John Lennon & Yoko Ono on Television

This page details all known guest Television appearances made by John Lennon (alone or with Yoko Ono) with the addition of significant features or newscasts. Film appearances and promotional clips produced by John and Yoko are dealt with in the Filmography section. E-mail us at urthepob@hotmail.com if you feel the urge to contact us about something on this page.
Most of the video captures come courtesy of Bamiyan's Beatles on Video.
For details of Home-Video & DVD releases see our Lennon/Ono on Home-Video & DVD page.


Juke Box Jury
Recorded: 22/Jun/1963
Transmitted: BBC Television B&W 29/Jun/1963 (6:35pm-7pm)
Inevitably, the first Beatle to appear on television without the other three was John - on BBC Television's Juke Box Jury in which new singles would be judged a "Hit" or "Miss" by the four strong panel. Hosted by the DJ David Jacobs, it was the most watched pop programme of the time. Lennon sat alongside TV personality Katie Boyle, actor Bruce Prochnik and actress Caroline Maudling. Typically, John's performance raised a few eyebrows as he brazenly poured scorn on every single one of the discs, influencing the panel to vote all but one of them a "miss".
The records that were played in this edition were 'Southend' by Cleo Laine, 'So Much In Love' by the Tymes; 'Devil In Disguise' by Elvis Presley (John said Elvis now sounded like Bing Crosby - but this was the one record voted a 3 to 1 'hit'), 'The Click Song' by Miriam Makeba, 'On Top Of Spaghetti' by Tom Glaser, 'Flamenco' by Russ Conway, 'First Quarrel' by Paul and Paula and 'Don't Ever Let Me Down' by Julie Grant. An audio recording of the broadcast is in circulation. Later that year, in December 1963, all four Beatles were panellists on the programme together.


Tonight
Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: BBC Television B&W 23/Mar/1964 (7pm-7:35pm)
The 2nd solo TV appearance by a Beatle was made to promote the first fab solo venture - John's book of poems and stories In His Own Write. Extracts from the book were read (not by John) followed by an interview conducted by Kenneth Allsopp which lasted 4 minutes. There is no surviving footage.


Not Only...But Also
Recorded: 20/Nov/1964 & 29/Nov/1964
Transmitted by: BBC2 B&W 09/Jan/1965 (9:20pm-10pm)
The entertainer Dudley Moore had been commissioned for a BBC series in which the Satirist Peter Cook and comedy actor Norman Rossington (the road manager character in the Beatles first film A Hard Days's Night) would be regular guests. By the time of production Cook had assumed equal star billing (hence the title).
Having been aquainted with both Cook and Moore as well as acting alongside Rossington, John was approached and invited to particiapte in the very first edition of the series using material from In His Own Write. On Friday November 20th 1964, John, together with Moore and Rossington, shot a film sequence to accompany a reading of  Deaf Ted, Danoota (And Me) on Wimbledon Common in London. Lennon's second contribution to the same show was filmed before an audience on Sunday 29th November 1964, John read About The Awful, then - together with Rossington - he recited Good Dog Nigel and The Wrestling Dog and finally, along with Dudley Moore, All Abord Speeching. As the credits rolled John made one last unexpected appearance by darting dementedly across the screen.


The Merv Griffin Show
Recorded: 25/May/1965
Transmitted by: CBS (USA) B&W? 01/Jun/1965 (11pm-12:30am EST)
A three minute interview given (seemingly with some reluctance) to reporter Martin Ogronsky which was filmed close to the sea-front in Cannes where John was visiting the town's annual film festival, Beatles film director Dick Lister was stood/sat next to John and also answered a few questions. The footage appears to be lost but an audio copy is in circulation....

Reporter "What are you calling the new [Beatles] movie?"
John "The new movie's called Help! [John then spells it out] H. E. L. P."
Reporter "H. *A.* L. P. ?"
John "H. *E.* L. P. We're using the old spelling."
Reporter "Is this [movie] another day in the life of the Beatles?"
John "No... it's many days in the life of many people."
Reporter then asks about the other Beatles....
John "They're somewhere in merry old England"
Reporter "Do they know you're away?"
John "I think they will have noticed."
Reporter "Would you do a poem for us?"
John "Er, no."


Tonight
Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: BBC1 B&W 18/Jun/1965 (7pm-7:35pm)
John appeared live on the last ever edition of Tonight to promote his 2nd book A Spaniard In The Works. He read extracts from We Must Not Forget The General Erection and The Wumberlog, Kenneth Allsopp also conducted a short interview. John later recalled that an off camera discussion with Allsopp had been the catalyst for one of his best loved compositions, Allsopp asked John why he didn't write about childhood in his songs as he did in his books, this directly led to Lennon attempting to do just that and In My Life was the result.

Allsopp "Mr Lennon, your first book is a bestseller and I shouldn't see any doubt this one is going to be too. Do you think that you'd be published were you not a Beatle?"
John "I could probably get published but, you know, I wouldn't sell as many. I mean, they publish a lot of rubbish anyway but I wouldn't sell."
Allsopp "Do you think you've got a built-in advantage in being a Beatle? I mean, are you glad about this or would you rather have found a reputation as a writer in your own right?"
John "No. I mean, I never thought of it. If I hadn't been a Beatle I just wouldn't have thought of having the stuff published 'cuz I would've been crawling around broke and just writing it and throwing it away. I might have been a Beat poet."


Not Only...But Also
Recorded: 27/Nov/1966
Transmitted by: BBC2 B&W 26/Dec/1966 (9pm-9:50pm)
John's second appearance on Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's comedy show was an acting role in a sketch in which Lennon played Dan - the doorman of a trendy nightclub "The Ad-Lav" situated in an underground men's lavatory!
John was filmed with Cook (cast as an American TV presenter) outside the entrance of the Gentlemen's public convenience on Broadwick Street in London* one quiet Sunday Morning in November. The interior footage was shot, without John, a few weeks later.

*close to the junction with Berwick Street in the Soho area.


Release
Recorded: 06/Jun/1968
Transmitted by: BBC2 Colour 22/Jun/1968 (10:05pm-10:45pm)
On Thursday 6th June 1968, John, alongside Victor Spinetti, was interviewed by Peter Lewis for the Saturday 22nd June edition of the BBC2 colour arts programme Release. John and Victor discussed the National theatre production The John Lennon Play : In His Own Write which Victor was directing.
You can read a transcript of the interview here.

During the previous two months John had turned his back on Maharishi's spiritual path in India to re-join the spiritual motorway that was LSD, he then declared himself "Jesus" at a meeting with the Beatles, consummated his love for Yoko Ono and recorded the most controversial song of his career so far - Revolution. Having oppressed his public opinions on religion and politics in the wake of the the "Bigger than Jesus" debacle for almost two years, John could no longer contain his more radical nature. On this programme he made a welcome return to outspoken controversy.......

