YESTERDAY 12a

Yesterday is centred around a brilliant yet simple concept - what if you were the only person on earth who could remember the Beatles? And to take it one step further, what if you were a struggling musician who suddenly found that you had sole access to the greatest back catalogue of pop music the world has ever known? (If only you could remember the words to Eleanor Rigby…) Would you make the most of it, and if so how guilty would you feel?

In the hands of director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis, Yesterday fully cashes in on its potential. It is funny, well observed, smart, poignant at times, and, of course, it has one of the best soundtracks imaginable. Newcomer Himesh Patel is believable and engaging as the young musician in question, and he is well supported by a great cast including Lily James as his closest friend and Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar as his mum and dad. Recent visitor to Roundhay Park Ed Sheeran also plays a key cameo role.

Empire magazine gave it a four star review: “Boyle always excels with music, and these stripped-down, largely guitar-led Beatles numbers are unfailingly great: they remind you how much you love them (yeah, yeah, yeah), and how much you’d miss their music. Patel, previously best known for his work on EastEnders, proves a real musical talent and a sure-footed leading man.”

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