Woody Allen, Kate O'Mara and Alfred Hitchcock as you've never seen them before: Amazing behind-the-scenes shots taken during the golden age of television
- Photographs were discovered in listing magazine TV Times' archive after being left there for nearly 50 years
- Among them are candid photographs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Cilla Black and Muhammad Ali
- Other celebrities snapped include Kate O'Mara, Tommy Cooper, Peter Sellers and Liza Minnelli
- They have been unearthed and released ahead of their sale as fine art prints by the publication
They were some of the best known faces on television.
But this is Woody Allen, Ronnie Barker, Kate O'Mara and Alfred Hitchcock as you've never seen them before.
A set of intimate behind-the-scenes photographs has been released, giving a rare glimpse into TV's golden age.
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Alfred Hitchcock peers his head out of the doors of the Robes Return Inn on the set of Coronation Street in this archived image from 1964
Woody Allen adjusts a microphone to his height while beside his seat before The Woody Allen Show which aired on Granada in 1965
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are captured filming The Music of Lennon & McCartney in December 1965 at Granada Studios
Paul McCartney smokes a cigarette as he plays guitar with bandmate John Lennon during one of the sessions in 1965
Ringo Starr smiles as he plays the drums in one of the many candid photographs taken of The Beatles while they filmed
George Harrison plays the guitar during one of the band's sessions that were captured by TV Times in 1965, some five years before The Beatles split up
Liza Minnelli admires an embellished dress in the mirror of her dressing room while filming her show Live at the Hippodrome in 1966
Screen siren Kate O'Mara strikes a sultry pose as she reclines on a large char in a revealing, crochet outfit for a photoshoot
The black and white photographs were discovered in a listing magazine TV Times' archive nearly 50 years after they were taken.
One shot shows Allen clutching a microphone with a bemused look on his face as he waits backstage during filming of The Woody Allen Show.
Another sees renowned film director Hitchcock peeping through two doors on the set of Coronation Street in Granada Studios in Manchester in 1964.
Barker was also captured, sticking his head round a door and wearing trademark thick-rimmed spectacles.
Other celebrities snapped include boxing rivals Muhammed Ali and Henry Cooper, pictured shaking hands moments before an interview, and actress and singer Liza Minnelli in a dressing room at rehearsals for Live at the Hippodrome in 1966.
British actor Peter Sellers is pictured above in 1964. His portrait is among dozens which have been unearthed by TV Times recently
Tommy Cooper is seen in a ponderous pose while he smokes a thin cigar on the TV set in 1968. The actor died in 1984
Ronnie Barker pokes his head around a door to smile in his trademark thick-rimmed glasses (left) and John Lennon and Paul McCartney relax between takes (right)
Zsa Zsa Gabor cuts an elegant figure as she relaxes on a sofa wearing a cocktail dress and adorned in diamond earrings, a ring and brooch
Muhammed Ali shakes hands with rival boxer Henry Cooper to the delight of cameramen and audience members. The pair fought in 1963 and 1964
Cilla Black shows off a youthful complexion and trademark bobbed hair as she poses for a candid photograph behind the scenes
Tony Hancock poses in a suit jacket and tie while shooting on the Granada TV set. He is best known for his series Hancock's Half Hour
Bobby Moore poses on the football pitch in a candid photograph taken in 1968. It was shelved alongside others which have been unearthed
Diana Rigg is caught off-guard as she eats an orange between takes in this charming portrait taken in 1966. The actress played Emma Peel in The Avengers for three years
John Lennon and Paul McCartney are also pictured wearing suits and relaxing before one of their many TV appearances while a young Muhammed Ali is captured shaking hands with fellow boxer Henry Cooper.
Female stars Liza Minnelli and Zsa Zsa Gabor are also seen in the collection of images, with the former admiring herself as she holds up a dress in her changing room.
The candid photographs have been released by TV Times ahead of their sale as fine art prints.
A spokesman for the company said: 'As well as producing exclusive portraits of some of the day’s stars, readers could also catch a glimpse of their favourite celebrities "out of character".
'One particularly nice set shows the singer and actress Liza Minnelli backstage, during rehearsals for a TV production, Live at the Hippodrome in 1966.'
The £1.40 magazine has a circulation of just over 236,000. For more information about the prints, click here.
A model poses for a Helmut Newton fashion feature on fur for a 1968 issue of the publication. The negatives and original prints have recently been unearthed
A reel of negatives sows Paul McCartney and John Lennon rehearsing and performing on the TV set in the 1965, some 15 years before the latter was assassinated
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