"I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives, and I think that's what I sussed when I was sixteen and twelve, way down the line. But I expressed it differently all through my life. It's the same thing I'm expressing all the time, but now I can put it into that sentence that I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends, you know. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government etc., and the Russian, Chinese, what they are actually trying to do, you know, and what they think they're doing, I'd be very pleased to know what they think they're doing, I think they're all insane! But I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that, you know, that's what's insane about it. It's not just a bit strange, it's just insane. Nobody knows. All these people in the street and that, half the people watching this are going to be saying, "Oh What's he saying! What's he saying!" you know. [Looking directly into the camera] You are being run by people who are insane and you don't know it!"


How It Is
Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: BBC1 B&W 19/Jul/1969 (6:00-6:40pm)
This was the first programme in a new Friday tea-time magazine series "by the young for the young at heart", Yoko appeared on the very first edition on which there was also a feature on the Yellow Submarine film.


Frost On Saturday
Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: London Weekend Television B&W 24/Aug/1968
This live broadcast provided the Great British general public with their very first opportunity to experience the combined vibrations of John and Yoko. David Frost was an inaugural member of the brand new station London Weekend Television - this being the 4th edition of his series Frost On Saturday. Other guests on this programme were the singer Blossom Dearie and satirist Stan Freberg.
Click here for further details and a transcript
John had twice appeared as a guest on David Frost's old BBC show alongside George Harrison in 1967 to discuss meditation.


Drug Bust News Reports
Transmitted by: Various TV Stations Worldwide B&W & Colour 19/Oct/1968 & 28/Nov/1968
John and Yoko were raided by the Drugs Squad at their London flat on October 18th 1968, they were summoned to Marylebone Magistrate's court the following day and both their arrival and departure were captured on film. Their hearing was adjourned until the 28th November when John pleaded guilty to the charge of possession (in a deal to protect Yoko), once again film camera crews were outside waiting to capture footage for worldwide news bulletins.
 
 


Rood Wit Blauw
Recorded: 12/Dec/1968
Transmitted by:  Nederland 2 (Holland) B&W 15/Jan/1969 (9:25pm-10:05pm)
The Dutch sociologist/writer Abram De Swaan interviewed John and Yoko in a London Dentist's waiting room. Yoko appeared alone for the first half of the film as John was receiving treatment. Among the topics John discussed were the drugs bust, Revolution, reincarnation, Black power and money.
 
 


"Two Junkies" interview
Recorded: 14/Jan/1969
An interview recorded for CBC in Canada at Twickenham Film studio's in London (during a break in filming for what eventually became the Beatles Let it be movie). John had to temporarily leave the interview at one point as he felt sick.

On the Two Virgins album...
John: It's a record of our minds meeting, really. We'd met, sort of socially and got along and attracted to eachother and all that, but this was our first exploration - abstract mind wise. And we met, you know, and you can hear it on the record. It starts off, we put the tape on and this happens and that happens, and certain moments where we just have the same thought or the same vibration, like it happens with The Beatles too or any people recording, or any actors acting, there's a moment where they hit it. Very seldom they hit it all at once, there's usually somebody down or somebody up, and there's that story on the album.


Wedding/Bed-in/Bag-in Reports
Transmitted by: Various TV Stations Worldwide B&W Mar/1969
John and Yoko were married in Gibraltar on the 20th March 1969, their return to Le Bourget Airport in Paris & the resulting Press conference was captured on a colour newsreel. The next day John & Yoko began a 7 day bed-in protest for peace in an Amsterdam Hotel room where they invited the world's press to their bed-side, this resulted in numerous reports being shown on TV news bulletins across the globe throughout the week.
Once the Bed-in event was over on 31st March 1969, the Lennon's flew to Vienna where they were filmed arriving at the airport. Late that afternoon John & Yoko held a bag event which was a press conference conducted by the couple from inside a white bag, this was also filmed for TV newscasts.


The Lennon Portrait
Transmitted by: ORF (Austria) B&W 30/Mar/1969
The night before John & Yoko visited Vienna, Austrian TV station ORF screened this documentary produced by Hans Preiner. John & Yoko had first discussed a TV film project with ORF the previous November, this resulted in "Rape" which would be premiered on 31st March 1969 (the day John & Yoko visited Vienna) they also agreed to a documentary film and allowed ORF to film some exclusive footage for use alongside existing archive material, this included December 1968 footage of John and Yoko performing at the Rolling Stones "Rock and Roll Circus" and a sequence shot in Weybridge that became known as "Yoko and Me" (or Film no.6) See Filmography for details of these and "Rape"
 


Today
Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: Thames Television B&W 01/Apr/1969 (6:04pm-6:30pm)
On the day John and Yoko returned home from their peace campaigning honeymoon in Amsterdam and Vienna, they appeared live on the local London news magazine show Today from inside a white bag, the programme was hosted by Eamon Andrews (a former boxer later famed for presenting the long running series This Is Your Life), Andrews was tempted to join John and Yoko in a make shift studio bed with an "Eamon peace" sign hanging above the unlikely threesome. Nothing of the broadcast survives, although some photographs were taken in the studio (as illustrated). Two days later the Lennon's were guests on Andrews late night chat show........


The Eamon Andrews Show
Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: Thames Television B&W 03/Apr/1969 (11:00pm-11:45pm)
Broadcast live in front of a studio audience from the Cafe Royal on Regent Street London, John and Yoko were joined by the all round entertainer Rolf Harris, American comedian Jack Benny, violinist Yehudi Menuhin and the singer Gaynor Jones for a somewhat heated debate hosted by Eamon Andrews. No visual document of the event has survived but some audio has....

