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David Bowie: Five Years

An intimate portrait of five key years in David Bowie's career, featuring interviews with his closest collaborators and a wealth of previously unseen archive material.

An intimate portrait of five key years in David Bowie's career. Featuring a wealth of previously unseen archive this film looks at how Bowie continually evolved, from Ziggy Stardust to the soul star of Young Americans and the 'Thin White Duke'. It explores his regeneration in Berlin with the critically acclaimed album Heroes, his triumph with Scary Monsters and his global success with Let's Dance. With interviews with all his closest collaborators, this film investigates how Bowie became an icon of our times.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Fri 12 Jan 2018 21:00


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A tribute to Trevor Bolder

A tribute to Trevor Bolder

In Hull, they nicknamed him ‘Trumpets’ because trumpet was his first instrument. On Planet Rock he was Trevor Bolder, who bestrode the stage as bassist with David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars.


Charles Shaar Murray on Trevor Bolder

David Bowie Is...

David Bowie Is...

Take a tour of the Bowie V&A exhibition with 6 Music's Cerys Matthews.


Audio and visual slideshow



Role Contributor
Director Francis Whately
Producer Francis Whately
Executive Producer Phil Dolling


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The making of Five Years

Read an interview with director Francis Whately on the BBC TV blog

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