New 'British Scandal' Podcast Recounts 'The Ballad of John and Yoko'

A new series of episodes in the "British Scandal" podcast focuses on "The Ballad of John and Yoko" and discusses the couple's relationship, how it was received by the public and fans, and the break-up of the Beatles. 

John and Yoko's former assistant Dan Richter is interviewed in the final episode. Previous installments of the podcast have focused on former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, censorship advocate Mary Whitehouse, the Profumo Affair, the Sex Pistols and more.

Here's a description of the John and Yoko episodes. Click the links to listen on Spotify.

Episode One: Julia
John Lennon has a dream - to make music. So when he enlists George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to join his band The Quarrymen, he feels like this is the start of something big. But as tragedy strikes, and he faces the perils of newfound stardom, John seeks out new inspiration - an avant-garde, Japanese artist called Yoko Ono.

John Lennon is mesmerized by the strange, thrilling artist Yoko Ono. He has never experienced a collaboration like this with anyone. Not even Paul. But as their relationship deepens, so too do problems in the band. Could this be the end of The Beatles?

After the Beatles break up, John's addictions and his bitter jealousy of Paul McCartney threaten to rip his life, and relationship with Yoko, apart. When Yoko sends him away to LA, will their relationship survive?

Matt and Alice talk to Dan Richter, friend and live-in assistant to John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the 1970s. An American who, in his own words, “came along for the ride: a co-conspirator, confidant, assistant and dope-buddy”, Dan gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the private world of John and Yoko. He recalls the making of Lennon's legendary hit 'Imagine', and tells us whether he believes the couple were truly compatible.