary as hell, we have to do the right thing otherwise nothing will change. I sincerely hope something good comes from all this.”

He also added in the post’s caption that “there is so much more” he could say.

An ITV spokesperson earlier confirmed to Sky News they carried out an external review following a complaint made by Dr Ranj, and it “found no evidence to support the complaint of bullying”.

It comes as ITV confirmed that Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary will present the show tomorrow after days of significant revelations about ex-presenter Phillip Schofield’s behaviour and the culture on set.

Last Saturday, Phillip Schofield announced he would be leaving This Morning after 20 years at the helm following reports his relationship with co-host Holly Willoughby had become strained.

Less than a week later, Schofield released a statement admitting an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a “much younger man” and announced he was stepping down from ITV completely.

He also admitted he lied about the affair to ITV bosses, his agents and the media, resulting in the channel saying the were “deeply disappointed by the admissions of deceit” and the management company YMU Group dropping him.

ITV confirmed on Saturday they had investigated “rumours of a relationship” but the pair repeatedly denied the affair.

Ms Willoughby said the admission was “very hurtful” while other TV personalities including Eamonn Holmes and Andrea Catherwood hit out at ITV executives.

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Phillip Schofield: ITV responds to reports This Morning could be axed – as boss denies mistakes in broadcaster’s investigation

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Phillip Schofield: ITV responds to reports This Morning could be axed - as boss denies mistakes in broadcaster's investigation

An ITV boss has denied mistakes were made in the broadcaster’s investigation into rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and a younger male employee.

Kevin Lygo, director of television at ITV, was approached by Sky News following questions over what bosses knew about Schofield’s conduct.

ITV said it investigated “rumours of a relationship” in 2020 but both Schofield and the employee “repeatedly denied” the affair.

Speaking on Sunday, Lygo declined to comment further, telling Sky News: “Honestly, we’ve made a statement today, yesterday. I think it’s all clear.”

Asked if mistakes were made in the 2020 investigation, he replied: “No.”

ITV has said there are no plans to axe its flagship This Morning show following reports it could be taken off air in the wake of the Schofield controversy.

The veteran TV presenter, 61, quit the broadcaster on Friday and was dropped by his talent agency after admitting he lied about an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a young male colleague who worked on the programme.

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Rumours of the relationship had first begun to circulate in 2020.

Denying reports in Sunday’s newspapers about the future of This Morning, an ITV spokesperson said: “As we said on the record yesterday, This Morning is not under review and there’s no plans for the show to be axed.

“This Morning will return as normal tomorrow.”

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TV presenter Phillip Schofield with his then co-host Holly Willoughby on This Morning

It comes after presenter Holly Willoughby spoke of her hurt after finding out that her former co-host had lied to her about his affair.

Writing on Instagram, she said: “When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not.

“It’s been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie.”

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Holly Willoughby (left) and Phillip Schofield attending the launch of Dancing On Ice 2020, held at Bovingdon Airfield, Hertfordshire. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday December 9, 2019. See PA story SHOWBIZ Ice. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire.

Schofield ‘deeply sorry’

In a statement on Friday, Schofield said he was “deeply sorry” for lying about the relationship.

It is understood the younger colleague, who is not a public figure, did not want the relationship to be made public.

The affair took place before Schofield came out as gay in 2020, and while he was still married to his wife, Stephanie Lowe.

In a damning statement, his former agents YMU Group said “honesty and integrity” were core values of their business and that their relationships are “based entirely on trust”.

Schofield, 61, left This Morning last week, amid reports his long-term friendship with Willoughby had come under strain.

Rumours of behind-the-scenes problems between the pair surfaced after his brother Tim Schofield was convicted of child sex offences.

Willoughby is expected to return to This Morning on 5 June.

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Holly Willoughby says Phillip Schofield ‘directly’ lied to her over affair with younger colleague

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Holly Willoughby has said Phillip Schofield lied to her about his affair with a much younger male colleague.

Speaking for the first time since Schofield admitted having an “unwise, but not illegal” affair, his former This Morning co-presenter wrote on Instagram: “It has taken time to process yesterday’s news.

“When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not.

“It’s been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie.”

On Friday, the veteran broadcaster quit ITV and admitted to having an affair with a colleague who worked on This Morning. Rumours of the relationship had first begun to circulate in 2020.

ITV said it had investigated – but both Schofield and the employee “repeatedly denied” the affair.

The broadcaster was forced to issue the statement after questions were raised over what network bosses knew about Schofield’s conduct.

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Fellow former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes had said Schofield was “not the only guilty party” and claimed top management “knew what sort of man he was”.

Questions had also been raised about what his co-host, Ms Willoughby knew, something she has now hit back at with her statement.

Schofield, 61, left This Morning last week, amid reports his long-term friendship with Willoughby had come under strain.

The two have been open about their close friendship over the years, including sharing pictures on social media of them while on joint holidays with their families.

Holly made a statement via Instagram Stories. (Pic: Instagram)
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Holly made a statement via Instagram Stories. (Pic: Instagram)

What ITV said

In response to mounting pressure on the broadcaster, an ITV spokesperson said: “Further to our statement last night, ITV can confirm that when rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an employee of ITV first began to circulate in early 2020 ITV investigated.

“Both parties were questioned and both categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours as did Phillip’s then agency YMU.

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“In addition, ITV spoke to a number of people who worked on This Morning and were not provided with, and did not find, any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.

“Phillip’s statement yesterday reveals that he lied to people at ITV, from senior management to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media and to others over this relationship.”

Phillip Schofield arriving at St Michael's church, Heckfield in Hampshire, for the wedding of Anthony McPartlin to Anne-Marie Corbett. Ant is one half of the entertainment duo Ant and Dec. Picture date: Saturday August 7, 2021.
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Phillip Schofield in 2021

Schofield ‘deeply sorry’ for lying

In a statement on Friday, Schofield said he was “deeply sorry” for lying about the relationship.

It is understood the younger colleague, who is not a public figure, did not want the relationship to be made public.

The affair took place before Mr Schofield publicly came out as gay in 2020, and while he was still married to his wife Stephanie Lowe.

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In a damning statement, his former agents YMU Group said “honesty and integrity” were core values of their business and that their relationships are “based entirely on trust”.

They have since parted ways with Schofield.

Willoughby is set to return to This Morning on 5 June.

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