Eamonn "In fact, I believe that, I heard that, after your seven days in bed, you felt so tired that you wanted to come home to bed."
John "We talked to the press from ten in the morning till ten at night to try and get peace through their heads and so we didn't have much rest really."
Eamonn "Well, let me ask you, which you've been asked since you came back, what were you after? What was this all about? What were you trying to achieve by doing these extraordinary, bizarre things, you and Yoko?"
John "Well, everything we do is aimed at peace, you know. And we spent days trying to communicate through the communication media, press and TV , and to try and tell people, who are interested in protesting, to try and do something about it, instead of sitting at home talking about it.
Everyone can give up one week of their holiday, which is what we did.... It was an event, or it was a happening. It was just like a stage show."
Yoko "It was very good, because we got a very good response from people."
Eamonn "Well, let me ask the audience...Are there any of you here, and please don't feel afraid to put your hand up, who have thought more about peace because of any of the things that John and Yoko have done?"
Eamonn then asks a middle-aged man who has stood up in the front row of the audience
"Just tell me how this made you think about peace?"
Man "Well, I thought he was the biggest piece of rubbish that I've heard this year." (Laughter and applause from audience.) "If I can add to it, when reading the story of them both being in the bag, I did actually wonder as to whether they were refugees from the Lambeth bus man's strike."
John "Did you have a laugh?"
Man "Did I have a laugh? Er ...I think the example you set to some of the children, and youngsters, was nothing to laugh at."
John "What did you think was wrong in two people staying in bed?"
Man "The fact of you staying in bed was nothing wrong with that. In fact, if you stayed there longer, I think it would better for everybody."
John (agitated) "Okay, but don't get insulting."(Further laughter and applause from the audience drown out his answer.) "Look in the mirror before you get insulting. But, what offended you about what we did?"
Man "I'm sure I don't'mind looking in the mirror, because I see something better than looking at you!"
John "That's a matter of opinion."(Younger members of the audience start heckling the man, shouting 'Get off!')
 "That's a matter of personal taste now, but what offended you basically, can you really tell me what bugs you?"
Man "Well, not the one item alone, but your general attitude. Your general attitude to the youngsters in this country, by the way you lead them, or tend to lead them, and try to make out that you're not trying to do anything about it. One, you tell us you're trying to create peace in this world, and everybody should be happy and joking, and the next minute, you're telling us it's nothing."
Yoko "Well, have you done anything for peace?"
Man "Yes, I think I have."
Yoko "What have you done?"
Man "Well, during the last war. .."
John (interrupting) "No, now!"
Yoko "Now, now."
Man "During the last war, we spent our times trying to get peace. .."
John (interrupting) "Did you volunteer?"
Man "Did I volunteer? Yes, I did."
John (sarcastically) "Oh, well, congratulations. But, what are you doing now?" (Further laughter and applause from the studio audience.)
Another (younger) man shouts from the audience "John, I think you're beautiful!"
John "Thank you!"
Another man "What's beautiful about acorns?"
John "The acorn is a symbol of growth and, if you plant it, the tree will grow. But, if you bomb it, it won't."
Man "No, I think you're a bit of nutter!"
John "Can't you see anything beautiful in acorns? Do you like trees?"
Man "Everyone likes trees."
John "Well, what do you think they come from - Jam jars?"
(Laughter and applause again comes from the audience.)

Derek Taylor referred to this appearance in his book "As Time Goes By"...
"......There were people on the show and at the show who wondered what the hell John and Yoko thought they were doing in bed and who the hell they thought they were to do it and why the hell should any normal person put up with it and when would it stop and where it would lead us and how would it bring peace to the world........Jack Benny was on the show with John and Yoko and there was one very fine dramatic moment when he stood up and said, 'I wouldn't get involved in this row for a million dollars', all of this with that famous clasping of his hands which, in their splendid theatricality, almost, but only almost and not really, obscured Benny's real commitment which ran right down the line faithfully from Bob Hope, hopeless in his emigrant-patriot paranoia, solid with the forces of Light Freedom and Truth against the Red Hordes, wheeling in from the East in Chariots of flaming shit. Still, Jack Benny is Jack Benny. John said he didn't worry about Communism, later told a friend he would have said, better red than dead, but he had to think of the Beatles image! Communists, yet ?
Yehudi Menuhin who is also there, pointed out that there were certain circumstances in which it was necessary to kill. John wondered what these circumstances might be. He wondered to himself if Yehudi Menuhin would be prepared to be killed right then and there if, as a result, world peace could be reached. He asked Yehudi if Jesus had said anything about certain circumstances when it was necessary to kill. Yehudi says that is not the point. John says 'What did Jesus say? Did he say anything about killing?' Yehudi coughs and says, 'No, Jesus didn't but he didn't say anything about staying in bed at the Hilton in Amsterdam.' It is then John's cue to say that nowhere in the New Testament (nor, for that matter, in the Old) is there anything about violins, but he doesn't say this because already the audience are applauding Yehudi Menuhin, the violinist, for his wit. It was a dumb daft nothing-solved evening on the Eamonn Andrews Show and it was not helped by the presence of a Rolf Harris who didn't want no boats rocked either."


How Late It Is
Recorded: 02/May/1969
Transmitted by: BBC1 02/May/1969 B&W (10:55pm-11:35pm)
John and Yoko were at the BBC's Lime Grove television facility in West London on Friday 2nd May to discuss with Michael Wale their new film Rape for show 7 of this BBC arts/sketch series. Only an audio recording now exists...

Yoko "This is a film about life. And so, you can just take ten minutes or twenty minutes, any time out of it and it works. But, it's about, especially about contemporary life, where people are constantly exposing each other and prying into each other's life and causing tension from that.
John "Yoko had what she calls a script, which is "Let's make a film about ...." you know, like that. And we were in hospital and I was having my miscarriage and we did it from the hospital. And we got the cameraman Nick and said, 'Now you go out and chase somebody about, Nick'. So he went and he did about half a dozen test runs on different people, in Hyde Park, there's some good stuff, he never went on long enough because he was a kind guy, he didn't want to intrude, you know, but the idea was to intrude. And the whole bit is try not react to the camera, but after that half an hour, 'I think you have to give an explanation, old man'. But none of that went far enough, you know. So he went out, and I don't know how many days he went out, maybe about a week or two and he finally came up with the girl.


The Way It Is - "A Bedtime Story"
Recorded: 26/May/1969 - 02/Jun/1969
Transmitted by: CBC (Canada) B&W 08/Jun/1969 (10pm-11pm)
A Canadian Television documentary looking back at the week long Bed-in event in Montreal. Footage included the notorious meeting with Al Capp as well as bed-side chats with, amongst others, Dick Gregory, Jacques Larue-Langlois, Patrick Watson and Tommy Smothers.
For further details of this 2nd bed-in see the Filmography.


John & Yoko Lennon Have A Message For The World...
Recorded: 29/May/1969
Transmitted by: WNEW-TV (USA) 06/Jun/1969 (11pm-11:30pm)
Ted Kavanau interviewed John & Yoko on Day 3 of the Montreal bed-in.


The David Frost Show
Recorded: 14/Jun/1969
Transmitted by: Channel unknown (USA) Colour 10/Jul/1969 (8:30pm-10pm EST)
Although this interview was conducted before a studio audience in London, it was principally recorded for American viewers. David Frost now had a weekly show on the other side of the Atlantic where this taped sequence was shown (almost a month later) together with live guests in the American studio, these were:- John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara and Julie London (all actors). John began by giving Frost “A box of smile“, a small box which contained nothing but a mirror at the bottom. Get it? The audience appreciated it, as did Frost, although he was clearly perplexed by John and Yoko’s new concept of 'Bagism'...

