NBC developing series based on The Beatles for US TV

Creator of 'The Tudors' behind eight-episode series

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NBC are reportedly in the early stages of developing a TV drama series based around the career of The Beatles.

Deadline reports that the programme will be written by Michael Hirst, who has previously acted as executive producer on The Tudors, a show he created. Ben Silverman and Teri Weinberg will also act as executive producers on the eight-episode series.

Any prospective drama will join other recent attempts at transferring the story of The Fab Four onto the big screen such as Nowhere Boy, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as a young John Lennon. Meanwhile, The Fifth Beatle, about the Beatles manager Brian Epstein, has been in development for years and has been granted access to the Lennon/ McCartney archives.

Elsewhere, next month sees the re-release of A Hard Day's Night in cinemas and on DVD. The 1964 film , which follows a day in the life of the band as Beatlemania is in full swing, has been fully restored and will be in cinemas and available to download on July 4. A limited edition DVD and Blu-ray release will follow on July 21.

Directed by Richard Lester and written by Alun Owen, the film also starred Anna Quayle, Bob Godfrey, Robin Ray, Lionel Blair and Patti Boyd.

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