Interesting Friday night watching a set of programmes about David Bowie on BBC4. My favourite was the first, David Bowie And The Story Of Ziggy Stardust, a documentary presented by Jarvis Cocker, on the influences behind Ziggy, featuring input from Woody Woodmansy and Trevor Bolder of the Spiders From Mars, along with keyboard player Mike Garson - whose work on Aladdin Sane was so memorable - mime artist Lindsay Kemp, Mick Ronson's widow Suzi Ronson and Elton John. Other contributors included Gary Kemp, Dylan Jones, Marc Almond and Steve Harley.
The documentary covered Bowie's Anthony Newley influenced background, through his first solo album on Deram, then Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World and Hunky Dory. Bowie's involvement with artists such as Mott The Hoople, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop in the seventies was also covered. There was a good selection of archive footage from throughout his career and comment on his significant influence on future generations.
The other programmes started with The Genius Of David Bowie - a selection of clips from the seventies onward, such as Space Oddity, Queen Bitch and Rebel Rebel, along with performances from those Bowie-influenced artists like Mott The Hoople and Lou Reed. Then there was Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, the legendary film of the farewell Ziggy performance at Hammersmith Odeon on 1973, and David Bowie At The BBC, a concert recorded at the BBC Radio Theatre.
All in all, well worth a look while the programmes are still available on the iplayer.