Frost : There’s that sweet card you sent the other day that I need an explanation for....
John : Do you really need all these explanations? (To audience) I thought  he was clever!
Frost : ...No, no, no. The message I had from John & Yoko the other day, when we were planning the programme, was a message with a nice picture that said "Love + Peace = Bagism". I need to know more John.
John : What’s Bagism? It’s like...a tag for what we all do, we’re all in a bag, you know, and we realised that we came from two bags - I was in this pop bag going round and round in my little clique and she was in her little avant-garde clique going round and round and you’re in your little tele clique and they’re in their...you know? And we all sort of come out and look at each other every now and then, but we don’t communicate. We all intellectualize about how there is no barrier between art, music, poetry... but we’re still all - 'I’m a rock and roller', 'He’s a poet'... So we just came up with the word so you would ask us what bagism is - And we’d say WE’RE ALL IN A BAG BABY!
Frost: Well now - you’ve got in a bag, you’ve got in a sack....
John : Well, we got out of one bag and into the next, you just keep moving from bag to bag.
Frost : You’ve got a bag there with you, what do you do with it?
John : Well sometimes we get in it and sometimes other people get in it
Yoko : You know, this life is speeded up so much and the whole world is getting tenser and tenser because things are just going so fast, you know, so it’s so nice to slow down the rhythm of the whole world, just to make it peaceful. So like the bag, when you get in, you see that it’s very peaceful and your movements are sort of limited. You can walk around on the street in a bag.
Frost : Can you?
John : If people did interviews for jobs in a bag they wouldn’t get turned away because they were black or green or long hair, you know, it’s total communication...
Frost : ...They'd get turned away because they were in a bag. (Audience laughter)
John : Well no, if that was specified that when you interviewed the people that you wanted to employ - and you had this prejudice - and the people had to wear a bag, then you'd only judge them on what they communicated to you and you wouldn't have to think 'Oh, he's wearing black suede is he, don't like it'....
Frost : ...'He's wearing windsor bags!'
John : We did a press conference in Vienna and they're pretty square over there...
Frost : ..And they all got in the bags?
John : ...No, we were in the bag that time and all the press came in, sort of expecting Beatle John and his famous wife, and we were in the bag singing and humming and all they were asking was "What are you wearing?" (Audience and Frost laughter) and they're all sort of holding mics to this bag and asking it how it felt and was it glad to be here and were you really John Lennon and Yoko.
Frost : Does it have to be a bag big enough so that they can't see you at all? Or only can't see your shoes....
John : Oh well it depends, for convenience you can have slim bags and fatty loose bags, you know....
Frost : ..And tell me, how has this thing gone with the sleep-ins you’ve been having. Those are what? To draw attention....
John : We’re trying to sell peace, like a product, you know, and sell it like people sell soap or soft drinks, you know, the only way to get people aware that peace is possible and - It isn’t just inevitable to have violence, not just war, all forms of violence. People just accept it and think ‘Oh, they did it', or 'Harold Wilson (British prime minister at the time) did it' or 'Nixon (US President) did it', they’re always scapegoating people. It isn’t Nixon’s fault, we’re all responsible for everything that goes on, you know, we’re all responsible for Biafra and Hitler and everything...... So we’re just saying 'SELL PEACE'. Anybody interested in peace - just stick it in the window, it’s simple but it lets somebody else know that you want peace too, because you feel alone if you’re the only one thinking ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if there was peace and nobody was getting killed'. So advertise yourself that you’re for peace if you believe in it.


ITN News
Recorded: 15/Sep/1969
Transmitted by: ITV B&W 16/Sep/1969
John & Yoko returned from their second 1969 trip to Canada (where they had performed at the Rock 'N' Roll Revival festival in Toronto) and granted an interview to ITN on the day they arrived home, Yoko also gave a demonstration of her unique vocal style.

Reporter: Can we now expect some kind of solo John Lennon act?
John: I don't think I'd perform solo at all, you know. If I feel like performing, I'll perform. I mean, would you call Give Peace a Chance a solo performance? Maybe it is. I just play it by ear. If I feel like doing it, I do it.


BBC News
Recorded: 25/Nov/1969
Transmitted by: BBC1 B&W 25/Nov/1969
"BEATLE JOHN LENNON TELLS WHY HE GAVE BACK HIS MBE"
John had returned his MBE medal which had been presented to him and his fellow Beatles by Queen Elizabeth II four years earlier. He did so in protest against Britain's support for federal Nigeria in the Civil war and Britain's support for the US in Vietnam.

John, wearing his hair in a ponytail, explained his action to the news cameras:- "...As a protest against violence and war, especially Britain's involvement in Biafra, which most of the British public are not aware of .....'cause all the press, TV and radio's  slant all the news from Biafra. All the stuff I learnt on Biafra from journalists off the cuff, folks, is a different story and I began to be ashamed of being British - and I'm a patriotic nationalist if the truth were out, and Yoko can vouch for that. I'm always fighting about what Britain invented - Radar and what, all the different things we've done. But every day I just began to worry a bit more about it and I was gonna send the MBE back anyway. I could have done it privately, but the press would have found out anyway - you would have been here a week later instead..."


The Question Why
Recorded: Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: BBC1 Colour  07/Dec/1969 (6:15pm-6:50pm)
The Question Why was a part of BBC television's Sunday tea-time "God slot", a theological debate show chaired by Malcolm Muggeridge. This particular live broadcast concerned itself with the subject of "Evil". Sitting alongside John and Yoko at the BBC's London Lime Grove studio's were; Henry Cecil, Gerald Cohen, David Cooper, General Sir John Hackett, the Rev Christopher Neil Smith, Paul Zeal, and Canon Edward Carpenter. Sadly, nothing of the broadcast is known to have survived.


24 Hours (The World Of John And Yoko)
Recorded: 02-06/Dec/1969
Transmitted by: BBC 1 Colour 15/Dec/1969 (10:30pm-11:05pm)
Details and transcripts from parts of this documentary are available here
 
 
 


Man Of The Decade
Recorded: 02/Dec/1969
Transmitted by: ATV Colour 30/Dec/1969 (10:30pm-11:30pm)
Details and a full transcript of this broadcast are available here
 
 
 


TeleViezer Magazine
Recorded: 15/Dec/1969
Transmitted by: AVRO (Holland) b&w 29/Dec/1969
A three minute sequence for Dutch TV in which John and Yoko discuss their "War is Over!" billboard campaign with Jaap Van Meekeren. Michael X is also seen sitting at the end of the table.
 
 
 


Peace Festival Press Conference / Ronnie Hawkins' Farm interviews / CBC Weekday
Recorded: 17&18/Dec/1969
Transmitted by: CBC (Canada) b&w 17&18/Dec/1969
On 16th December 1969 John and Yoko arrived in Canada, their third visit that year, and on the 17th they announced plans for a three day peace festival to be held in Toronto the following summer (sadly this never came to fruition). Also on the 17th they appeared on a programme called "The National" although this appears to have been filmed during the press conference. John and Yoko were also interviewed at Ronnie Hawkins' Farm in Mississauga (where he and Yoko were staying) on the 18th and some footage probably turned up on at least one Canadian/American news bulletin. An interview given to Nick Steed and Ken Cavanaugh for screening on CBC Weekday was broadcast that night.


