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On December 8 1980 the news that John Lennon had been shot dead caused shock waves around the world. The Day John Lennon Died is a brand new documentary for ITV1 that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the former Beatle’s death by revisiting the key moments of that fateful day.
The film retraces John’s steps on the day leading up to his murder through the strikingly vivid recollections of those who came into contact with him. It features often emotional interviews with key figures, from wife Yoko Ono Lennon recalling her final moments with her husband, and fan Paul Goresh who was to take the famous photograph of John with his killer, Mark Chapman, to the radio host to whom he gave his last interview, the record producer who recorded John’s final piece of music with him on the day,,and the doctor who battled to save his life.
The Day John Lennon Died features an exclusive, moving interview with John’s widow Yoko Ono Lennon, the only interview she is giving to mark this significant anniversary outside the US. She recalls their life together and the events of that last terrible day.
With rare archive footage of John’s life in New York, including touching family moments with Yoko and Sean, the programme gives an intimate insight of John’s life and the point it had reached before his murder.
The film recounts the events at the heart of John’s last day, from when he visited his favourite barbers in the morning, to when he was pronounced dead later that evening.
There are powerful testimonies from those close to the immediate aftermath of the shooting, including the rookie news reporter who was in the emergency room at the Roosevelt Hospital, after a motorbike crash and witnessed John being rushed in, and being treated, and broke the news to the world. The doctor who treated John gives a vivid and moving account of that night, his desperate attempts to resuscitate John, and the moment he had to tell Yoko that her husband had died.
The programme also features an interview with Lennon fan Liam Gallagher who visits the site of the Beatles last ever concert in 1969 on the roof of the Apple building in London’s Savile Row. He tells the programme why John Lennon had such an impact on his life and career.
The Day John Lennon Died also looks at how John’s death affected those who knew and loved him including Cilla Black, David Frost and Gerry Marsden.
Last edited: Thursday, 25 November 2010