'No one' is better than The Beatles: Martin Freeman and Noel Gallagher praise band at film launch

'The Beatles have never been surpassed': ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar reports from the red carpet of a new documentary on the Fab Four

Hollywood actor Martin Freeman told ITV News The Beatles are still "the biggest and the best" band in the world, at a preview screening of a new documentary about the band.

Celebrities - including Noel Gallagher - joined friends and relatives of the Fab Four in Leicester Square on Tuesday evening, to mark the launch of Peter Jackson's three-part documentary series about the band.

Emmy and Bafta winner Martin Freeman - best known for his role in Peter Jackson's film series The Hobbit - praised The Beatles as the most important band in pop culture history.

The Hobbit actor Martin Freeman told ITV News that The Beatles' music 'sounds like it could have been made yesterday...pardon the pun'.

"They're still the biggest and best band in the world, I don't think they've ever been surpassed", he told ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar.

The 50-year-old, who achieved national fame in Ricky Gervais's The Office series, said: "There have been amazing bands and amazing artists before and since, but no one has had the same effect as The Beatles on human consciousness. Nobody."

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Oasis singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher took time to praise the Liverpool band on the red carpet today.

The Britpop icon has often spoken about his love for The Beatles, and how they inspired his own music. He told ITV News the band are his "favourite group by far".

After watching a trailer for the documentary, he told Nina Nannar: "I'm sure I'll shed a little tear towards the end."

The 54-year-old, who played alongside his younger brother Liam in Oasis, said musicians would pore over the documentary footage for inspiration.

"We'll be freeze-framing the film and analysing it forensically for all it's worth...it's what we've been doing with their tunes for years", he said.

Oasis singer Noel Gallagher said musicians would be 'freeze-framing' the documentary to find musical inspiration

Peter Jackson's three-part documentary series, The Beatles: Get Back, is made from 60 hours of never-before-seen restored footage. The Lord of the Rings director said it provides the most "honest" and "intimate" glimpse of the band ever seen.

The documentaries will be shown across three days on streaming service Disney Plus, from November 25.