Discussion with Marshall McLuhan & CBS interview
Recorded: 20/Dec/1969
Transmitted by: CBS (USA) ???? ??/???/19??
A TV discussion/interview intended for broadcast in the USA was recorded during the December 1969 visit to Canada. CBS Television travelled north of the border on the 20th to film a 45 minute discussion at the University of Toronto involving John, Yoko and Marshall McLuhan (author of the best seller "The Medium is the Message"). John & Yoko also took part in an interview for CBS without McLuhan, but it is not clear if, when or in what context these were shown.


CBC Weekend
Recorded: Broadcast Live
Transmitted by: CBC (Canada) B&W 20/Dec/1969 (10:15pm-11:15pm)
John & Yoko's 2nd TV engagement on the Saturday of their Canadian visit was for the state channel's late night news and current affairs show CBC Weekend. Anchorman Lloyd Robertson interviewed John & Yoko in a Toronto studio together with Rabbi Abraham Feinberg (who had appeared on The Bed-in film and sung along on the recording of Give Peace A Chance).
Another interview, probably for the purpose of a news report, was given to CBC in Montreal on the 22nd.
On the 23rd, John & Yoko were invited to a private meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa and although the actual discussion took place behind closed doors, they did pose together for the press and TV news crews before/afterwards.
A 28 minute documentary of the December visit to Canada was also broadcast at some point entitled "A Visit For Peace".


Danish Television News
Recorded: 05/Jan/1970
Transmitted by: (Danish TV) B&W 05/Jan/1970
On 29th December 1969 the Lennon's flew to Denmark to stay with Yoko's ex-husband Tony Cox (and his new wife Melinda) in the small village of Aalborg to spend New Year with Yoko's daughter Kyoko. Whilst there they gave two or three press conferences, one of which was filmed and transmitted as a 3 minute sequence by Danish Television news.
"I support humanity, I don't belong to any left wing, right wing, middle wing, Black Panthers, White Christians, Protestants, Catholics, or nothing. People have said we're naive for trying to sell peace like a bar of soap. But I want to ask you, is Mr. Ford naive? Or is the soap powder factory naive? They're selling the same old soap that's been around for two thousand years, but suddenly it's new blue soap. So we're selling new blue peace and we hope some of you buy it. The war is here now and there's two ways of looking at it. Some people say, Why did you spend your money on posters or peace campaigns? Why didn'y you give it to the Biafran children, or something like that? And we say, We're trying to prevent cancer, not cure it."
Two weeks later, whilst still in Denmark, John and Yoko both had their long hair cropped very short.


French Television News
Recorded: 26/Jan/1970
Transmitted by: Various stations Colour 26/Jan/1970
"THE NEW LOOK LENNON'S DISCUSS THEIR LATEST HAIRCUTS."
On their return home from Denmark, the Lennon's had to make a detour to France. Whilst there they were interviewed by a news team in a Paris Hotel.....

Newsman: "Mr Lennon, why did you decide to cut your hair?"
John: "Because I felt like it, you know."
Newsman: "So there was no special reason?"
John: "No, I mean why do you cut yours?"
Newsman: "I suppose as a leader of a sort...of a peace movement..do you have any special plans on the future?"
John: "I'm not a leader, and I try not to make plans, you know, we have no new plans."
Yoko: "We just like to come across with the message of peace and love."
John: "Peace, peace"
Newsman: "You're going back to London now I suppose?"
John: "Yes. We only came because the fog wouldn't let us in London. We were on our way to London. We just got held up. But we enjoyed it."
Newsman: "When are you going to London?"
John: "Now."
Newsman: "And what will you do when you get there?"
John: "Go home."
Newsman: "I understand the Beatles have just recorded a new record..."
John: "A new Single...Let it be, folks."
Newsman: "What it the record about?"
John: "About Letting it be."
Newsman: "Can you explain that?"
John: "You'll hear it."
Newsman: "You must listen to it?"
John: "Listen, Listen.....Je me leve a sept heures."


The 'Black Centre' Report
Recorded: 04/Feb/1970
Transmitted by: ITV 04/Feb/1970 (after 10pm)
In a ceremony with Michael 'X' conducted on the roof of the Black Centre in North London (Lower Holloway), John & Yoko swapped a bag full of their recently shorn hair for a pair of Muhammad Ali's blood stained boxing shorts, both parties expressed their intention to auction the items in order to raise money for their respective causes. Michael 'X', who's white mother had named him Michael DeFreitas, was the founder of the British Black power movement in the UK - Brought up as a Roman Catholic, he changed his name to Michael Abdul Malik when he converted to Islam. A colour newsreel of the ceremony was filmed, as was a short indoor interview with John and Yoko in which they talked about their new look.


The Simon Dee Show
Recorded: 07/Feb/1970
Transmitted by: London Weekend Television Colour  08/Feb/1970 (11:25pm-12:15am)
A guest appearance on the 4th edition of Dee's new Sunday night talk-show series for London Weekend Television (Dee had previously worked for the BBC). John and Yoko also brought along Michael 'X' for the ride, but sadly this TV appearance almost certainly no longer exists in visual form (the image [left] is just a photograph snapped during the interview). The James Bond actor George Lazenby was Dee's opening guest and it was alleged that he had been high on LSD during his interview which he turned into a discussion about the questions surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy a little over 6 years earlier, Dee's employer's were said to have been furious at what had been broadcast (it was not live) and the incident is chiefly blamed for Dee's swift demise after the series ended in the summer. Having already burned his bridges with the BBC, Dee had nowhere else to go and one of Britain's most popular TV personalities of the late 1960's was never to be seen on TV again. Topics discussed during the Lennon's 13:30 minutes interview were the Hanratty case, the confiscated lithographs, the Two Virgins album cover, 'The Black House' and Enoch Powell.


Top Of The Pops
Recorded: 11/Feb/1970
Transmitted by: BBC1 Colour 12/Feb/1970 [Version One] & 19/Feb/1970 [Version Two] (7:15pm-8pm)
The first solo Beatle to perform on the long running British TV institution Top Of The Pops was John with a Plastic Ono Band comprising of Klaus Voorman (bass), Alan White (drums), the Irish journalist B.P. Fallon (Tambourine in version 1, doubling up on bass on version 2) and a blind-folded Yoko Ono (holding card instructions on version 1, knitting on version 2). For both versions (recorded for two separate shows) John sang a new vocal on top of the original recording. Beatles Roadie Mal Evans also joined the line-up for version 2 playing the tambourine. Version 1 was actually take four whilst version 2 was take three.


