The documentary is 3 1/2 hours long and made in two parts – it was originally aired in the UK as an Arena special in November 2011. I watched the programme in its entirety on BBC4 on Friday night (whilst Mrs B. just slept next to me on the sofa) and am pleased to report that it is ‘live’ on the BBC iPlayer so you can (and really should) watch it too.
The programme was made using archive footage recorded throughout George’s life and gave a fascinating insight into the life of a truly inspirational character. Although a fan of the Beatles and the Travelling Wilburys; I had no idea just how diverse Harrison’s interests were.
A plethora of celebrities (Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Eric Idle, Tom Petty, Jackie Stewart, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar etc.), who knew George well appeared throughout the film and a common theme soon became apparent. Although inspirational characters themselves; all were inspired by George and held him in great affection. Some found it visibly hard to talk about him without being overcome by emotion and that spoke volumes about his impact upon them.
George was interesting, different, spiritual, driven, undeniably cool and entertaining too and it’s a real shame that his life was cut short by cancer (58 was too young to go). One thing is true however; he crammed enough into his 58 years to put the rest of us to shame!
Make the time to watch ‘Living in the material world’ – you won’t regret the decision.