On this day in music history: December 26, 1967 - “Magical Mystery Tour”, starring The Beatles airs on BBC1 in the UK. An hour long film directed by the band shows them on charabanc bus trip with numerous friends and other odd characters around the English countryside. The original idea for the film will come from Paul McCartney after a recent trip to the US. He will map out his ideas loosely on a sheet of paper, drawing a circle, and sketching out what should happen during a particular segment. When filming begins in September of 1967, it will be largely unscripted, with the group simply driving around, and letting the cameras roll and hoping to capture any spontaneous moments. The band will spent two weeks filming, and then eleven weeks in the editing room paring the ten hours of footage shot into the finished film. Though it is shot in color, the initial broadcast by the BBC is in black & white, greatly diminishing the film’s visual impact. When it is aired to a large UK viewing audience on Boxing Day, it will be so poorly received by fans and critics, that plans for it to be aired on US TV by NBC are immediately withdrawn. However, the LP and double EP set containing music from the film will be highly successful. Over the years, the film will take on cult status among Beatles fans. “Magical Mystery Tour” will be fully restored and released on DVD and Blu-ray disc in 2012, nearly forty five years after its original broadcast.