24 Hours
Recorded: ??/???/1970
Transmitted by: BBC1 Colour 17/Dec/1970 (10:35pm-11:20pm)
In the spring of 1970 John and Yoko began a course of Primal Therapy with Dr Arthur Janov who had published a book on the subject a year earlier. With the therapy inspiring much of the material included on Lennon's first proper studio album, there was an increasing interest in Janov and his new methods for treating neurosis. The BBC filmed an interview with Janov and also at least one patient undergoing a 'primal'. Footage of John and Yoko was probably included although it is unlikely that they were specifically filmed for this documentary which went out under the "24 hours" banner. Only a small part of the programme appears to have survived.
Note: Arthur Janov was later interviewed again by the BBC talking about his book "The feeling child" for an edition of "Read All About It" broadcast on 16/Jan/1977.


Cannes Reports
Transmitted by: Various TV Stations B&W/colour May & Jun 1971
John and Yoko attended the Cannes Film Festival in May 1971 and gave interviews to various TV stations including ORTF in France, NRK in Norway and ORF in Austria.


Kyoko Custody Battle Report
Transmitted by: ABC (USA) colour 01/Jun/1971
A TV news crew captured John & Yoko's arrival at JFK International Airport in New York City. John told reporters that they had come to search for Yoko's daughter (Who was with her father, Tony Cox) and also answered questions regarding Apple and The Beatles. ABC screened a 6 minute report.


Parkinson
Recorded: 17/Jul/1971
Transmitted by: BBC1 Colour 17/Jul/1971 (10:30pm-11:15pm)
The Lennon's were guests on the fifth edition of the new late-night Saturday BBC1 chat show Parkinson hosted by Michael Parkinson who agreed that if he mentioned "The Beatles", he would have to conduct the rest of the interview inside a black bag! John and Yoko took to the stage to the accompaniment of 'Help!' as performed by the resident studio house band - the Harry Stoneham Five - who later in the show backed Marion Montgomery performing a version of John's composition 'Love'.
Yoko read extracts from her book Grapefruit which Parkinson admitted to finding "incomprehensible!"....

Parkinson: "You've made a film about a fly crawling up a woman's body, you've made your famous Bottoms film and there's also been a film made of your penis, isn't there John?"
John: "That was a joke really." (Roars of laughter from the studio audience.) "I made a film called Self Portrait, you know, and at that time I was a bit of a prick!" (More laughter and this time applause).......
John: "The British press actually called her [Yoko] ugly. I've never seen that about any woman or man, even if the person is ugly. You don't normally say that in the papers. She's not ugly, and if she were you wouldn't be so mean! They even say attractive about the most awful looking people to be kind..."
Parkinson: "Recently, another reason for people taking a dislike to you, is because you're known again through the newspapers, as the woman who broke up The Beatles."
John (interrupting) : "But that's not true! listen, I tell ya, people on the streets and kids do not dislike us...It's the media; I'm telling ya. We go on the streets and the lorry drivers wave. 'Hello John, hello Yoko', all that jazz, and I judge it by that. My records still sell well. Her records sell all right."
Parkinson: "Did Yoko's presence put tension on the group?"
John: "The tension was already there you see....after Brian died."
With the mention of Beatles, John tells Michael he must now get inside the bag. After a round of applause - he does so, the interview continues with questions being asked by a large black bag.


Dick Cavett Show
Recorded: 08/Sep/1971
Transmitted by: ABC (USA) Colour 12/Sep/1971 & 19/Sep/1971
Eight days after leaving England for the final time, John and Yoko guested on this popular American chat show recorded in New York. John & Yoko film clips peppered the interview (Imagine, Mrs Lennon, Erection and Fly) prompting critics to attack the Lennon's for using airtime to plug their latest ventures - A little unfair, this was the Mecca of Capitalism after all!
As far as the viewing public were concerned, the major topic of interest centred around the break-up of the Beatles as this was the first time Lennon had been interviewed in the USA on American Television since the launch of Apple in May 1968.
After the recording of the programme was finished, John and Yoko decided they wanted to carry on talking and this extra sequence (including questions taken from the studio audience) was broadcast the following week.


John And Yoko In Syracuse, New York
Recorded: 09/Oct/1971
Transmitted by: Channel unknown (USA) Colour 11/May/1972
As well as a film being made there was also a TV special on Yoko's art exhibition "This Is Not Here".
See the Filmography for further details.


Free Time
Recorded: 14/Oct/1971 (Possibly Live)
Transmitted by: WNET (USA) Colour 14/Oct/1971
One of the most intriguing television appearance by the Lennon's, this TV special was shot in front of a studio audience and was presumably designed to promote Yoko's Syracuse exhibition which opened five days before the broadcast. Alternative film-maker Jonas Mekas was present throughout to help the Lennon's run through a series of exhibits. Clips from Yoko's films "Bottoms", "Up Your Legs" and "Fly" were also included as well as captions of instruction pieces from her book "Grapefruit".
The programme opened with Yoko massaging a body curled up on the floor inside black bag, from which John eventually emerged. Jonas Mekas then encouraged audience members to "Hammer a nail in", a now blind-folded Yoko introduced "Draw a circle" and next John introduced "Fly" for which a step-ladder was set up for willing participants to take turns to climb and then 'fly' off from the top, one of whom fell off in a dramatic moment when the apparatus collapsed! "Sweep piece" was performed by a couple of stage hands throughout the entire show, they slowly swept the floor with brooms. "Question piece" saw the audience fire questions to John, Yoko and Mekas, only to have a question returned. Mekas then interviewed Yoko about her art and thoughts about 'total communication', John was sitting on a chair timing this conversation with a stop-watch, cutting lengths of string according to how long each question and answer lasted. Mekas finally ended the sequence "I do not have any more questions", Yoko replied "You don't have any more questions? May I ask you a question?" and she then lay on the floor and went into a primal scream, which John timed at "120". Yoko collected all of the pieces of string that John had cut and put them into a glass jar whilst remembering the conversation as she picked them out, she became quite upset about one of the questions and sobbed like a young child. For "Promise piece" Yoko broke a vase with a hammer and asked the audience come to the stage and pick up each segment, promising that they would all return in 10 years times and put the vase back together. The final piece was "Wrapping event" for which John asked a few members of the audience to come to the stage to help John and Mekas wrap Yoko with gauze. Underneath, Yoko was breathing into a microphone before John and Mekas eventually carried her off the stage whispering the credits.


Pop 2
Recorded: ??/Dec/1971
Transmitted by: ORTF (France) Colour 08/Jan/1972 & 22/Jan/1972
Jean Francois Vallee visited John and Yoko at their Bank Street apartment in Greenwich village to record this interview which was shown in two parts on French TV the following month, Yippie radical Jerry Rubin was also there to join in with the discussion which is largely buried beneath a French translation, but John had a guitar to hand and, together with Yoko, they ran through an early version of Bring On The Lucie (not recorded until 1973) and an acoustic version of Yoko's 1970 b-side Why? (with John and Rubin adding vocal contributions towards the end). Part One is 14:30 minutes colour, Part Two is 11:30 and only survives in black & white.
 


