Programme Index

Discover 10,100,220 listings and 227,932 playable programmes from the BBC

Lennon Naked

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Christopher Eccleston is John Lennon in a drama which charts his transition from Beatle John to enduring and enigmatic icon.

Writer Robert Jones articulates the burden of genius, as well as issues of fatherhood and fame, covering a period of wildly fluctuating fortunes for Lennon from 1967-71. When the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein died unexpectedly in 1967 it was a turning point in Lennon's life and the film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.

It also reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long-lost father and the events that led Lennon to shed everything both personally and creatively, including calling time on the Beatles. Meeting Yoko Ono was the catalyst for this new era and the film explores the development of their extraordinary relationship, their growing disillusionment with Britain and what caused Lennon to abandon the UK to start a new life in America - a process which ultimately led Lennon to record arguably the most powerful solo work of his career. Show less

Contributors

Freddie Lennon:
Christopher Fairbank
Art Janov:
Allan Corduner
Paul McCartney:
Andrew Scott
Yoko Ono:
Naoko Mori
Derek Taylor:
Michael Colgan
Ringo Starr:
Craig Cheetham
George Harrison:
Jack Morgan
Cynthia Lennon:
Claudie Blakley
Brian Epstein:
Rory Kinnear
Pete Shotton:
Adrian Bower
Gloria Emerson:
Debora Weston
Julian Lennon:
Charlie Coulthard
Cabbie at Scala:
Ray MacAllan
Cynthia's Lawyer:
Jonathan Rigby
Rich Middle-aged Woman:
Annabel Leventon
Hospital Consultant:
David Annen
Apple Accountant:
Patrick Drury
John's PA:
Helen Bradbury
Reporter leaving UK Press:
Dylan Charles
Journalist 1:
Pieter Lawman
Journalist 2:
Roderick Smith

About this data

This data is drawn from the data stream that informs BBC's iPlayer and Sounds. The information shows what was scheduled to be broadcast, meaning it was/is subject to change and may not be accurate. More