The television documentary 24 Hours: The World of John and Yoko, filmed by the BBC and aired only once in late 1969, is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video US.
The 30-minute film on John Lennon and Yoko Ono, directed by Paul Morrison, was made over a five-day period at their Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire, as well as at Abbey Road Studios and the Apple Records offices in London.
It aired in the UK on December 15, 1969 as part of the BBC’s 24 Hours current affairs series. It can now be seen in full, for the first time since then, via the Coda Collection on Amazon. A subscription or free trial is required.
The official description of the documentary says that it “shows a day in the life of John and Yoko while Lennon was still a member of The Beatles, controversies raged and activism became a central concern in the couple’s everyday reality.”
‘A hugely transitional moment’
The film now includes a new, accompanying editorial by journalist Alan Light in which, reports Rolling Stone, he describes it as “a fascinating snapshot of a hugely transitional moment for John and Yoko. [It is] a portrait of two energized and inspired artist-activists, with a strong sense of purpose and a fearless attitude, even in the face of resistance and ridicule.”
The World of John and Yoko was filmed at the same time as a programme by another UK broadcaster, ATV, titled Man Of The Decade. Lennon was nominated for the title, and interviewed for his segment of that program, by anthropologist Desmond Morris. Unusually, the filming of that feature appears in the BBC documentary. The Man Of The Decade program was broadcast in the UK two weeks after The World of John and Yoko, on December 30.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – The Ultimate Collection can be bought here.