Bowie at the BBC

Bowie at the BBC


The many personae of pop’s chameleon are unfurled before our eyes in this one-hour sprint through 50 years. From long-haired David Jones in suit and tie, to the jumpsuit-and-boxer-boots years and on into a future of pierrots and goblins. The reinventions have been described to death, but the music is the thing. Thrill again to brotherly Bowie and Ronson at the mic together, or the soaring sunshine of Starman, and relive the thespian era of John Merrick and Mr Lawrence. It was a career of simply breathtaking variety and craft.


A chronology of clips from the BBC archive giving an overview of Bowie's career from 1964 until his death in 2016, offering a series of snapshots into his rapidly evolving career across music, films and the theatre. Among the many clips are performances for Top of the Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Later with Jools Holland, plus Bowie in interviews about his roles in The Elephant Man, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and Labyrinth.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Dione Newton