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Monday, December 19, 2005

Lennon Documentaries - Unimaginable [A BBC Radio 4 play]

Ok it's late, I can't sleep for pain. I am not feeling good. I really cannot be arsed to type anything.
I give you this, from the BBC:
Thursday 8 December 2005 14:15-15:00 (Radio 4 FM)

An unusual and highly personal look at a murder that shocked the world. When John Lennon was shot outside his New York apartment the world's press were desperate for interviews in order to feed the world's insatiable demand for anything related to the dead singer. This presented Ray Connolly with something of a dilemma. The very day Lennon was murdered, Connolly was scheduled to fly out to interview him. This would have been Lennon's first interview with a British journalist for something like 10 years. Although a journalist, Connolly was also Lennon's friend and this is why Lennon had agreed to be interviewed after such a long silence. It would have provided Connolly with a major coup. Instead he finds himself besieged by his fellow journalists. The play focuses on Connolly's reaction to the singers death and the conflict within his own mind between the Lennon's public image and his private lifestyle. He could clearly sense the creation of the many myths and legends that have subsequently come to surround the former Beatle.

Ray Connolly ...... Robert Glenister
Plum ...... Jenny Funnell
Louise ...... Clare Corbett
Dominic ...... Nicholas Carter
Keiron ...... Thomas Helm
Sociologist ...... Ian Masters
Musicologist ...... Alan Leith
US DJ ...... Tim Flavin
Taxi driver ...... Richard Tate
Reporter ...... Sidney Sloane

Director Martin Jenkins.

The play is pretty good. Gives you a little more insight. Unfortunately I find that with most BBC radio plays I get irritated by the wooden, reading-from-a-script style that these BBC actors all have!
That said, if you are a fan, or just interested t o hear what one guy went through on the day Lennon died, a guy that knew him, then get this.

NOTE: This is the last of the Lennon documentaries from me.
Next up will be the start of a series of Bob Marley bootlegs and rare recordings.


part 1

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Blogger Diane said...

Another great Lennon share! This one sounds really special, as it is written by someone who was close to John. Can't wait to have a listen. Thank you very much for all these great Lennon documentaries!!

12/21/2005 04:47:00 pm  

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