BBC One to revisit David Bowie documentary

David Bowie at ATV Elstree, 1977To mark David Bowie’s chart topping comeback album and a new exhibition at the V&A Museum the BBC are to air a documentary looking at the music star.

Alan Yentob revisits his and Bowie’s legendary 1975 documentary in Imagine… David Bowie: Cracked Actor, part of the Imagine series strand. The programme is the second of two specials, the first looking at fellow singer Beyoncé..

The film follows Bowie during the Diamond Dogs tour of 1974, revealing a brilliant but troubled performer at a crucial moment of creative reinvention. Cracked Actor has become one of the classic rock documentaries of all time, remaining an enduring influence on generations of Bowie fans.

Alan Yentob, BBC’s Creative Director and presenter of Imagine, said: “Bowie had come to America with an extraordinary cast of characters, all of whom he had determined to kill off by the end of the Diamond Dogs tour.

“I’d caught him at what was an intensely creative time, but it was also physically and emotionally gruelling. Our encounters tended to take place in hotel rooms in the early hours of the morning or in snatched conversations in the back of limousines. He was fragile and exhausted but also prepared to open up and talk in a way he had never really done before.”

Imagine… David Bowie: Cracked Actor airs on Thursday the 4th of April at 10.35pm on BBC One.

[Reported by Neil Lang]