Producer of BBC’s John Lennon Documentary

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The producer of a new BBC Radio 2 documentary, broadcast to mark John Lennon’s 80th birthday, lives in Crowborough.

For the first time, Sean Ono Lennon has interviewed Sir Paul McCartney about his relationship with his father, John.

During her career Liz Barnes has made plenty of documentaries about rock legends – Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton – however she admits to feeling more than a little bit daunted when offered the chance to work with John Lennon’s sons Sean and Julian.

The first part of the documentary is broadcast tomorrow evening.

I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a programme that felt so terrifyingly important – I know from personal experience how strongly Beatles fans critique anything that mentions John’s name or feature his music. I hope what we’ve done is provide a unique perspective on John for his birthday, with new voices and new insights into who he was and how he lived.

In a blog written for the BBC website, Liz gives a flavour of how she approached the project she worked on over the summer and some of the other contributors.

When I began work on this programme, I was acutely aware that yes, we were concentrating on John Lennon at 80, but with Sean involved, the story suddenly included a boy who had lost his Dad in the most awful circumstances.

Part 1 is at 9pm tomorrow on BBC Radio 2 with Part 2 broadcast next Sunday (9th October). They will be available afterwards on BBC Sounds.

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