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Lennon: The New York Years

Episode 3 of 6

Alan Yentob introduces Michael Epstein's film uncovering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's move to New York City, as Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era.

Alan Yentob introduces Michael Epstein's film uncovering John Lennon and Yoko Ono's move to New York City, as Lennon sought to escape the mayhem of the Beatles era and focus on his family and private life. It was in New York that Lennon created some of his most famous work, writing most of his songs in his apartment at The Dakota on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

Revealing the tumultuous life of one of the world's most famous couples as they adjusted to life in the Big Apple, the film charts the ups and downs of their creative and personal lives - including their battle against the immigration services, and Lennon's infamous "lost weekend".

Michael Epstein's documentary also features never-before-heard studio recordings from the Double Fantasy sessions, and never-before-seen outtakes from Lennon in concert and his home movies.

The film includes exclusive interviews with Yoko Ono and with artists who worked closely with Lennon during this period, including Elton John and photographer Bob Gruen.

1 hour, 20 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • John Lennon

    I'm Stepping Out

    Outtake

  • John Lennon

    New York City

  • Yoko Ono

    Mind Train

  • John Lennon

    Give Peace a Chance

  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Oh My Love

  • John Lennon

    John Sinclair

  • John Lennon

    Mind Holes

  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Woman is the Nigger of the World

  • John Lennon

    I Don't Want To Be a Soldier

  • John Lennon

    Imagine

  • John Lennon

    It's So Hard

  • John Lennon

    Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)

  • John Lennon

    I Know (I Know)

  • John Lennon

    Be Bop A Lula

    Written by Gene Vincent and Tex Davis

  • John Lennon

    Stand By Me

  • John Lennon

    What You Got

  • John Lennon

    Going Down On Love

  • John Lennon

    Scared

  • John Lennon

    Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

    Acoustic Version

  • John Lennon

    Whatever Gets You Thru The Night

    Live Version

  • John Lennon

    One Day (at a Time)

  • Yoko Ono

    Hard Times Are Over

  • The Beatles

    With A Little Help From My Friends

  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono

    (Just Like) Starting Over

  • Yoko Ono

    Yes, I'm Your Angel

  • Yoko Ono

    Kiss Kiss Kiss

  • John Lennon

    Nobody Told Me

    Outtake

  • John Lennon

    Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

  • John Lennon

    Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

    Outtake

  • John Lennon

    Woman

  • John Lennon

    You Are Here

    Outtake

  • John Lennon

    Watching the Wheels

    Outtake

  • John Lennon

    Borrowed Time

    Outtake

  • John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy X-Mas (War is Over)

    Outtake

  • John Lennon

    Watching the Wheels

    Acoustic Version

Credits

Role Contributor
Series Editor Alan Yentob
Director Michael Epstein

Broadcasts

  • Tue 12 Jul 2011 22:45
  • Tue 12 Jul 2011 23:15
  • Sun 17 Jul 2011 01:00