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John Lennon Season
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14:15 - 15:00,
Thursday, 8 December 2005
A season of programmes across the BBC to commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's death
Click here to go to the Afternoon Play web pageAn unusual and highly personal look at a murder that shocked the world.

When John Lennon was shot outside his New York apartment the world's press were desperate for interviews in order to feed the world's insatiable demand for anything related to the dead singer.

This presented Ray Connolly with something of a dilemma. The very day Lennon was murdered, Connolly was scheduled to fly out to interview him. This would have been Lennon's first interview with a British journalist for something like 10 years.

Although a journalist, Connolly was also Lennon's friend and this is why Lennon had agreed to be interviewed after such a long silence. It would have provided Connolly with a major coup.

Instead he finds himself besieged by his fellow journalists.

The play focuses on Connolly's reaction to the singer's death and the conflict within his own mind between the Lennon's public image and his private lifestyle. He could clearly sense the creation of the many myths and legends that have subsequently come to surround the former Beatle.

Director Martin Jenkins, founding Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman, has his own connection to John Lennon and the Beatles as he booked them to play at Liverpool University when they were known as the Silver Beatles.


2.15pm Thursday 8 December 2005
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