A dramatization based on Ian R. MacLeod’s alternate history story “Snodgrass” is being made as part of the UK Sky Playhouse. Snodgrass, about a world in which John Lennon left the Beatles before they hit it big. The production, which will air on Sky Arts 1, is based on the first third of the story. The show will be broadcast on April 25. John Lennon will be portrayed by Ian Hart, who previously portrayed Lennon in The Hours and Times (1991) and Backbeat (1994).
Graphic designer Heinz Edelmann (b.1934) died on July 21. Edelmann is best known in the English-speaking world for his work as art director on the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine. Edelmann’s other high profile work included the design of the mascot for the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville, Spain. Edelmann was also instrumental in book cover designs for the publishing house Klett-Cotta and had a lengthy career in poster design. He also taught art design at the Academy in Stuttgart.