A New Doc will Revisit the Week John Lennon and Yoko Ono Hosted a TV Talk Show

It was ‘The Mike Douglas Show’

Back in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted The Mike Douglas Show for a whole week. Now, a new documentary, titled Daytime Revolution will revisit that week. Directed by Erik Nelson, the documentary was authorized by Ono and Lennon’s son, Sean, and will include archival footage from each of the five episodes co-hosted by the famous couple in 1972. The film will also feature interviews with surviving guests who were interviewed by Lennon and Ono on the show, as well as behind-the-scenes stories of the pair’s week-long stint.

Across their five-episode run on The Mike Douglas Show, Lennon and Ono discussed then-controversial topics like environmental conservation and police brutality, and interviewed activists like Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale, and lecturer and attorney Ralph Nader.

Speaking of Daytime Revolution, Nelson said: “It’s become a cliche that Woodstock was the defining moment of the counterculture, [but] when I watched these broadcasts in their entirety, I realized that, in reality, this week in 1972, when Lennon and Ono essentially hijacked the airwaves and presented the best minds and dreams of their generation to the widest possible mass audience… was as far as the counterculture would ever get.”

A release date for Daytime Revolution has not yet been announced.

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