New John Lennon film


What would have happened if John Lennon had left the Beatles in 1962? This is the intriguing premise of a new Sky Arts drama, Snodgrass, which (subject to schedule changes) will be broadcast on April 25th. It stars the successful Liverpool actor Ian Hart, who’s played Lennon twice before, notably in the film Backbeat. In the TV play, Lennon is an embittered 50 year old and on the dole, while the Beatles, led by Paul McCartney, are a naff oldies band. The play, scripted by David Quantick, is adapted from a short story by science fiction writer Ian R. MacLeod. Click here to access Ian’s website, where there’s more on the film, including photos taken at the shoot. And don’t forget that on this website you can also read our interview with Tony Barrow (the Beatles press officer during their Sixties heyday), and our feature The Beatles: 50 Fabulous Facts, which looks closely at 1962, a pivotal year in the history of the group.