Christopher Eccleston plays John Lennon in this single film which charts Lennon’s transition from Beatle to enduring and enigmatic icon. When The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein died unexpectedly in 1967, it was a turning point in John Lennon’s life. The film focuses on the turbulent and intense period of change that followed, and how John was haunted by his troubled childhood.
Lennon Naked also reveals the impact of re-establishing contact with his long-lost father, and the events that led John 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.
Coming to BBC Four next week is Lennon Naked – a drama looking at John Lennon and Yoko Ono, played by Christopher Eccleston and Naoko Maori respectively. Click on the pics for bigger versions and visit the Lennon Naked section – for more pics and clips – HERE. Here’s a synopsis:
Lennon Naked airs 9.30-10.55pm, Wed 23 June on BBC FOUR & BBC HD