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LENNON80. A Pop-up TV channel in the UK & Ireland – to celebrate John Lennon’s 80th birthday.


LENNON80.

John Lennon’s 80th Birthday will be celebrated with LENNON80. – a dedicated, unique pop-up TV channel for the UK and Ireland, launching on the big day, October 9.

The channel will be available 24/7 for a week – on Sky 371 and Virgin 346 nationally, plus Freeview 83 in many parts of the UK, and will feature many rarities including John & Yoko’s 1971 classic ‘Parkinson’ appearance – thought to be lost but now restored and brought back to TV in its entirety.

Click here to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the TV schedule.

The channel is the first time that Yoko Ono Lennon and Universal Music Group have collaborated on such a venture, which has been compiled and co-ordinated by music TV director Simon Sadler in conjunction with Lennon/Ono archivist Simon Hilton.

Many months have been spent accessing the Lennon/Ono Archives for classic and rare footage, plus commissioning new content which includes brand new music shows presented by Matt Everitt from 6 Music. Also featured is content from Yoko Ono, including her performance and lecture at the Tate in 2004.

The content includes:

Bed Peace – John & Yoko’s classic autobiographical documentary charting their week-long Bed-In for Peace in Montreal, Canada in 1969.

Parkinson – from 1971 a BBC TV John & Yoko interview thought long-lost, now restored and brought back to TV in its entirety.

The Old Grey Whistle Test – from 1975 a complete episode of the BBC TV music show, including an extensive Bob Harris interview with John Lennon.

The Dick Cavett Show – from 1971 & 1972 two appearances by John & Yoko on ABC’s primetime chat show in the USA.

John Lennon Birthday Concert – from 2015, the Madison Square Garden concert to celebrate John’s 75th Birthday. Starring Brandon Flowers, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Aloe Blacc & many more.

Tate Gallery Lecture (2004), Onochord (2003) and IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.

Three documentaries from Yoko Ono – her lecture and performance from the Tate Gallery in 2004, her audience-participatory performance artwork Onochord launched in Venice in 2003 and exhibited worldwide, IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, the artwork she created for John Lennon which illuminates the skies in Iceland every year, from John’s birthday through to the new year.

Brand new music shows presented by 6Music’s Matt Everitt:

John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs – a definitive countdown of the greatest Beatles & solo songs written by John. All 25 videos in their remastered form.

From The Lennon Archive – from John, Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band, less well known music videos & some rare gems from the Lennon family archive, including John’s last live performance in 1975.

John’s Jukebox – an eclectic selection of 70s & 80s tracks that influenced John in his solo years, many of which appeared on his own personal jukeboxes! Including Elton John, David Bowie, Lene Lovich, George McCrae, Bruce Springsteen & Madness.

Music TV Director Simon Sadler said today: “There are not many artists worthy of a channel dedicated to just one name – but John Lennon is certainly one of them. To mark his 80th birthday we’re thrilled to have brought together many classic moments of John’s life – from his life at home, on the chat shows and the peace protests – as well bringing John’s solo music together with the songs he wrote for the Beatles for a rare outing on TV.”

  


  

LENNON80. TV SCHEDULE.

  

Friday 9 October

11am – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
12pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971.
2pm – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
4pm – Bed Peace.
6pm – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.
9pm – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
11pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.

  

Saturday 10 October

12am – John Lennon Birthday Concert.
2am – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
3am – Yoko Ono – Onochord.
4am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
5am – Yoko Ono – Take Gallery Lecture.
7am – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
8am – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
9am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
11am – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971/72.
1pm – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.
3pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
4pm – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
5pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971.
7pm – John Lennon – From The Archive.
9pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
10pm – Bed Peace.

  

Sunday 11 October

12am – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971/72.
2am – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
4am – John Lennon – From The Archive.
6am – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
7am – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
8am – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
9am – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
10am – John Lennon – From The Archive.
12pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
1pm – Bed Peace.
3pm – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
5pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971/72.
7pm – John Lennon Birthday Concert.
9pm – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.

  

Monday 12 October

12am – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
1am – Bed Peace.
3am – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
4am – John Lennon – From The Archive.
6am – Yoko Ono – Onochord.
7am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
9am – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971.
11am – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.
2pm – John Lennon Birthday Concert.
4pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
5pm – John Lennon – From The Archive.
7pm – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
9pm – John Lennon Birthday Concert.
11pm – John Lennon’s Top 10s.

  

Tuesday 13 October

12am – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
1am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
3am – Yoko Ono – Onochord.
4am – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
5am – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
6am – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
7am – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
9am – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971/72.
11am – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
12pm – Bed Peace.
2pm – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.
5pm – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
6pm – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
8pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
9pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971.
11pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971/72.

  

Wednesday 14 October

1am – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
3am – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
4am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
6am – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
7am – Bed Peace.
9am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
11am – John Lennon Birthday Concert.
1pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
2pm – John Lennon – From The Archive.
4pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971.
6pm – John Lennon Birthday Concert.
8pm – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
10pm – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
11pm – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.

  

Thursday 15 October

2am – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971.
4am – Yoko Ono – Take Gallery Lecture.
6am – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
7am – John Lennon – From The Archive.
9am – Lennon – The Parkinson Interview.
10am – John Lennon’s Jukebox.
12pm – The Old Grey Whistle Test.
2pm – John Lennon’s Top 10s.
3pm – Yoko Ono – Imagine Peace Tower.
4pm – The Dick Cavett Show – 1971/72.
6pm – John Lennon’s 25 Greatest Songs.
9pm – Bed Peace.
11pm – John Lennon Birthday Concert.

   


GIMME SOME TRUTH.

LENNON80. is part of a global celebration of the work of John Lennon, centred around his 80th birthday. The album GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES. will be released on October 9. The collection of some of the most vital and best-loved songs from his solo career was handpicked by Yoko Ono Lennon and Sean Ono Lennon and all the tracks have been completely remixed from scratch from the original multitracks.

  
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