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Lennon Naked
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30 January 2010
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No, calm down, this isn't Two Virgins part II (at least I hope not); it's a forthcoming BBC Four programme:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffi.....rama.shtml

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From the Liverpool Echo: "The one-off 90-minute film, which looks at Beatle’s life from 1967 to 1971, will be part of the BBC’s new spring drama season. Lennon Naked will see the Salford-born actor play the iconic singer from his time in the Beatles through to his later years. It features the effect on Lennon of the death of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, and the impact of re-establishing contact with his long-lost father Freddie

"The film also covers the break-up of his marriage to Cynthia Lennon and his relationship with Yoko Ono. Yoko Ono is played by Naoko Mori, of Torchwood and Absolutely Fabulous, Brian Epstein by Laurence Olivier Award winner Rory Kinnear and Cynthia Lennon by Cranford actress Claudie Blakley. Other cast members include Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney, Christopher Fairbank as Freddie Lennon, Allan Corduner as Art Janov and Michael Colgan as Derek Taylor."

Looks like it might be good. Rory Kinnear is the son of Roy Kinnear, from AHDN and Help!. Interesting that Arthur Janov is mentioned - I don't think I've seen the Primal Scream stuff dramatised before.

It's interesting that they cast Ecclestone, who's 45 years old, to play John Lennon, who was just 26 when he met Yoko in 1966. I have some contacts at the BBC, so I'll see what other info/pics I can dig up.

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31 January 2010
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For the BBC it's to do with the licence fee and online right. Because people outside the UK generally don't pay the television licence (which funds the BBC), they have to put a limit on the traffic costs for streamed video, which would be very high if everyone around the world could access them.

There's also a rights issue, with various deals being struck in different countries for the right to broadcast stuff online. The BBC iPlayer can stream stuff for seven days after TX (transmission), but the various deals that allowed them to get that far took years to hammer out. I dread to think how many people-hours it would take the contract lawyers to open it up worldwide.

I've no idea about SNL but I'd imagine it's another rights issue.

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5 March 2010
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There's a newish article on this at the BBC site.
Don't Let Me Down: rise of the rock biopics.

Have you heard anything new Joe?

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6 March 2010
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skye said:

There's a newish article on this at the BBC site.

Don't Let Me Down: rise of the rock biopics.

Have you heard anything new Joe?


 

They've started to advertise this but aren't giving a precise date yet for airing.  Also it's on BBC4 which isn't a mainstream channel (although still the BBC).

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These are from a clip of forthcoming BBC Vision highlights for 2010 that I managed to get hold of. The clip is six minutes long and covers a lot of programmes, and has 30 seconds or so from Lennon Naked.

The clip isn't available online, so these are exclusive to this site. I'm sure it'll be shown on TV in some form soon. I've put dialogue in where it appears, not that it's particularly illuminating.

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Yoko: "What a beautiful bicycle."

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Man: "It's sort of a protest."

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John Lennon: "I like the protest."

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Woman: "It's because of you getting all this publicity just because of who you are."

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John Lennon: "And who am I?"

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Woman (aware that she's stating the obvious): John Lennon

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15 April 2010
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Given the very few words in the extract it's hard to say, but Ecclestone's accent sounded suitably Lennon-like.

The Japanese actress playing Yoko is Naoko Mori, who's in the dreadful Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood (it's an anagram). And yep, that's George and Ringo, though I don't know who's playing them. The George actor might not be too big - it may just be a bad angle.

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19 April 2010
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According to IMDB, the cast is as follows (appears to be an incomplete listing):

 

Naoko Mori... Yoko Ono
Adrian Bower... Pete Shotton
Claudie Blakley... Cynthia Lennon
Rory Kinnear... Brian Epstein
Andrew Scott... Paul McCartney
John Warman... Abusive passerby
Jack Morgan... George Harrison
Jonathan Rigby... Cynthia's lawyer 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19 April 2010
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You can see the trailer here:

 

http://74.125.93.132/search?q=.....=firefox-a

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robert said:

You can see the trailer here:

 

http://74.125.93.132/search?q=.....=firefox-a


 

Look interesting, but yech- I don't know how I feel about that actor playing John.

Not bad acting per se, but... not John. Or, seems to be acting as the publicly known John.
I think an actor's job is to dig a bit deeper, but, w'll see how it plays out.

The voice too is off. But! I think I'm just hard to please! a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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