John Sinclair Freedom Rally
Recorded: 10/Dec/1971
Transmitted by: WTVS (USA) Colour Possibly broadcast live
This concert was in aid of the White Panther founder and MC5 rock band manager John Sinclair who had been jailed for ten years in July 1969 for the possession of two marijuana joints. Organised by Jerry Rubin, the line-up for the show included Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Phil Ochs, Commander Cody, poet Allen Ginsburg, Chicago Eight members David Dellinger, Renne Davis and Bobby Seale and, in his first live US performance since 1966, John Lennon with Yoko Ono.
John and Yoko's appearance was brief, performing acoustic renditions of Attica State, The Luck Of The Irish, Sisters O Sisters and John Sinclair (they were backed by Jerry Rubin, David Peel and the Lower East Side, all four numbers were yet to be released). The event was televised locally by Detroit television station WTVS. Sinclair was released from prison 3 days later.


John Franklin Show
Recorded: 14/Dec/1971
Transmitted by: ?????
Yoko apparently appeared on this TV show alone.


The David Frost Show
Recorded: 16/Dec/1971
Transmitted by: ABC (USA) Colour 13/Jan/1972
Recorded in New York, John & Yoko appeared backing David Peel singing The Ballad of New York before Peel's group 'The Lower East side' backed Lennon running through Attica State, Luck Of The Irish (a shorter version), Sisters O Sisters (a Yoko number) and John Sinclair. Yoko was also interviewed by Frost on her own and there was a film shown of John and Yoko meeting a native American Indian Chief after they had become involved in a campaign to prevent the building of a freeway through his tribe's reservation.
 


The Mike Douglas Show
Recorded: 31/Jan-07/Feb/1972
Transmitted by: WBC (USA) Colour 14-18/Feb/1972
For one week during the middle of February 1972, John & Yoko could be seen on TV every week-day between 4:30pm and 6pm co-hosting the Mike Douglas show. The programmes had been recorded two weeks prior at the WBC (Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation) studios.

Show 1 - Recorded Monday January 31st
John & Yoko with the Elephants Memory perform It's so hard and guests include Comedian Louis Nye, Attorney Ralph Nader and the Chamber Brothers. Yoko begins the reconstruction of a broken cup.
Show 2 - Recorded Tuesday February 1st
A performance of Yoko's Midsummer New York, the guests are US Surgeon Dr. Jesse Steinfield, Yippie Jerry Rubin, actress Barbara Loden and folk duo Yellow Pearl.
Show 3 - Recorded Wednesday February 2nd
A John & Yoko performance of  Sisters O Sisters with John on acoustic guitar.  John, Yoko, Chuck Berry and Elephant's Memory perform Memphis and later, Johnny B. Goode. The Lennons, Berry and Douglas take part in a cookery demonstration by the macrobiotic food expert Hilary Redleaf. Other guests include Joseph Blatchford, the head of Action Corps For Peace and David Rosenbloom, the musician, composer and computer scientist.
Show 4 -  Recorded Friday February 4th
John and Elephant's Memory perform Imagine.  Guests on the show include the actress/singer Vivien Reed, the comedy foursome Ace Trucking Co., Black Panther Party president Bobby Seale, the student body President Marsha Martin and a medical student Donald Williams.
Show 5 -  Recorded Monday February 7th
Yoko concludes her china cup reconstruction. John & Yoko take questions from the studio audience in a segment called "Everything you've always wanted to know". John & Yoko perform an acoustic (self censored) version of Luck Of The Irish. Guests include the comedian George Carlin, biofeedback expert Dr. Gary E. Schwartz and the New York appeals attorney Rena Uviller. The show ends with Yoko performing a Japanese folk song and then Mike Douglas sings 'Thanks To John & Yoko ' for being his co-hosts for the week.


Aquarius
Recorded: Dec/1971
Transmitted by: London Weekend Television Colour 11/Mar/1972 (10:10pm-11:08pm)
The subject of this special edition of the British TV series was "The pursuit of happiness in Modern-day America". Just over 3 minutes of John and Yoko footage was used which had originallly been recorded by French TV for Pop 2, including a brief rendition of Attica State.
John: "Our job now is to tell them there is still hope and we still have things to do and we must get out now and change their heads and tell them it's OK. We can change! It isn't over just because flower power didn't work. It's only the beginning. We're just in the inception of revolution."


Vogelkäfig 73'20.958" Für Einen Komponisten (Birdcage 73'20.958" For A Composer)
Recorded: ?17?/Apr/1972
Transmitted: German TV Colour 23/Oct/1972
This was a German TV documentary on the avant-garde composer John Cage which included a sequence of Cage chatting with John and Yoko in his New York City apartment. They discuss different ways of singing but the footage is interspersed with unrelated bits of film shot around the city.
 
 


Eyewitness News
Recorded: 18&22/Apr/1972
Transmitted by: ABC (USA) Colour 18&22/Apr/1972
The American government deportation proceedings against John were brought to an Immigration and Naturalization service hearing in New York on 18th April 1972. Following the brief trial, John and Yoko were interviewed by Geraldo Rivera.
The same programme also covered the National Peace Coalition Rally which John and Yoko attended 4 days later. Following a march through Times Square to Duffy Square, John and Yoko addressed the crowd and led them through a rendition of Give Peace A Chance backed by an unknown group of musicians.


The Dick Cavett Show
Recorded: 05/May/1972
Transmitted by: ABC (USA) Colour 11/May/1972
John & Yoko's final appearance on Dick Cavett's show which was, by this time, facing the axe, but this particular transmission received a good audience/press response - perhaps largely due to the controversy surrounding the live performance of Woman Is The Nigger Of The World which Cavett had insisted be shown despite the networks attempts to have it cut, as a compromise he inserted a warning/explanation before the recording was shown. Yoko's We're All Water was also performed backed by Elephant's memory. The interview touched upon the problems the Lennon's were having with their custody battle for Kyoko and Yoko's campaign to raise money for a children's hospital in Vietnam.



Kup's Show
Recorded: 10/May/1972
Transmitted: 13/May/1972
John and Yoko gave an  interview to Irv Kupcinet in Chicago, talking about the Kyoko custody case, John's battle to stay in the USA and why he thinks they want to deport him, the controversy over the song Woman is the Nigger of the World, explaining the Two Virgins cover and the bed-in and bag events.


NBC Interview
Recorded: 18/May/1972
Transmitted by: NBC (USA) Colour ?18?/May/1972
John and Yoko gave a 22 minute interview to Pat Collins.



Underground News
Recorded: 26/Jul/1972
Transmitted by: WSNS (USA) Colour Jul/1972
An interview conducted at Record Plant East in New York City by Chuck Collins for a Chicago station. The surviving raw unedited tape runs for 47 minutes.


