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Series
Masterpiece Contemporary
Program
Lennon Naked
Program Number

4033

Series Description

Masterpiece contemporary, which follows the successful launches of Masterpiece classic and Masterpiece mystery!, will present outstanding British television drama with contemporary themes. Series release date: 2008

Program Description

Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) portrays the legendary icon in the drama "Lennon Naked," focusing on the turbulent period of change in John Lennon's professional and personal life, following the unexpected death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein in 1967. This new era is marked by Lennon's extraordinary relationship with Yoko Ono and his disillusionment with Britain, ultimately causing Lennon to pursue a new life in New York City. Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who) channels John Lennon in this acclaimed recreation of Lennon’s last turbulent years with the Beatles, co-starring Naoko Mori (Torchwood) as Yoko Ono, the woman blamed for breaking up the band, and Christopher Fairbank (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) as Freddie Lennon, John’s absentee father.

Behind the genius, outspokenness, and mischievous antics of the much-loved "smart Beatle," John Lennon (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who), is an artist whose struggle with childhood abandonment by his father shapes and nearly undermines his every relationship. Between 1967 and 1971, the tumultuous and wildly creative "studio years" for the Beatles, John Lennon is mired in an unhappy domestic life with his wife, Cynthia (Claudie Blakley, Return to Cranford), and his young son, Julian, the objects of his cruel indifference. Trying to reconcile the sudden death of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and the reintroduction of his long-estranged father, Freddie Lennon (Christopher Fairbank, Tess of the D'Urbervilles), into his life, John sees himself at once as a martyr and a gadfly. Far from being the gentle icon of world peace that he would later become, John embodies his credo that an artist has to destroy as well as create. It's only when he falls in love with avant-garde artist Yoko Ono (Naoko Mori, Torchwood) that John finds the inspiration to enact change in his and Yoko's own unique way, from a cloud of white balloons to the publicity-generating "Bed Peace." Ultimately, their partnership breaks him from the Beatles and Britain itself. Together, they leave country and family behind for New York City, starting over. Lennon Naked also stars Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Rory Kinnear (Mansfield Park).

A Blast! Films production in association with NHK For the BBC

© Blast! Films Ltd MMX

Duration

01:26:10

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Drama
Citation
Chicago: “Masterpiece Contemporary; Lennon Naked,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 2, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BDD25E4B2F3842A2A3A1D9FE0CF1FC96.
MLA: “Masterpiece Contemporary; Lennon Naked.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 2, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BDD25E4B2F3842A2A3A1D9FE0CF1FC96>.
APA: Masterpiece Contemporary; Lennon Naked. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_BDD25E4B2F3842A2A3A1D9FE0CF1FC96
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