Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Christoper Eccleston is John Lennon - Naked!

Ex-Doctor Who actor Christoper Eccleston returns to the small screen tonight in the one-off BBC Four drama 'Lennon Naked'. The 90 minute drama, which also stars ex-Torchwood actor Naoko Mori, focuses on Lennon's life during 1967-1971 including the death of the Beatles Manager and the singer's relationship with his wife, Yoko Ono.

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.

Lennon Naked airs tonight at 9.30pm on BBC Four.

(Source: BBC Four)


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