In 1964 a reluctant John Lennon is persuaded by manager Brian Epstein to meet Freddie, the father who abandoned him 17 years earlier, with the press in attendance. The meeting is short and bitter. Three years later Epstein is dead and John invites Freddie to his mansion but again things turn sour, due to Freddie's drinking and insulting Mimi, the aunt who raised John. The Beatles set up Apple records but the press are hostile and Lennon's comment that 'we're more popular than Jesus' doesn't help. Rows with long-suffering wife Cynthia lead to marital breakdown and John's meeting Japanese performance artist Yoko Ono. Family history is repeated as Lennon leaves Cynthia and their son Julian for Ono, by whom he has a second son, Sean. In 1969 John returns his M.B.E. in protest at England's support for the Vietnam War while his stunts with Yoko Ono to promote peace alienate the press. Some months later he disbands the Beatles to the other members' annoyance and, after arguments with Paul ...
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Did You Know?
Christopher Eccleston is to date the only actor to play both John Lennon and The Doctor (the Ninth) from Doctor Who. However, Peter Capaldi (the Twelth Doctor) played George Harrison in John and Yoko: A Love Story (1985), which starred Mark McGann, brother of Paul (the Eighth Doctor) as John. See more
Towards the end, John and Yoko are shown boarding a jet airplane bound for New York, the date is given as 1971. They are seen boarding a Boeing 747-400 with it's distinctive extended upper deck. This aircraft was not introduced by Boeing until 1988. See more
Disclaimer in opening titles: "The following drama is based on real events, although some scenes are the invention of the writer." See more
Money (That's What I Want)
Written by Berry Gordy
and Janie Bradford
Performed by Barrett Strong See more