Eyewitness News
Recorded: 05/Aug/1972
Transmitted by: ABC (USA) Colour 12/Aug/1972
Geraldo Rivera interviewed John and Yoko in San Francisco for a special edition of Eyewitness News on their continued quest to find and gain custody of Yoko's daughter Kyoko. They were filmed in a car, on a tram, braving the winds on Golden Gate bridge and in the Hotel Miyako where they performed a medley of mostly Rock and Roll oldies accompanied by John's electric guitar.
 


Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon
Broadcast Live
Transmitted: as a broadcast syndication (USA) Colour 04/Sep/1972
A 20 hour annual charity event to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, starting at 7:30pm on Sunday 3rd September 1972. John, Yoko & Elephants Memory appeared towards the end of the show and performed Imagine, Yoko's Now Or Never and a reggae version of Give Peace A Chance.
 
 



1973 - 2010
01/Apr/1973 News item (USA) - Press conference announcing birth of conceptual nation-Nutopia.
12/May/1973 Flipside (USA) - Promoting Yoko's "AIU" album, broadcast 30th June
06/Apr/1973 Weekend World (London Weekend) - 10 minute interview, broadcast on the 8th.
24/Oct/1973 Mind Games TV Ad & Promo - John filmed with Transvestite Queen.
01/Nov/1973 Eyewitness News (USA) - Elliot Mintz interviews John on a beach.
08/Nov/1973 Mike Douglas Show (USA) - Yoko performs "Angry Young Woman".
28/Apr/1974 WABCTV Report (USA) - Walkathon from Central Park,John appears with Harry Nilsson.
??/Sep/1974 Walls & Bridges TV Ad - John and Ringo do the voiceover.
15/Nov/1974 Top of the Pops (BBC1) - date of filming for eventual use as #9 Dream in 1975
09/Dec/1974 Monday Night Football (ABC USA) - John in crowd has brief chat with host.
17/Dec/1974 Today (NBC USA) - An interview for NBC's breakfast show.
01/Mar/1975 Grammy Awards (USA) - John was a guest award presenter, Yoko was in audience.
17/Mar/1975 The Old Grey Whistle Test (BBC2) - interview recorded (two songs taped 8th April).
04/Apr/1975 Un Jour Future (France) - Interview. Section discussing 'Sex' never shown.
08/Apr/1975 The Tomorrow Show (USA) - John's last proper TV interview (tx'd 29th April)
18/Apr/1975 Salute to Lew Grade (ATV) - John's last musical TV performance(shown June 1975)
27/Jul/1976 News item (USA) - John finally gets Green card to remain in the United States.
24/Sep/1976 Ugly George (Manhattan Cable) - Roving reporter finds Lennons in restaurant.
??/Apr/1977 ABC News (USA) - John, Yoko and Mick Jagger at the Madison Square Gardens Circus.
04/Oct/1977 ??????? (Japan)- Holiday Press conference possibly filmed.
26/Nov/1980 20/20 (ABC USA) - John and Yoko in Central Park. John's last TV appearance.
08/Dec/1980 Monday Night Football (ABC USA) - Presenter announces news of John's death.
??/???/1984 Yoko Ono: Then And Now (USA) - Rockumentary including rare unseen footage.
02/Dec/1985 John & Yoko - A love story (USA) - Sickly 'Docudrama' starring Mark McGann.
06/Dec/1985 A Journey in the life (BBC1) - 64 minute dramatization, Bernard Hill plays John.
06/Dec/1985 Yoko Ono: A life after John (BBC1) - 15 minute interview.
30/Nov/1986 The South Bank Show(London Weekend Television)- Christopher Bruce's Lennon ballet.
15/Sep/1988 Aspel & Company (London Weekend Television) - Yoko is a guest, broadcast on 17th.
09/Dec/1988 Lennon/Goldman The Making of a Bestseller (Channel Four)- Goldman & his methods.
05/May/1990 John Lennon Scholarship Concert(ITV/C4) - Held in Liverpool,Yoko&Sean help compere.
08/Dec/1990 A Tribute To John Lennon (USA) - Highlights of above concert + new tributes.
06/Jan/1998 The O Zone (BBC2) - Yoko interview + archive footage.
16/Feb/1998 Face to Face (BBC2) - 40 min intense interview with Yoko by Jeremy Isaacs.
05/Dec/1999 The South Bank Show (London Weekend Television)- Melvyn Bragg interviews Yoko.
30/Sep/2000 The Real John Lennon (Channel Four) - Very good documentary for pre-Yoko period.
03/Dec/2000 In His Life - The John Lennon Story (NBC USA) - Dramatisation of teens-1964.
07/Jan/2001 The Real Yoko Ono (Channel Four) - Shown earlier in some other countries.
02/Oct/2001 Come Together (USA) - New York Tribute concert, just 3 weeks after "9/11".
19/Nov/2002 Great Britons(BBC2) - Alan Davies presents Lennon's case for greatest Briton.
28/Mar/2003 Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1) - Yoko is guest for 17 minute interview.
20/Sep/2003 Arena "imagine IMAGINE" (BBC2) - thoughts & opinions of the song "Imagine".
23/Nov/2003 The National Trust (BBC4) - Show 2 documented the restoration of Menlove Avenue.
04/Feb/2004 BBC World News (BBC4) - Yoko Ono interview.
14/Mar/2004 The South Bank Show (ITV1) - John Lennon's Jukebox.
   Jul/2004 Art & the '60s (BBC4) - 3 part series, Yoko interviewed on shows 1&3 + John clips.
23/Oct/2005 Boys&Girls-Sex & British Pop(BBC2) - Part 1 included Yoko interview + John clips.
29/Dec/2005 Lennon (S4C Wales) - An interesting documentary in Welsh.
06/Mar/2009 The Culture Show Uncut (BBC2) - Yoko exhibition in Gateshead, interview/review.
23/Jun/2010 Lennon Naked (BBC4) - Drama starring Christopher Eccleston as John 1967-71.
09/Jul/2010 Classic Albums - JL/POB (BBC4) - First UK screening of the 2008 DVD release.
19/Sep/2010 The Andrew Marr Show (BBC1) - 4 minute interview with Yoko.
22/Nov/2010 LENNONYC (USA) - Documentary film incl ints with Yoko and Elton John.


Source material for this article - Mark Lewisohn's "Beatles Chronicle", Keith Badman's "Off The Record" & "After The Break Up", Pieper & Path's "The Beatles Film & TV Chronicle 1961-1970" & "The Solo Beatles Film & TV Chronicle 1971-1980", John C. Winn's "That Magic Feeling", ITN, BBC Infax and various other bits and pieces.
Video captures courtesy of Bamiyan . Thanks to Miki Hori for "Freetime".

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