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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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.

Last on

Fri 31 Dec 2010 00:05 BBC Four

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    A look at Lennon Naked, which charts John Lennon's activities from 1967 to 1971, a turbulent time in the rock star's life which included the dissolution of The Beatles.

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    Photo: John and Yoko

    John Lennon (Christopher Ecclestone) and Yoko Ono (Naoko Mori) face the glare of the world's press.

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    Photo: Balloons

    John Lennon sets his balloons free, with Yoko Ono and Beatles press officer Derek Taylor (Michael Colgan, far left).

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Credits

John Lennon
Christopher Eccleston
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
Dot
Di Botcher
Lil
Eileen O'Brien
Gloria Emerson
Debora Weston
Les
Dave Legeno
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
Director
Edmund Coulthard
Producer
Edmund Coulthard
Producer
Katherine Lannon
Writer
Robert Jones

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