The BBC has announced details of a feature length documentary about David Bowie, due to air on BBC Two this May.
The documentary – provisionally titled “Five Years” – will focus on five critical years in Bowie’s career: 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983. The programme also promises to bring the story up to date with his forthcoming album, The Next Day.
Intended as a complement to the “David Bowie is” exhibition at London’s V&A opening on March 23, “Five Years” will include unseen footage of Bowie in the studio and on tour as well as previously un-transmitted interviews.
Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor, Music & Events, says: “David Bowie is one of the most important international music stars of the past fifty years. His impact on the music industry around the globe is exceptional. The never-before-seen footage in this programme will provide a fascinating insight into the world of this very private person.”
Francis Whately, director, says: “This is a project that has been in development for more than a decade, in fact since Bowie and I worked together in 2001 on a film for the BBC Omnibus strand. This year, 2013, is shaping up to be the year of David Bowie, and now is the perfect moment for this feature length film devoted to this extraordinary artist.”
The BBC will also air other Bowie-related programmes during the spring.